As Kashmir remains under an uncertain security lockdown after the cabinet decided to strip the state of its status, Malala Yousafzai, Nobel laureate and a UN Messenger of Peace, on Thursday advanced to the world community, saying that the ‘focus must be on calmly solving the Kashmir issue.’
The Pakistani education activist, who came to influence when she was shot in the head in 2012 for her battle against Taliban’s efforts to deny women education, in a tweet said, “I care about Kashmir because South Asia is my home –a home I share with 1.8 billion people, including Kashmiris… And I believe we all can live in peace.”
She more declared concern about the security of Kashmiri women and children, who she said, are most exposed to violence and’ most likely to suffer losses in conflict’.
The youngest Nobel Laureate’s tweets came days after Article 370 that gives unique status to Jammu and Kashmir was abandoned, and the state was downsized into 2-Union Territories.
More than 7 million people in the Kashmir Valley have been under lockdown after the government shut off most contact with it, including internet, cellphone and landline networks.
Thousands of extra troops were extended to the country out of fear the government’s steps could spark controversy.
Former chief ministers Omar Abdullah of the National Conference and Mehbooba Mufti of the Peoples Democratic Party have been arrested at Hari Niwas on Srinagar’s Gupkar road as a prudent measure.
Prime Minister Modi is likely to discuss the nation on Thursday during which he is expected to explain government’s decisions on revoking special status to Jammu and Kashmir and dividing the state into 2-union territories, sources have said.