‘We want everyone to own the Kashmir cause.’
Mushaal Hussein Mullick, the wife of detained Kashmiri leader Yasin Malik, talks to SouthAsia in this exclusive interview..
SouthAsia: Considering the prevailing scenario, what are the options Pakistan is left with in Kashmir?
Mushaal Mullick: Pakistan should come up with a consistent, full-fledged and all-encompassing policy on Kashmir. Devised for a minimum five-year period, the policy must be based on a holistic approach as merely a journalistic approach cannot grab world attention. To keep raising the Kashmir cause on international fora, there must be a dedicated and strategic Kashmir Cell, where all segments of society, especially the Kashmiris, who are the key stakeholders, must work in unison and speak as one voice to expose the brutalities being committed by the Indian security forces against the innocent people of Kashmir. The people of Azad Kashmir (AJK) and the Hurriyat leadership should be brought on board as, without actively involving them, it would be impossible to develop an all-inclusive Kashmir policy.
Q:Do you think Prime Minster Imran Khan’s speech at the United Nations will make any difference?
A: At this time, it is very difficult to see any significant results coming from PM Imran Khan’s address at the UN. Honestly speaking, Pakistan has always supported us by raising the Kashmir issue at the UN, no matter whoever is heading the country, be it Nawaz Sharif, Benazir Bhutto, and the others. However, when Imran Khan raised the Kashmir issue at to the UN, the circumstances were extraordinary. The Indian government had unilaterally abrogated Articles 370 and 35-A, bifurcating the Kashmir Valley and depriving it of its special constitutional status. Since then, IOK was placed under curfew and the Indian Army resorted to extrajudicial killings to suppress the Kashmiris, while the top Kashmiri leadership was under arrest, including Yasin Malik, my husband.We need a very strong policy on Kashmir. No doubt, PM Imran Khan spoke at the UN straight from his heart, but mere speeches cannot win us freedom. A more practical Read More