THE Held Valley of Kashmir continues to be a painful thorn in Indian flesh, but for a reason. India wants it to accept the existing reality, which is its occupation. Indeed, it does not merely ask for acceptance, but for Kashmiris to embrace this occupation, and to accept being part of the Indian Union. It practically does not allow the Kashmiri people their inalienable right of self-determination, even though it had itself accepted that this right would be exercised through the mechanism of a UN-supervised plebiscite, in the UN Security Council resolutions on the subject. In pursuit of its illegal occupation, India has used all coercive means at its disposal, but this has never provoked the conscience of the world community, which has overlooked the human rights abuses India is committing in Kashmir. Indeed, the USA has decided to prop it up as its bulwark in the region against China, and has thrown aside its NPT commitments and its vaunted nonproliferation goals by giving India a nuclear deal. The latest example of Indian brutality has been the coercive methods unleashed against the current movement by the Kashmiris against Indian occupation. The protest started with the killing of one student, but it has snowballed into a movement against Indian Occupation. The occupation forces have killed no less than 60 Kashmiris since June 11, and are trying to eliminate yet another generation. It is noticeable that the Indian occupation's brutality leads succeeding generations of Kashmiris to reject it and seek self-determination, and their readiness to die for it means that the Indian Occupation, despite its American backing, will not succeed in breaking this indomitable spirit. In this situation, Pakistan's decision to give the Kashmiri people diplomatic and moral support must not be allowed to fade away, and is more important at this juncture. Any desire to placate India should not be allowed to get in the way of Pakistan's desire to make sure that the plight of Kashmiris gets properly highlighted.