THE ban placed on the Friday congregations in Held Kashmir showed the moral bankruptcy of the Indian occupation forces. The ban was placed because there had been a protest call for the Central Eidgah in Srinagar, to which people were supposed to march after attending the Friday prayers. However, the people who wanted to attend the prayers were forced to go out to small towns. In stopping one protest, the occupation authorities managed to provide a reason for another, and the whole Valley erupted in protest because of the ban. Though the occupation forces should have realised by now that there is no support for them, they are persisting in their illegal action. Similarly, the Indian government is not moving to fulfill its solemn commitment to the world community to enable the Kashmiri people to exercise their right of self-determination through a UN-supervised plebiscite. The result could have been predicted, in the shape of unrest increasing to the point where the occupation is no longer tenable. There has been no shortage of evidence, the latest coming in the current wave of protests of the Kashmiris' readiness to give their lives to throw off the Indian yoke. Indeed, the planned protest, for which the ban was imposed, was to have raised a voice against the killings that have taken place recently, during the movement. The Indian occupiers should have realised by now that they are not just unwelcome, but hated, and so their only lasting recourse would be to allow the UN to play its due role. In the present situation, the role of Pakistan would be critical, and thus there must be no weakening of resolve. Pakistan must not attempt to make peace with India at the expense of the Kashmiri people, as the present government wishes to do. Pakistan must not waver in its support of the Kashmir cause, for it alone is equipped to give the diplomatic support it needs to awaken the conscience of a world community overly impressed by India's claim of being the world's biggest democracy.