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Campaign that dragged celebs who won’t utter a word on Kashmir

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KARACHI: Tales about brutality and violence at the hands of Indian forces in the divided Kashmir are not new. They have been killing independence-seeking men, torturing children and raping women since ages. It is just that every time the reasons for their crimes take new shapes.

This time around, the Indian forces are again on a killing spree because they think Kashmiris have no right to protest and that too peacefully.

It has been so many long days of violence and protests in the valley that have so far engulfed the lives of scores of Kashmiris, majority of whom are youth.

By the time these are being written, Indian forces have killed at least 60 people in Kashmir.

We have not heard anything positive from the global advocates of human rights on the unrest in the scenic valley triggered by the killing of a young pro-independence leader Burhan Wani in a gunfight with Indian soldiers on July 8.

A recent campaign, highlighting the burning issue of Kashmir by pushing famous Indian celebs and Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, also naively believed that their morphed faces would feel the pain of Kashmiri people.

However, to everyone’s surprise, they could not.

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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi

People behind the artwork in Jibran Nasir’s campaign…What if you knew the Victim? with the hashtags #IndiaCantSee #LetKashmirDecide probably did not know that those pallet wounds have not just made these celebs blind but mum too.

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Bollywood actor Amitabh Bachan

Never Forget Pakistan, the organisation promoting the campaign, works to create positive narratives and do advocacy on human rights.

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Bollywood actor Alia Bhatt

Through these beautiful known faces, the campaign wants to shed light on the horrid face of violence in Kashmir by the Indian forces and police.

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Indian cricketer Virat Kohli

Nevertheless, the focus remains on the uncontrolled use of pallet guns against unarmed civilians and protesters.

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Bollywood actor Aishwarya Rai Bachan

“This campaign is not about jingoism. It is about trying to create empathy. We live in a sad world where we have to present genuine tragedies in a creative way just to make people pause and think for a moment,” said the campaign.

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Bollywood actor Hrithik Roshan

The drive that managed to grab the attention of the Indian and global media simply could not make any of the celebs who were made part of it, say at least a word of sympathy for the Kashmiris, let alone empathy.

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Bollywood actor Kajol Devgan

Facebook has been deeply criticised for censoring posts by academics and activists regarding growing violence in the Indian-held Kashmir, which the social media website claimed were removed after they violated Facebook’s community standards of hate speech or incitement to violence.

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Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Jibran Nasir also mentioned how people in Kashmir perceived his pallet poster campaign.

 

Now, how long Zuckerberg can dare to bear this new Kashmir campaign against the so-called Facebook’s policy is a hard-hitting question.

And, before it vanishes from the social media website, keep sharing it for Kashmir, Kashmiri people and their freedom movement.

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