Behaviour

What other people think of you is none of your business.
Be steadfast on the right path.

To have a Pleasant Society, each day give something good to others.
Try to make at least three people smile each day.
Spend time with people over the age of 70 & under the age of 6.

Hard work never killed anybody but, general outlook is, why take a chance ?

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Pure Love

There are moments in life when you miss someone,
so much that you just want to pick them from your dreams and hug them for real.
This is the essence of Pure Love
More than once, I have done it for my dear grand children.

Your job won’t take care of you when you are sick.
Your friends will stay in touch.
So, arrange your life to be at peace

Kashmir ‘mass rape’ survivors fight for justice

More than 26 years ago, Indian soldiers allegedly raped more than 30 women in the Kashmiri villages of Kunan and Poshpora. Those who survived the attack are still fighting for justice, as Aliya Nazki from BBC Urdu reports.

It was 23 February 1991. The people of Kunan, a tiny village in Indian administered Kashmir’s Kupwara district, were retiring for the night after a cold winter day. Zooni and Zarina (not their real names) were also getting ready to go to bed when they heard a series of loud knocks on the door.

At the time, India had started a large scale military operation in an attempt to control a popular insurgency against Indian rule in Kashmir. So-called “cordon and search” operations, locally called “crackdowns”, were becoming routine and still persist to this day. In the 1990s, this would entail Indian security forces isolating an area, getting all the men out, and then searching the houses. The men would be paraded in front of an informer – and suspected militants or those deemed sympathisers would be picked up and taken away.

When Zooni and Zareena saw soldiers on their doorstep that night, remembering that day makes their eyes fill with tears even now. “We were getting ready for bed when the soldiers came. They took the men away. Some started drinking alcohol. I was holding my two-year-old daughter in my arms when they tried to grab me.
“I resisted, and in the scuffle she fell out of my arms, and out of the window. She was crippled for life.
“Three soldiers grabbed me, tore my pheran (shirt) – I don’t even know what all happened after that. There were five of them. I still remember their faces.”

Zareena was also in the same house. It had only been 11 days since her wedding. “I had returned from my parents’ house that very day. “Some soldiers asked my mother-in-law about all the new clothes hanging in the room, so she told them, ‘here, she is our new daughter-in-law, our new bride’. “What happened after that, I cannot begin to describe it. We haven’t just been wronged, what we have faced is an infinite injustice. Even today when we see soldiers we start shaking with fear.”

The people of Kunan and neighbouring Poshpora accuse the Indian army of carrying out a planned mass rape of the women in these two far-flung villages. They also claim that while the women were gang-raped, the men were subjected to horrific torture, and that they have been fighting for justice these last 26 years.

And now it seems a group of young Kashmiri women are determined to wipe this dust away.
In 2013 they filed a petition to reopen the case in the state High Court.
But not all. We spoke with Nayeema Ahmad Mahjoor, who heads the state commission for women’s rights.
She told us very clearly that she believes that this crime was committed against the people of Kunan and Poshpora, and that this should be proved in court.

“Don’t blame Pakistan, Haqqanis were your darlings at one time”, Pakistan Minister for Foreign Affairs, Khawaja Asif tells US.

Asif, who is attending the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly, added: “Don’t blame us for Haqqanis or don’t blame us for the Hafiz Saeeds. These were the people who were your darlings just 20 to 30 years back. They were being dined and wined in the White House and now you say go to hell with Pakistanis because you are nurturing these people.”
Asif said Pakistan was ready to work with the US for effective management of the Afghan border to stop terrorist infiltration and to facilitate a peace settlement in Afghanistan.
He said there was no military solution to the dragging conflict in Afghanistan. “Scapegoating Pakistan for all the Afghan ills is neither fair nor accurate… This will only help forces that we are trying to fight collectively.”
Pakistan, he said, had done all it could to facilitate a political settlement in Afghanistan, making sure that Pakistani soil was not used against any country.
In the past, the US has accused Pakistan of not taking significant action against the Haqqani Network. Washington claims the militant outfit has been operating out of “Pakistan-based safe havens” to threaten US and Afghan forces in Afghanistan.
Pakistan, he said, had in the past done all it could to facilitate a political settlement in Afghanistan, making sure that Pakistani soil was not used against any country.
In his opening remarks, Khawaja Asif also covered Pakistan’s relations with India, the Kashmir dispute, counter-terrorism measures and the country’s economic progress.
Asif said Pakistan has a “larger stake” in seeing the return of peace and stability in Afghanistan than any other country, having suffered grievously from the conflict and instability across the border.
“We are mindful of the strong desire in the US to bring the ‘long war’ in Afghanistan to an end,” the minister said. “We support this objective wholeheartedly and are ready to help in any way we can to achieve peace and stability in Afghanistan,” he said.
He, however, made it clear that there were obviously clear limits to what Pakistan could do.
“We cannot take responsibility for Afghanistan’s peace and security and be asked to achieve what the combined strength of some of the most powerful and richest countries could not accomplish,” he told the audience.
“Effective border management, frankly, is the key,” the minister said, adding: “More needs to be done on the Afghan side of the border where terrorist elements are finding easy safe havens.”
“We are keen to work with the US in effectively managing the Afghan border and in facilitating a peace process to the extent we can.”

Published by Gulf News at 16:52 hours on September 27, 2017