Would the JKLF's and Hurriyats' of Kashmir now stand up and dis-associate themselves from Pakistan :-)
Excerpts from an Interview of General Musharraf:
Dr Prannoy Roy: Are you then saying, No independence for Kashmir'?
Musharraf: Yes, we are against independence....
Dr Prannoy Roy: You are against independence?
Musharraf: Absolutely... And so is India...
I am waiting to see what they say now - given that their Godfather has totally withdrawn his blessings for Independence.
Musharraf is a cunning maverick... but I don't give a damn about him.
Whats amuses me is what do Yasin Malik's and Mirwaiz's have in their plans now... Geelani was always clear that he wanted to be a part of Pakistan - and thats what is still on cards... But who is it that is giving hot air to the Independence slogans now... What happened to those "Hum kya chahte' - Azaadi" slogan rented with "Pakistan Zindabad"... would it be "Pakistan Murdabad" now.
Knowing that people in the valley didn't waste time in breaking barricades to urinate on Sheikh Abdullah's grave (the same Sheikh who was hailed as Sher-i-Kashmir not long ago) or who first cursed General Zia as Zia' 'kone' (one-eye Zia) - when Bhutto was executed by him to beating breasts when Zia died... slogans can change easily.
But then there is the other dilemma for them...if they don't fall at the feet of ISI aaka's, there is no other support. Where will the funding, arms and RDX, training, infiltration and men come from... Aah!!! The irony of fate that they are bound to their master - without a choice of snapping back even if the master whips in the behind for no reason.
Way back in 1989, mass hysteria was whipped up in the valley - masses were made to believe that the promised Independence was just a stroke away.... All that needed was one huge push and India would relent, and anyway Pakistan would attack and freedom was just a dawn away... (I still remember those broadcasts from Muzaffarabad radio claiming "Insallah agli jummah ki namaz to hum Srinagar ke Eid-gah mein padeing (God willing, next week's Friday prayers will be done in Srinagar)".
That Friday never came...