A video doing the rounds of social media and reported about in the media shows a group of burka-clad women waving the Pakistani national flag and singing the Pakistani national anthem.
The video, which appears to have been shared by a Pakistani on Facebook, also shows some little children with the women.
Reports in the media in Kashmir say that the event was organized by Dukhtaran-e-Millat (DeM) and it was attended by the group’s founder Asiya Andrabi.
“We have gathered here, despite challenging times, to express our unity with our holy land (Pakistan) and convey to the world that Kashmir Muslims want to live and die with the Muslims of Pakistan,” she is quoted as saying by Greater Kashmir.
Kashmir Reader quotes her saying: “The ideology behind creation of Pakistan is the creation of a country where Allah’s rule is supreme. After joining that country, all of us (including our brothers and sisters from Pakistan) will work towards achieving the goal.”
In fact, terrorists in Kashmir have been increasingly stating that Kashmir’s struggle is not about ‘azaadi’ but about the Islamic identity. Hizbul founder Syed Salahuddin said that in 2016. Zakir Rashid Bhat, who succeeded slain terrorist Burhan Wani, said the same earlier this month.
The event was held at an undisclosed location.
Asiya Andrabi is a not just another separatist. She advocates jihad. Her husband is one of the founders of terrorist organization Hizbul Mujahideen. Andrabi has been arrested in the past for her anti-India actions.
Like other separatists who speak in an anti-India language, Andrabi’s children, too, live far away from the tensions in the Valley. One of her sons studied in Malaysia on an Indian passport for which she was criticized by Omar Abdullah.