Kashmiri youths celebrated Pakistan’s Champions Trophy 2017 win with firecrackers and drums

People in Anantnag, Shopian, Pulwama, Kulgam, Kupwara, Ganderbal and Bandipora districts have reportedly seen celebrating Pakistan’s win bursting firecrackers and beating drums.

Pakistan’s grip over Kashmir’s people is visible. Youths in several districts of Kashmir have celebrated the victory of Pakistani cricket team against India in the finals of Champions Trophy 2017, by bursting firecrackers and beating drums.

It’s been reported that the authorities did not interfere with the celebrating Kashmiris, except in some places where miscreants tried to come near to the security force camps to throw firecrackers.

According to the Business Standard’s report:

“After all, it is just a game and the better team would win. We don’t want to read too much into this because support for the Pakistan team has been known even much before separatist violence started here,” said a senior police officer who tried to play down the development. reported:

Even women took to streets at many places in the Valley singing to express joy at Pakistan’s victory against the defending champions.

Greater Kashmir reported:

Markets, roads and transport in Srinagar had shut much before the match started between the two arch rivals.

Pakistan has defeated India by a huge margin of 180 runs in the final match of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017.

Despite having under control of India, Kashmir’s people celebrating the victory of Pakistan raises some serious questions about the people’s love towards Pakistan, instead of the homeland. From the incidents of alleged assault on Kashmiri youth by security forces, it seems like the government of India and the state government in Kashmir has failed to bring them closer to India.

In retaliation to this news, you will see some serious hate campaigns against the Kashmiri youths by the right-wing “Nationalists” for the celebrations, instead of finding the root cause of this problem. In my personal opinion, I believe, dialogues can resolve the issue, not force. What’s your view on this?

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