SRINAGAR: Kashmiris have been won over by Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s speech at the UN General Assembly in New York. What they have particularly liked, and for which they feel very grateful, is Nawaz Sharif’s praise of Burhan Wani as a “leader” of Kashmiris. Many Kashmiris have hailed the speech as “historic”.
“It’s not without reason that we hurl the Pakistan flag in our rallies. It is the only country that supports us. If it were not for Pakistan we would have long been extinct. Once again Nawaz Sharif proved that Kashmir really is a jugular vein of Pakistan.” These were the reactions of a group of youth who were protesting at Srinagar’s outskirts. After raising pro-freedom and pro-Pakistan slogans, they raised slogans in praise of Nawaz Sharif.
While the young were fulsome in their praise, the elderly used the more experienced word “historic”.
“Never before has the role of rebels been praised in the UN assembly, let alone terming them as martyrs and tributes being paid to them. Nawaz Sharif did it. He praised Burhan and called him a leader of Kashmiris. Which is why I term the speech as historic,” said an octogenarian, Mohammad Shafi, a resident of Srinagar and a keen follower of politics. He added, “I have been following Indo-Pak politics since my youth and have seen many heads of the two states speaking in the UN assembly. In my opinion, after the Late Zulfikar Bhutto’s speech in 1971, this one by Nawaz Sharif stands at number two.”
Kashmiris expressed their gratitude by painting streets and lanes with the colour green. Pakistan flags were raised in several places and pro-Pakistan slogans painted on walls at prominent places.
“We rewrote what had been removed by government forces. The love for Pakistan has always been there, but today, after Nawaz Sharif’s speech, it has grown manifold. As a token of our love we are painting our walls with the colour of Pakistan,” said a youth who works as a craftsman.
Many Kashmiris on social media sites like Twitter and Facebook shared the speech of Nawaz Sharif as soon as it was over. While many thanked Nawaz by writing posts of gratitude, some even changed their profile pictures to Nawaz Sharif’s photo or that of the Pakistan flag. A section of Kashmiri social media users also indulged in discussions and debates with Indian counterparts on the merits of the speech.
“Thank you Nawaz Sharif for highlighting the tyranny and Brutality of India at international level, we are highly Indebted to you,” wrote Azra Razvi on her Facebook wall. “I adore you Nawaz Sharif,” wrote Nauman on his Facebook wall. Similar posts by Kashmiris were trending on Twitter and Facebook.