By Zafar Sultan.
Every year 6 November is celebrated to commemorate those tens of thousands of Kashmiri Muslims from Jammu who were beguiled into in a vicious trap and then murdered in cold blood. Those innocent and clueless Muslims, promised to facilitate their migration to their other home—Pakistan, never saw the day again. They did not have any idea that dark fate awaited them; those hapless: old, young, children, women were butchered by the Indian army and RSS. Other than savage butchery of the RSS, thousands of daughters were raped and maimed afterwards. The daughter of Chaudhry Ghulam Abbas, noted Muslim leader was kidnapped during the mass massacre, and later retrieved after the efforts of Sheikh Abdullah.
To add to agonies of Muslims, the doctors at the Government Hospital in Jammu were directed not to treat the injured Muslims. So every effort had been made to make the murder of Muslims more excruciating. The sheer bedlam that ensued is perhaps not hard to write about but too agonising to visualize. Iqbal so acutely mourned those moments in history of Muslims. Ye Ghari Mehshar Ki Hai, TuArsa’ay Mehshar Mein Hai (This moment is the Day of Judgment; you are in the field of Judgments’ Day!).
Despite passage of 69 years, the souls of those martyrs haven’t been solaced, for neither the sacrifices of Jammu have been heeded to nor day has dawned in Kashmir. In fact, the plight of Kashmiris has aggravated and their woes worsened further. Jammu massacre offers some significant connections, with the present state of affairs in Kashmir.
It’s unsurprising that the present government in Kashmir and Dehli is of those hawks whose grand parents had spearheaded the reign of mayhem and terror in Jammu. The agenda of RSS is no secret: to finish the issue of Kashmir once for all and also to alter the demography of Jammu and Kashmir.
The gory incidents of Jammu cry for certain actions and explanations.Sadly, this year the government in Muzaffarabd and Islamabad showed callous indifference to this day. No marked programs were seen. Equally sad was the indifference of media which in Pakistan is largely independent and sizeable in number. And there is small surprise that majority of our masses, especially our youth seems to be having little or no knowledge of the massacre most fou,l of such a massive scale.
This day also bags some other pertinent questions.When Kashmiris in Jammu were ensnared, by the RSS marauders under patronage of the Indian army,here in Pakistan a significant step was taken by Sir Zafarullah Khan who formulated Alfurqan Brigade and assigned the responsibility of training them to 16 Punjab Regiment , stationed at Sialkot. It’s apropos to mention here that 16 Punjab Regiment was basically a skeleton regiment, not a regular army regiment with only a few officers and jawans. The Al Furqan Brigade was equipped with weapons and basic combat skills and sent to Jammu border to assist the Muslims ensnared at Jammu.
Nevertheless, it is saddening not to find any mention of Al Furqan Brigade in annals of the history. The entombed Muslims kept on waiting for assistance of Al Furqan Brigade stationed around 12 kms from the area where chilling butchery took place, but it never reached them. Why did the brigade not discharge its duties: to guard and guide the strangled Muslims in Jammu to Pakistan? Where did all those weapons which were with Al.Furqan Brigade disappear? Why wasn’t there any inquiry into the role of Al Furqan Brigade conducted? These questions would keep on haunting the historians and urging the students of history to discover their answers.
The plight of people of Kashmir has been compounded further, since BJP is in power, it’s advancing barbaric agenda of its forefathers with impunity. The last 124 days since the martyrdom of Burhan Wani has been worst in the history of Kashmir.The brutalities of more than one million Indian military and paramilitary forces have unleashed a macabre of bloodbath,more brutal,more callous.
However, the resilience of Kashmiri people has become afresh. In fact a new spirit has been infused into this freedom struggle.The 6 November calls for some very urgent measures. Those martyrs of Jammu should not be forgotten too soon.The current struggle owes a great deal to those unsung sacrificers and dwellers of unknown graves in Jammu.
The global community should realise that the RSS believes in genocide and elimination of Muslims from Jammu. In fact the RSS wouldn’t hesitate to achieve its unholy goals, even treading on skeletons of Kashmiris.
The writer is an academics and may be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org