As life-size posters of Hurriyet leaders, Kashmiri martyrs and pallet gun victims go up all over the country to show how much we care for Kashmir in this most difficult hour in Kashmir’s history, those who represent Kashmiris in Pakistan continue to stick to their reckless selfish ways.
Following in the footsteps of the prime minister of Azad Kashmir, the AJK President has also given in to his personal greed by ordering purchase of three news vehicles, worth 55 million rupees. These include a Toyota Land-cruiser V8 worth 46 million, a 1.8cc Toyota Grandee worth 6 million and a Revo worth 4 million. This is despite many luxurious vehicles which are already in his use.
Last year, AJK prime minister ordered purchase of a Toyota Land-cruiser V8 despite the fact that a top-line luxury Mercedes Benz was already in his use.
Shamefully, these purchases have been made at a time when the entire Kashmiri population is in a state of collective pain and people are dying across the ceasefire line day in and day out.
Imagine! In a state of affairs in which nearly 11 million people (10 million in occupied Kashmir and one million living along the ceasefire line) are fighting for the survival of their body and soul, those who rule AJK in those people’s name use those very miserable people as their justification to spend tens of millions of rupees to sustain their own personal lifestyle at the level of high luxury. And yet at the same time they have the gall to keep calling on the world to raise voice for the Kashmiris.
If the PM and the president really felt pain for the sorry state of the Kashmiri people, there were far better ways to use this substantial amount of 110 million rupees. For example, this money was enough to build as many as 4,000 bunkers along the ceasefire line which would go a long way in protecting the lives children, women and men who continue to live under the shadow of the Indian guns. Or, it could have been used to provide doctors and strengthen first-aid facilities at health centres along this border region which as of now only exist in name and are worth no help to the locals when they are fatally caught in border fire.
Also, this money could have been used to fund 3-year academic programmes of at least 300 Kashmiri students who are studying in professional colleges in Pakistan and would tomorrow represent the the face of Kashmir to the world. And equally importantly, Just 30% of the money spent thus spent on egotistical instincts could have gone to scientifically collect that very crucial database of Indian violence which the world needs to see before it can fathom the depths of the human tragedy in Kashmir.
But the vision of the AJK rulers seems not to extend beyond their own personal instincts of gratification. Kashmir is nothing but a hen that lays the golden egg for the Kashmiri elite.