Kashmir is occupied by three nuclear powers (Pakistan, India, and China), but it is not part of India, China or Pakistan. Kashmir was forcefully occupied by India and Pakistan for 70 years, and a third was given to China as a gift by Pakistan in 1962.
Atif Nazir, Revolutionary Youth and Workers’ Movement – Pakistan.
The occupation has caused a very delicate and sensitive problem, especially for India and Pakistan. Both states spend more than 60-70 per cent of their defence budget on to this conflict, while the masses of both countries are deprived of their basic rights like education, health, and employment.
Pakistan and India are now facing serious economic and political crises and are unable to solve the issues of their people and therefore try to divert their attention through the so-called war-peace drama. But they cannot maintain peace or war. They are just playing games with their people and threaten them with the other country’s aggression. These games lead to socio-economic conflict between the civil establishment and the military.
The military want a war environment to fulfil their interests while the bourgeoisie wants peace because their interests lie in peace.
The forces of occupation on both sides continuously exchange fire across the Line of Control (LoC) resulting in a heavy loss of life and the continuous destruction of homes. There is no reliable media coverage and the silence of the United Nations representative is criminal.
The people on the LoC are in a miserable and frightened state. There is no proper health care and many injured people have been taken to the Pakistani city of Rawalpindi, but many die on the long journey. Children cannot go to their schools, the people cannot move freely as the Indian fire hit vehicles near the LoC many passengers and children going to school have been killed. The massacre of Kashmiris is being conducted continually by both sides.
While both countries trade and exchange gifts with each other, especially in Waagha Lahore, their only agenda is to divide Kashmir and loot its resources.
A protest was called by the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) in solidarity with the Kashmir people, to stop the firing and against the use of heavy artillery. This protest was called the “Peace March” and was held on 16 March. When the protest started police used tear gas shells and fired on protestors, many protestors were injured and taken to hospital. The Revolutionary Youth and Workers’ Movement and the National Students Federation (NSF) supported this march and stand by with the people of Kashmir.
There is a very delicate and crucial situation for our comrades and the masses of Kashmir near the LoC where there appears to be a conspiracy and agreement among these countries to divide Kashmir turning the LoC into a permanent borderline due to their imperialist motives. We condemn this action and demand the withdrawal of both countries’ occupation forces from Kashmir.
- The end of violence against protestors, to stop the firing across the border and for peace.
- The right to self-determination is a fundamental right of Kashmir, we support it unconditionally.
- Stop the people’s massacre and the violation of human rights.
- Rebuild the affected communities, for health care and hospitals. Rebuild their homes.
- Fulfil their basic rights like education, health, and employment.
We request all comrades of IWL-FI, the revolutionary workers and youth of the world to come forward and support the masses of Kashmir and protest at Pakistani and Indian embassies against this massacre and violation of human rights. We need your solidarity.
March 25, 2018
 An international border crossing between India and Pakistan