In an unusual move, Pakistan Army tonight released a video song in solidarity with the people of Kashmir, hours ahead of Kashmir Day which is observed annually in the country on February 5.
The song was released by army’s media wing Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) on social media.
5 Feb…Solidarity with Kashmiris. Atrocities in Held Kashmir must stop. Kashmiris be given their right of self determination=UN Resolutions pic.twitter.com/b3VTJI89o4— Maj Gen Asif Ghafoor (@OfficialDGISPR) February 4, 2017
Titled ‘Sangbaaz (stone-pelters)’, is a song expressing solidarity with the youth of Kashmir.
Its lyrics urge India to leave Kashmir.
The video shows that the song was likely picturised using actual footage from Kashmir.
The song starts with the popular chant of “We will take our freedom, from India we will take our freedom” and the starting lyrics are: “O Kashmir, your beauty depicts your pain, there are tears in your eyes and chains around your feet.”
“You can pluck out my eyes but can never snatch my dreams,” is the punch line.
Tensions between Pakistan and India have been running high, with an escalation in ceasefire violations along the Line of Control and Working Boundary.
Earlier today, Pakistan Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz said the killing of Hizbul commander Burhan Wani in an encounter with Indian security forces on July 8 last year was a “turning point” for Kashmir.
He also termed the ensuing violence in the Valley an “indigenous youth-led movement” triggered by India’s “misguided efforts” to change the state’s demography.
On Sunday, Nawaz Sharif said Kashmir is the “core dispute” between India and Pakistan and the dream of peace and prosperity of the people of the region will remain elusive without resolving the issue.
Describing Kashmir issue is the “unfinished agenda of partition and the oldest disputes in the UN Security Council, Sharif said “for the last seven decades India has denied the people of Kashmir the right to self-determination promised to them by the international community through numerous UN Security Council resolutions”.