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Let Kashmiris imitate Shah Faesal
6/19/2019 12:24:40 AM

During the last 20 years Kashmir has hit the newspaper headlines because of militancy related turmoil and violence. However, on Thursday Kashmir was in the news not for any violence but on account of the success story of one Kashmiri Shah Faesal. Faesal hit the newspaper headlines when he topped the civil services examination. It was a refreshing change, a change from morbidity to hope. Kashmiris have been known for their intelligence and genius but the Pakistan sponsored terrorism had kicked up a situation in which Kashmiris are no longer trusted not only in India but in foreign countries. It is because those boys who were known for their brilliance in academic fields had taken guns in their hands. These boys crossed the Border for arms training and later indulged in the dance of death and destruction. Before the rise of militancy in 1988 scores of doctors and engineers belonging to the valley had earned their names and fame in various Indian cities and foreign countries. After militancy took roots boys in Kashmir became gun crazy. Those who used to fight with "Kangris" (An earthen pot that keeps one warm in winter, had taken guns, that too assault rifles, in their hands. They became adept in exploding IEDS and grenades. Shah Faesal has shown them a new path. He has joined a handful Kashmiris who made it to the central services, including Iqbal Khandey and Khursheed Ahmed Ganai and three other IPS officers. This is not as important as the way he topped the central services examination at a time when boys of his age are busy in pelting stones on the police and the paramilitary forces. Others would have spent months and years in wailing and weeping over the loss of their parents. But Shah Faesal wept when he found his father, Shah Ghulam Rasool, a capable teacher, gunned down by unidentified gunmen in 2002. Faesal had not given up. He completed his MBBS in 2008 and the civil services in 2010. This is remarkable. His success story shows that there are no restrictions imposed on Kashmiris wishing and willing to join civil services and those who are keen to go in for higher studies in professional colleges in India. Opportunities for self-aggrandisement for Kashmiris are abundant but there should be takes for it. Not many will come forward till Pakistan continues to aid militancy. Faesal had shown the path for his fellows in the valley. If these boys in Kashmir imitate Faesal Kashmiri muslims will no longer remain a symbol of violence. Time has come for Kashmiris to pity the machinations of Islamabad and its agencies. It is time Pakistan keeps its hands off Kashmir so that the present generation of boys and girls earn name and fame. They have earned a bad name for being gun crazy. Faesal has shown them the path and it is for the boys and girls in Kashmir to follow him. What is painful is the way brilliance students were so much indoctrinated by the Pakistan's campaign that these boys were made to believe that the religious, political and economic rights had been muzzled by the successive state and the central Governmentss. If these misguided youths indulge in self-introspection they will be able to find that Kashmiris have enjoyed a sufficient dose of religious, political and economic freedom. Shah Faesal has demonstrated that one who does not become gullible to vicious and unfounded campaign one is bound to rise in life. We need many Shah Faesals, Khandeys and Ganais in Kashmir. There is no dearth in the talent but it can be possible only if Pakistan keeps its hands off Kashmir. Let the common people in Kashmir follow the path shown by Shah Faesal which will force the separatists in the valley to shut their shops. Kashmir needs peace for progress. Kashmir needs immediate end to violence which can be possible if the separatists allow the Kashmiris a chance to live in peace which alone could gurantee their economic and political success.
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