Social media networks have become battlegrounds over the past two days, filled with toxic commentary in connection with the Pulwama terror attack.
Since Thursday’s gruesome attack in Pulwama, which claimed the life of 40 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, microblogging site Twitter has been witnessing a fiery exchange of words between individuals from India and Pakistan.
Much of the hate has been emerging from Pakistani Twitter handles, which not only mocked the tragic incident but also saluted the suicide bomber Adil Ahmed Dar and hailed him as a hero. These comments were met with equal fierceness from a large number of Indian Twitter users, who strongly condemned the deadliest terror attack in the Valley since 1989.
However, not all Pakistanis emanated the mood projected by a majority of the neighbouring nation’s sentiments. Some prominent personalities from Pakistan not only condemned the attack but also called for a speedy resolution to relieve Kashmir from its three-decade insurgency.
Former Pakistan politician and author Farahnaz Ispahani was one such voice which condemned the heinous terror attack on CRPF personnel in J&K’s Pulwama.
She said: “I am deeply saddened by the #PulwamaTerroristAttack. I also care about the Kashmiri people. Hafiz Saeed, Masood Azhar roam free, address rallies and fundraise in Pakistan. Must we be the country where Osama Bin Laden is found? Build Pakistan. Educate our children. Have a future,” she said.
Another politician from the neighbouring nation, Afrasiab Khattak, condemned Pakistan-based terror groups Jaish-e-Mohammed and Jaish ul-Adl and appealed the country to dissociate itself from names like Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) and JeM.
“2 terror attacks in Pakistan’s 2 neighbors (Iran and India) this week. Two Pak-based militant outfits (Jaish-ul-Adl and JeM) accepted responsibility for the attacks. Isn’t the tail still wagging the dog? Who will believe Pak claims with LeT, JeM & “good Taliban” operating unhindered?” he questioned in a tweet.
Former Pakistan diplomat Husain Haqqani slammed the ill-intentioned comments made by several people from the nation. He not only condemned the Pulwama terror attack but also slammed those Pakistanis who were offering arguments justifying terrorism.
“Pakistan has officially condemned Pulwama Attack but by offering arguments justifying terrorism, many Pakistanis in mainstream and social media are eroding even the limited and nominal credibility of that statement,” he said.
He was hinting at scathing comments such as “How is the Jaish?”-a parody of the dialogue “How is the josh?” from the recent Vicky Kaushal-starrer war drama Uri-which was being used as a hashtag by many Pakistani Twitter handles to cheer the heinous attack on Indian soldiers.
This tweet by Lahore-based journalist Ammara Ahmad is also another reminder that humanity prevails over hatred. Ahmad, like many other Pakistanis, wants peace between the two neighbouring countries. She also expressed concern for the people living in Kashmir.
“I am deeply saddened by the #PulwanaAttack and wish the families of the deceased all the best in this time of grief. I really wish all this hadn’t happened because it has pushed back the peace process in the region by many years. And it hasn’t helped Kashmir in any way either,” she said.
Another journalist belonging to the neighbouring nation, Taha Siddique also condemned the deadly attack on CRPF personnel in Pulwama and slammed trolls for demeaning the tragedy.
“So a day after one of the deadliest attacks of recent history in Kashmir claimed by #JaisheMohammed (a terror group based in Pak) #GHQtrolls are trending #FalseFlag in Pakistan calling the suicide bombing that killed 40 soldiers an inside job. Shameful,” he said.Prominent Pakistani columnist Mosharraf Zaidi said every time there is hope for changes in the South Asian status quo, an attack on Indian troops disrupts the hope. “Outrage in India and incoherent leadership in Pakistan in the aftermath are a dangerous combination,” he said.Last but not the least, Pakistani blogger Ahmad Waqass Goraya said Pakistanis will be “highly indebted” if serious action is taken against terror outfits like LeT and Jaish-e-Mohammed.”Dear India, we Pakistanis will be highly indebted if you take a serious action and finish LeT and Jaish e Muhammad. These terrorists recruit our children and the Generals protect these terrorists,” he said.