There are many places in the World that I have been to and many that I want to go still. I have been to England, the USA, Turkey, Dubai and many more places. They all are very amazing places to visit. They all have their own special magic that attracts the tourists like if you go to the USA, Orlando is the city for all of the theme parks, Los Vegas is famous for its nightlife and New York is famous for its skyscrapers etc.
Similarly, Turkey is famous about the history it carries about the Christians rule, Ottomon Empire, Rumi’s tomb etc. England is also very famous as a nation who ruled the world as a superpower of its time. Dubai is famous for being a perfect Metropolitan city developed out in the wild deserts.
The Neelum Valley
But there is this one place that I have visited twice and I have left my heart there. Azad Kashmir is the only place where I want to go again and again. It’s a place known as a paradise on earth, a place with abundant eye-catching natural beauty. One of its ultimate beauty is that it is thickly wooded and the Neelum River.
Azad Kashmir is famous for its dry fruits especially the walnuts. It’s also famous for its wildlife i.e. markhor, black bear, cheetah, monkeys, black snakes, horses, and Himalayan monal. Azad Kashmir keeps its fame for its fruits, herbs, green vegetables, beans, and rare stones. Neelum Valley is most famous for its lakes and heart touching scenery. The people of Azad Kashmir are very friendly and hospitable.
The Kashmir Conflict
But they are living their lives in a vague harmony. Their safety and security are being challenged by the great LOC (line of control). In the year 2018, Indian forces violated the cease-fire agreement for over 1300 times. Sometimes these violations are done on mosques, houses, colleges and sometimes they target the school’s buses.
What this part of Kashmir faces from Indian forces time to time, is a routine life of people living in Jammu & Kashmir (Indian occupied Kashmir). In 2018, over 400 Kashmiris got killed by state-owned forces to silenced their voice of freedom. Over 1300 Kashmiris got blinded since 2016 by the use of pallet guns against the unarmed freedom protesters. Other then that Indian forces have been accused of raping the innocent Kashmiri Womens many times in past.
The Kashmir Day
5th of February is observed as a Kashmir Day in Pakistan. On this day the whole nation pledges to work for the freedom of the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Pakistanis refresh their pledge to support and stand with their Kashmiri brothers and sisters to help them achieve their long desired freedom. Rallies, seminars and speeches are conducted on every platform from schools, colleges, provincial assemblies, national assemblies, foreign embassies and the UN in favor of the right of freedom for Kashmiris.
Burhan Wani was a young 22 years old freedom fighter and a local hero due to his bravery and activities on social media. In 2016 his death by the hands of Indian forces gave this freedom movement a new life. From his death, till today every passing day, their freedom cause is getting highlighted more than before. Every passing day makes the lives of people living in Indian occupied Kashmir more and more difficult, but their passion has never gone down for freedom. Every day they make their protest registered and chant their slogans with fierce and anger for freedom.