Quite often people of Pakistan claim that J&K under Pakistani control is much better than Kashmir under Indian Control.
This is a misleading statement.
For members of this page, we submit following facts on which we base our analysis while comparing India and Pakistan and on which, we believe, any comparison between India and Pakistan regarding their treatment of J&Kians should be made:
- The treatment which people of Jammu and Kashmir are being met by India can’t be analysed looking at the situation of Valley only.
India doesn’t occupy Valley only, Jammu, and Ladakh are also occupied by India and Muslims not only live in the Valley but they also live in Jammu and Ladakh.
Has anybody ever heard of excesses of Indian army and BSF against people of Jammu and people of Ladakh?
Have we ever thought about this different scenario?
Why is it so?
What’s happening in the Valley is not a normal situation, there are thousands of foreign (Pakistani) infiltrators operative in the Valley, Pakistan is continuously supplying, arms, money and manpower to the locals in Valley since 1988.
The situation in Kashmir Valley is one that Pakistan is experiencing in Wazirstan and which they had been facing in Swat most recently.
Let’s very impartially compare now Wazirstan and Swat with Kashmir Valley.
How is Pakistan responding to violence in Wazirstan and how have they dealt with violence and uprising in Swat?
The same situation is being faced by India in Kashmir Valley and that’s why we see brutalities of Indian forces in Kashmir Valley.
If people of Jammu and Ladakh are facing the similar brutalities at hands of Indian forces in Jammu and Ladakh, then we may claim that people of Jammu and Kashmir are being mistreated by India.
But that’s not the case. So whenever comparison is made between India and Pakistan, for any state of affairs in Indian held parts of J&K and Pakistani held parts of J&K, the comparison should be made between Jammu, Ladakh and AJK, GB. Kashmir Valley should always be kept aside while analysing the situation as there is an armed rebellion against India in the Valley and that can’t be compared with AJK or GB as there is no armed rebellion in these areas.
Thus AJK & GB can only be compared with Jammu and Ladakh and not with Kashmir Valley.
Ladakh is part of GB and most of AJK is part of Jammu, and any comparison between them is a real comparison for any purpose.
In 2011, total population of the State of J&K under Indian control was 12,548,926.
Ratio of Muslims:
Ratio of Hindus:
Please keep all these figures in mind for any comparison purpose.
When comparing Indian held J&K with Pakistani held J&K why only 15.73% of the whole area under Indian control is compared with 100% of the are under Pakistani control?
Have we ever thought?
Is it a real comparison?
Why only 54.93% population under Indian control is compared with 100% population under Pakistani control?
Why 45.07% population of entire territory under Indian control is excluded while doing any comparison?
Is it justifiable under any standards?
And even in the Valley, how many people are part of the peaceful democratic process?
In 2014, from 25th November to 20th December, assembly elections were held in Indian controlled J&K, All Parties Hurriat Conference (an alliance of the political parties that are fighting against the occupation of India in Valley) gave a call to boycott the elections. But astonishingly 65.23% of total registered voters turned up to cast their votes rejecting and ignoring calls by APHC.
What does this mean?
There were 87 assembly seats up for elections:
On 25th November election was held for 15 seats, voters turn out was 71.28%,
On 2nd December election was held for 18 seats and voters turnout was 71%,
On 9th December election was held for 16 seats and voters turnout was 58.89%,
On 14th December election was held for 18 seats and the voters turnout was 49%
And on 20th December election was held for 20 seats and the voters turnout was 76%.
These figures depict how people of various constituencies have taken part in elections process which were held under the constitution of J&K State.
In fact a vast majority of the people of J&K wish to resolve the dispute between India and Pakistan through peaceful means. Only a tiny minority of Muslims in Kashmir Valley is siding with Pakistan and has taken up arms against India and this minority is funded and armed by Pakistan and due to the violence created by this minority, people of whole Kashmir Valley are suffering. The situation is exactly similar to that of Wazirstan.
How is Pakistan dealing with this situation in Wazirstan?
Or how any other country on the globe would deal with such situation in their country?
Syria, Iraq, Turkey, Afghanistan, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia and Egypt are a just few examples which may be taken into consideration for this purpose.
Purpose of this whole elaboration is to emphasise that when any comparison is drawn between India and Pakistan regarding their role in J&K, Valley should be considered under all objective conditions and full analysis should be made.
And being people of J&K, when we draw such real comparison between India and Pakistan,
we conclude that people of J&K living under Indian control are much much better off than people of AJK & GB living under Pakistani control.
Any comments based on rational arguments and facts and figures are welcome.
History of GB, Ladakh & JK.