Twitter is all abuzz with the discussion on the militant attack on Indian paramilitary police in Indian-held Kashmir, yesterday. The attack resulted in over 40 casualties, and the Indian government and media are alleging that the terrorist elements camped in Pakistan carried it out.
The tragedy has garnered responses from both sides including Indian prime minister’s warning of a “crushing response” to the perpetrators. Amidst all of this, Hamza Ali Abbasi, industry’s resident political voice, also shared his two cents on the entire situation, on his Twitter account last night.
Every human life is sacred, its loss should be mourned. I am not celebrating the death of these soldiers BUT Kashmiris DONT WANT INDIAN ARMY OCCUPATION & my advice to the Indian Army: LEAVE KASHMIR! bcz Kashmiris have taken everything in their own hands.
— Hamza Ali Abbasi (@iamhamzaabbasi) February 14, 2019
Hamza began by explaining how he, in no way, condones the attack on the Indian Army as every human life is sacred. His tweet then progressed to hint towards the fact that the attack is a manifestation to the fact that the Kashmiris don’t want Indian army occupation and that it is better for the former to leave Kashmir as they have taken everything in their own hands now.
The tweet, as expected, garnered reactions from both Indians and Pakistanis.
For instance, this tweet from India asked Hamza how he knew what Kashmiris want:
And how do you know what Kashmiris want? Or will Pakistan, a foreign nation take decisions for us.?#Kashmir was, is & shall always remain an integral part of India. Jai Hind. Vande Mataram#TerrorismHasMazhab #PakistanSponsoredTerrorism #PakistanNahiSudhrega #PakistanSmilesAgain
— CRPF🇮🇳 Mourya – మౌర్య – মৌর্য্য (@themouryan) February 15, 2019
While some others were skeptical of the timing of the attack:
Don’t blame Pakistan for terror attack in Pulwama district, Kashmiri youth hate India on their free will, says Farooq Abdullah pic.twitter.com/vbKuOjdciD
— Mazhar Ali (@mazhr_) February 14, 2019
Some others accused him of justifying the attack and criticized the language of the tweet:
The fact that u use 'BUT' in ur Statement & then Shamelessly try to justify Brutal Massacre of Indian Soldiers in Kashmir itself Shows Malice in ur Intentions !
First Muster the Courage to Condemn Terror Unequivocally w/o any IFS & BUTS.
Then talk about peace.
— Harsh Dashputre (@dashputre_8) February 14, 2019
Regardless of whatever interpretation of his tweet is true, the fact that 40 plus human beings were killed in an attack remains valid. The same goes for the Indian army’s state-sponsored terrorism on innocent Kashmiris.
The fact is that Kashmir has seen a lot of blood being spilt, we hope and pray that the situation in the scenic region settles down without the loss of any more lives in the process.