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‘Kashmir continues to suffer’, Zaira Wasim pens down an open letter over struggles of Kashmiris

Zaira Wasim, the starlet hailing from Kashmir who bid farewell to Bollywood last year, took to social media writing an open letter as Indian atrocities continue in the occupied valley.

Her message for the world on Instagram came a day ahead as Pakistan observes Kashmir Solidarity Day on 5 of February.

This Kashmir Solidarity Day marks the 180th day since the lockdown in Kashmir.

“Kashmir continues to suffer and see-saw between hope and frustration. There’s a false and uneasy semblance of calmness in place of escalating despair and sorrow. Kashmiris continue to exist and suffer in a world where it is so easy to place restrictions on our liberty”, writes Zaira along with a photo of a flower.

She moves on with putting a few questions in front of the world, saying, “Why do we have to live in a world where our lives and wills are controlled, dictated and bent? Why is it so easy to have our voices silenced? Why is it so easy to curtail our freedom of expression? Why aren’t we ever allowed to voice our opinions, let alone our disprovals, to decisions that are made contrary to our wishes?

Why is it that instead of trying to see the cause of our view, our view is just condemned ruthfully? What is so easy to curb our voices so severely? Why can we not live simple lives without always having to wrestle and remind the world of our existence? Why is that life of a Kashmiri is just about experiencing a lifetime of crisis, blockade, and disturbance so abundantly that it has taken away the recognition of normalcy and harmony from the hearts and minds?”.


“Hundreds of questions like these-unanswered; leaving us bewildered and frustrated, but our frustrations find no outlet. The authority doesn’t make the slightest effort to put a stop to our doubts and speculations but stubbornly tend to go their own way to confine our existence mired in a confused, conflicted and a paralysed world”, she further added.

Zaira concluded her post as she questions the world for being silent over the situation in Kashmir, she wrote, “But I ask the world, what has altered your acceptance of the misery and oppression we’re being subjected to? Do not believe the unfair representation of the facts and details or the rosy hue that the media has cast on the reality of the situation. Ask questions, re-examine the biased assumptions. Ask questions. For our voices have been silenced- and for how long….none of us really know!”.

Zaira Wasim who debuted in Aamir Khan’s blockbuster film ‘Dangal’, announced her disassociation from film career, stating that she was not happy with the line of work as it interfered with her faith and religion.

Saman Siddiqui

Saman Siddiqui, A freelance journalist with a Master’s Degree in Mass Communication and MS in Peace and Conflict Studies. Associated with the media industry since 2006. Experience in various capacities including Program Host, Researcher, News Producer, Documentary Making, Voice Over, Content Writing Copy Editing, and Blogging, and currently associated with OyeYeah since 2018, working as an Editor.

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