Karzai in London
Major General Anwar Khan, known as President of Azad Kashmir (Ed's
note: read, Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir), is in London. A few days
before him Hamad Karzai of Afghanistan was also in London, who was
paraded in front of 'Labour delegates' in Bournemouth on the
occasion of Labour Party's Annual Conference.
In the Labour Annual Conference Hamad Karzai said things which
pleased his hosts and the audience; and during his visit to Britain,
Kashmiri Karzai, Sardar Anwar Khan will also say things which will
please his audience here and in Islamabad where recorded tapes will
My comments will surely annoy Azad Kashmiri and Pakistani officials,
and will also upset those who have habit of flattering government
officials of Pakistan and Azad Kashmir (Ed's note: read,
Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir). People call Hamad Karzai a puppet of
America because he looks after the American interest in Afghanistan.
Mufti Sayeed is called puppet of India because he looks after the
Indian interest in Jammu and Kashmir even though he was elected to
Major General Anwar Khan looks after interest of Pakistan in an area
known as Azad Kashmir, and we call him a President of Azad Kashmir (Ed's
note: read, Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir). Both presidents, Hamad
Karzai and Major General Anwar Khan, have many things in common.
Some of the similarities are as follows:
1. Both were hardly known before their appointment;
2. Both were selected for the job because of their loyalty to their
3. Both are serving their political masters sincerely;
4. Both are members of major tribes in their respective countries;
5. Both are strongly opposed by 'nationalist groups' in their
One could find more similarities, but this is sufficient to prove
that both are puppets, one is puppet of America and the other is
puppet of Pakistan. One needs the American troops and security and
the other needs Pakistani troops and security.
In showing servitude to their political masters the Kashmiri Karzai
beats the Afghani Karzai, as the latter is trying to establish an
Afghan army, whereas the former has forgotten that there was at one
time an Azad Kashmir (Ed's note: read,
Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir) Army, and he would not dare talk about it
never mind its restoration.
Also Afghani Karzai still believes in the integrity of Afghanistan,
and wants to be president of all of the country; whereas the
Kashmiri Karzai is happy with what he has got- honorary post of
president of Azad Kashmir, area of around 4,000 square miles, and
would not dare to utter a word about other part of Kashmir under
direct control of Pakistan and which is known as Gilgit and
Baltistan, area more than 28,000 square miles.
He is very keen to talk about the area which is under the Indian
control, and he has right and duty to talk about that area and about
the welfare of the people living there; but he has same right and
duty about the area on this side of the divide.
If he considers himself different to Karzai of Afghanistan then he
has to prove that by speaking about rights of all Kashmiris
irrespective of their ethnic and religious background. When rights
of the Kashmiri people are encroached on the Indian side he should
speak out, but he should also speak out when rights of the Kashmiri
people are encroached in Gilgit and Baltistan and in Azad Kashmir (Ed's
note: read, Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir).
He should ... also condemn Pakistani WAPDA's effort to displace more
than hundred thousand people of Azad Kashmir from Mirpur by
upraising the Mangla Dam. Also he should condemn uprooting of tens
of thousands Kashmiri people from Diamir in Gilgit and Baltistan by
the proposed construction of Bhasha Dam. He should tell Pakistani
government to build Kala Bagh Dam to meet their electric and water
needs and don't uproot the already oppressed and deprived people of
.... he should speak to his 'friendly and brotherly government' in
Islamabad, and tell them that people of Gilgit and Baltistan need
their basic human rights; and ask them to abrogate all
discriminatory and oppressive laws in Azad Kashmir and in Gilgit and
If he has guts to speak in support of his fellow citizens then we
will salute him, and regard him as a President of Kashmiris, not
only president of Azad Kashmir (Ed's note: read,
Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir). For taking this bold step he will see
Islamabad government in its true colours, and he might lose his job,
but history will remember him as a Kashmiri President who spoke in
support of all the Kashmiris, and who believed in the integrity of
the State of Jammu and Kashmir.
And if he fails to do this then he will only be remembered as
another president of Azad Kashmir (Ed's note: read,
Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir), and perhaps more appropriately, Hamad
Karzai of Azad Kashmir.