While abolishment of articles 370 and 35-A of the Indian Constitution, thus revoking the special status granted to Indian-held Kashmir, by Modi’s government is being hailed as a massive success by BJP supporters and conservatives, including Indian celebrities, Pakistani stars took to their social networking sites to speak out in favour of Kashmiri people.
The move to revoke Kashmir’s special status as an autonomous state followed a massive troop buildup, cluster bomb attacks on Muslim residential areas, cutting off communication services, banning public movement and shutting down educational institutes in a curfew that has been imposed for an indefinite period. Most of the prominent leaders of the Kashmir freedom movement are already under detention for months now, remaining pro-Pakistan figures were also put under house arrest.
Pakistani cyberspace flooded with messages of solidarity with the Kashmiri people and voices of protest against Indian aggression and blatant violation of human rights. Celebrities including Hamza Ali Abbasi, Mawra Hocane, Mahira Khan, Feroze Khan, Osman Khalid Butt and many others joined in to speak up against injustice.
Hamza Abbasi urged the showbiz fraternity to step forward and raise voice against India’s aggression.
Filmstar Shaan Shahid criticized Indian PM Modi saying that bathing in Ganges won’t wash away his crimes against humanity in Kashmir.
— Shaan Shahid (@mshaanshahid) August 4, 2019
Superstar Mahira Khan lamented on the situation in Kashmir,
Have we conveniently blocked what we don’t want to address? This is beyond lines drawn on sand, it’s about innocent lives being lost! Heaven is burning and we silently weep. #Istandwithkashmir #kashmirbleeds
— Mahira Khan (@TheMahiraKhan) August 5, 2019
Mawra Hocane called out international organizations for their criminal silence over the issue;
Where is UNHRC?
It’s inhumane. #Kashmir
Do we live in such dark times ?Countless conventions to protect human lives? What about all the rights & rules we are taught in the books? Do they mean anything? #SaveLivesinKashmir #KashmirBleed @UN @UNICEF_Pakistan
— MAWRA HOCANE (@MawraHocane) August 4, 2019
Lollywood’s Billi, Mehwish Hayat, showed her anger towards India’s violations of the Geneva convention;
The use of cluster bombs in Kashmir is in clear violation of the Geneva Convention. There is no justification for it whatsoever. These are simple war crimes – the world has to wake up and put a stop to these atrocities NOW! #SaveKashmirSOS #KashmirBleeds
— Mehwish Hayat TI (@MehwishHayat) August 4, 2019
Famous Pakistani singer Qurat ul Ain Baloch aka QB mentioned the suspension of Syed Ali Gillani’s Twitter account after an SOS tweet and regarded it as a major red flag. She retweeted her tweet later with a hashtag #FreeKashmir.
@sageelani Syed Ali geelani’s twitter account has been suspended after an SOS tweet.
This has to be a major red flag.
— Quratulain Balouch (@Quratulainb) August 4, 2019
Mansha Pasha posted a screenshot of trending hashtags in India and lashed out on the use of word “integrated”, saying that depriving someone of their basic rights counts as colonization.
— manshapasha (@manshapasha) August 5, 2019
Armeena Khan sarcastically responded to an Indian’s tweet boasting about BJP hoisting Tricolour across Jammu & Kashmir on Aug 15.
Acha tow uss sey kiya ho ga? lol https://t.co/ERbh5pZKQG
— Armeena Khan (@ArmeenaRK) August 3, 2019
Ali Rehman Khan considered India’s decision as a move to make a bad situation even worse;
#article370 being revoked is dangerous, arrogant and an injustice to #kashmir. Making a bad situation worse is not the solution this region needs, definitely not what the Kashmiri people deserve. #KashmirBleeds
— Ali Rehman Khan (@alirehmankhan) August 5, 2019
Participating in the campaign #RedForKashmir, actor Osman Khalid Butt changed his Twitter display and posted several tweets to speak up against Indian oppression on Kashmiri people.
What kind of democracy silences an entire state, puts restrictions on its people, jeapordizes their safety, spreads panic, chaos and enforces a communication blackout?
I demand that the voices of Kashmiris be heard.
For God's sake. Where is the humanity.
— Osman Khalid Butt (@aClockworkObi) August 5, 2019
Many others participated in the Twitter protest calling out India over injustice.
— Feroze Khan (@ferozekhaan) August 5, 2019
— Kubra Khan Official (@KubraMKhan) August 4, 2019
— Ahmad Ali Butt (@ahmedaliB) August 5, 2019
Why is the world quite?!?! How come this brutality in kashmir is being ignored?!? Have we lost all humanity!!!?! Its time to raise our voices!! Its time to stand with kashmir! Its time to end this brutality and injustice!#KashmirBleeds #KashmirNeedsAttention
— Hareem Farooq (@FarooqHareem) August 4, 2019
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