PESHAWAR: The time is ripe to come up before the world with a new narrative on the crisis in Kashmir and to expose India's real face before the international community and the best tool to do that is social media.
This was suggested by Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) President Sardar Masood Khan on Thursday while addressing a conference at the Sheikh Zayed Islamic Centre Auditorium of the University of Peshawar (UoP) on ‘Exposing true face of fascist India: Pakistan’s comprehensive media strategy”. The event had been jointly organised by UoP and the Centre for Global and Strategic Studies (CGSS).
Masood said that Pakistanis and Kashmiris have the potential to highlight the Kashmir issue in the context of the changing situation, and expose India's false narrative.
He exhorted the Pakistani youth and students to counter India's false propaganda by using the most popular and connected networks of our time, social media. He urged them to apprise the world about the brutalities that the Indian military is subjecting residents of the disputed Himalayan territory.
The media, he said, could play a role in positively projecting the Kashmir case and through media they could achieve the targeted aims for paving the ways and means to independence.
"The government and the state of Pakistan, through the tool of parliamentary diplomacy, should reach out to important global parliaments, and increase pressure on India," he suggested.
The AJK president further urged the students to expand their knowledge about the Kashmir conflict, and try to learn about the major change which has been taking place in IoK after August 5, and how the policy of incumbent Indian fanatic government on Kashmir and the region, is affecting the Muslims of Pakistan and the region.
Masood lamented that despite the international attention to the issue and the matter being raised in the United Nations, the global body failed to play its due role.
He further said that the policy of Indian rulers was not just limited to Kashmir but towards all Indian Muslims and beyond.
"On the one hand, Indian rulers are threatening to attack and occupy AJK while on the other, they are threatening to use nuclear weapons against Pakistan," he added.
"The people of Jammu and Kashmir have been fighting for their freedom and democratic rights for the last 200 years, and they will continue their struggle till the realisation of their rights,” he declared.
Published in The Express Tribune, November 15th, 2019.
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