PoK Kashmiris, Terrorists Dumping Failed State Pak?

23 October 2009
Times Now


New Delhi: In what seems to be a tectonic shift in the political landscape of Kashmir, there are growing indications that with Pakistan visibly imploding, Kashmiris in Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) are beginning to slowly see reason and have begun to distance themselves from Islamabad. The first indication came when three dreaded terrorists told TIMES NOW that there were 6,000 others like them who were just waiting to give up the gun and embrace the mainstream. The second indication came from London where a dozen Kashmiri political groups working out of PoK have in a sensational u-turn nailed Pakistan's version on the Kashmir issue. Three surrendered militant told TIMES NOW that most of those who crossed over to PoK now want to come back. A surrendered militant Imitiaz Ahmed Lond said, 'Many young men crossed over to PoK under pressure but they did not join the militants. Many of them took refugee status and started working. But most of them now want to return to Kashmir.' Another militant - Noor Mohd, a who was once a member of Hizbul Mujahideen said, 'I was afraid to cross the border back into India. But I returned because my father called me back. I expected to be treated leniently.' They also said that many of them are not sure what awaits them if they take the treacherous trek back into Kashmir. 'Those who cross over to PoK have no option but to join the militants. I decided to come back because my parents wrote to me that the government was offering amnesty to those who would surrender,' a surrendered Al Badr militant Syed Arif Qasim said. Kashmiri groups condemn Pakistan's 1947 invasion While close to 6,000 terrorists are believed to be waiting to give up the gun, in London Kashmiri political groups working out of Pakistan occupied Kashmir have nailed Pakistan's version on the Kashmir issue. For the first time in 62 years , 13 Kashmiri political groups in the United Kingdom passed a resolution against Pakistan's tribal invasion into India in October 1947. The Kashmiri representatives said that the tribal invasion was designed to force the maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir to join Pakistan. Pushing for independence, the Kashmiris said they were opposed to both Indian and Pakistani policies. This seems to be a quiet but determined turnaround by the Kashmiri diaspora, mostly in the UK, where they have mainly settled after leaving Pakistan occupied Kashmir. These Kashmiri groups, for the past six decades, have been commemorating October 22 as a black day against Indian forces marching into Srinagar in October 1947.