#Day33: ‘It is Separatism v/s Nationalism In Kashmir’

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A pro-freedom rally in Zabli Pora area of South Kashmir's Islamabad on Tuesday. (KL Image: Shah Hilal)
A pro-freedom rally in Zabli Pora area of South Kashmir’s Islamabad. (KL file Image: Shah Hilal)

Don’t forget about people of Jammu while discussing problems in Kashmir where a battle is raging between nationalism and separatism, a BJP MP told Parliament on Wednesday.

Shamsher Singh Manhas, from Jammu, was aghast over why “everyone is speaking about Kashmir and not Jammu”.

“Jammu and Kashmir is not about Kashmir only. It is Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh that make the state,” Manhas said as the upper house discussed the situation amid a bloody civil uprising in the valley, reports said today.

At least 58 civilians have been killed by forces in the valley while thousands have been injured.

Manhas said Jammu, which shares some 500 km of border with Pakistan, also had its share of problems.

“The region has 55 percent of population in the state. Some seven lakh educated youth are employed. They could have also picked the gun. They could have also shouted for freedom,” he said, adding the people in Jammu “have always believed in democracy”.

But in the Kashmir Valley, “it is a battle between nationalism and separatism”. “People in Kashmir are following separatist dictates,” he said.

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