“My message to you all is of hope, courage and confidence.”

–Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah – 1947.

In the 7th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC) Interior Ministers’ conference, Chaudhry Nisar Ali left every Pakistani speechless by making a courageous attack on Indian atrocities in Kashmir. Our politicians are particularly adept at giving us ‘surprises’. However, in this particular circumstance, it was a much needed and quite unexpected political move at Nisar’s part. India has been hiding under the guise of fighting terrorism for too long. Under this heinous garb, it has very meticulously put to silence those individuals of Kashmir who sought political freedom. 22-year-old Burhan Wani was a spirited Kashmiri freedom fighter who was courageous at heart and sincere to his aim which is why he was very conveniently labelled as a terrorist and put to death. Isn’t that the face of terrorism? Nisar confronted the Indian Interior minister with an unassailable truth. He made it clear that that the ‘brutal force being used against unarmed civilians’ is nothing but blatant terrorism. He also stated that Kashmiri freedom movement cannot be suppressed under the premise that it is an act of terror. Undeniably, Indian forces have been outrageously violating human rights in Kashmir. When exposed and put under a questioning position, Indian Home Minister, Rajnath Singh left the SAARC meeting halfway through. Later, he did not attend the luncheon hosted by Nisar. As a veteran politician of Pakistan, Nisar bore the responsibility of not only maintaining Pakistan’s tradition of voicing out resentment towards injustices in Kashmir but also courageously stating the truth without the fear of the consequences. He did just that and for this he deserves our heartiest admiration.