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Jibran Nasir Initiates #ImagineKashmir Campaign to Portray Alternative Reality

The pictorial campaign looks into lives of Kashmiris, had there been no Indian oppression

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Pakistanis celebrated Kashmir Day in full spirit on February 5, and while a lot of talks happened on the facts and figures, activist Jibran Nasir took a different approach to address the grim reality.

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Mubina, then 25, of nearby Mohripura village, was set to get married. Her hands hennaed, hair scented and wearing an orange-pink dress, she was ready to begin her new life with Abdul Rashid Malik, a farmer by profession. But, as has happened with infinite others in Indian-controlled Kashmir, Mubina’s dream was snuffed out by personnel of the Border Security Force (BSF). Story published by @dawn.today on June 3, 2018 #ImagineKashmir is a campaign aiming to present an alternative reality of Kashmiri lives, free from Indian occupation and pins it against the images inspired by real-life incidents of Indian oppression in Kashmir. Like every other nation, Kashmiris also dream of a normal life where they have democratic and fundamental freedoms to govern themselves and live without constant fear and terror of a foreign occupying force. The concept of a home where they are not ridiculed and dehumanized daily has always eluded them. Case4Kashmir is a collective of artists, academics, and activists dedicated to amplifying the voices of Kashmir. If you would like to work with us in any of these capacities contact us on: [email protected] Talent: Sharmeen Khan Research: Aimun Faisal, Abdul Moiz Malik Photography: Haseeb Siddiqui Post production: Yasir Ali & Ali Mehdi Line Production: Suhaib Nadeem, Aqeel Abidi Producer: Aatir Sohail Executive producer/ Creative: Mohammad Jibran Nasir Special Thanks: Haseeb Siddiqui, Murtaza Chaudhary, Murtaza Chaudhary and Faisal Chaudhary

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In his latest campaign Case4Kashmir where he initiated #ImagineKashmir pictorial series, Jibran and his team brought forward stories of Kashmiris whose lives have been impacted by the Indian brutality, and an alternative reality had there been no oppression in the region.

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"What if they circulate the video and the video goes viral?" This fear often drives Abid Khan to suicidal thoughts, and for a month now, he has been resisting his family’s insistence on a comprehensive medical and psychiatric check-up. be-satree broadly defines various forms of sexual violence. Published by @trtworld on September 17, 2019 #ImagineKashmir is a campaign aiming to present an alternative reality of Kashmiri lives, free from Indian occupation and pins it against the images inspired by real-life incidents of Indian oppression in Kashmir. Like every other nation, Kashmiris also dream of a normal life where they have democratic and fundamental freedoms to govern themselves and live without constant fear and terror of a foreign occupying force. The concept of a home where they are not ridiculed and dehumanized daily has always eluded them. Case4Kashmir is a collective of artists, academics, and activists dedicated to amplifying the voices of Kashmir. If you would like to work with us in any of these capacities contact us on: [email protected] Talent: Mustafa Chaudhary Research: Aimun Faisal, Abdul Moiz Malik Photography: Haseeb Siddiqui Post production: Yasir Ali & Ali Mehdi Line Production: Suhaib Nadeem, Aqeel Abidi Producer: Aatir Sohail Executive producer/ Creative: Mohammad Jibran Nasir Special Thanks: Haseeb Siddiqui, Murtaza Chaudhary, Murtaza Chaudhary and Faisal Chaudhary

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“These are real-life stories, embedded with links of the articles I found them from. I would have preferred not doing this campaign and simply sharing the work of Kashmiri artists, but sadly their voices have been silenced. No one can hear them and hear from them,” said Jibran while talking to Express Tribune.

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The question is, why would anybody want to kill a poor carpenter? I mean how harmful can he be? The answer is so obvious that I was at first surprised and then angry at my own naivety. The answer is the system. The system in the Kashmir valley has become such that "kills" by so-called security forces are associated with medals, monetary benefits, promotions and a host of other perks. Published by @bbcnews on March 8, 2007 #ImagineKashmir is a campaign aiming to present an alternative reality of Kashmiri lives, free from Indian occupation and pins it against the images inspired by real-life incidents of Indian oppression in Kashmir. Like every other nation, Kashmiris also dream of a normal life where they have democratic and fundamental freedoms to govern themselves and live without constant fear and terror of a foreign occupying force. The concept of a home where they are not ridiculed and dehumanized daily has always eluded them. Case4Kashmir is a collective of artists, academics, and activists dedicated to amplifying the voices of Kashmir. If you would like to work with us in any of these capacities contact us on: [email protected] Talent: Asad Ali Zaidi Research: Aimun Faisal, Abdul Moiz Malik Photography: Haseeb Siddiqui Post production: Yasir Ali & Ali Mehdi Line Production: Suhaib Nadeem, Aqeel Abidi Producer: Aatir Sohail Talent manager: Ali Aswad Executive producer/ Creative: Mohammad Jibran Nasir Special Thanks: Haseeb Siddiqui, Murtaza Chaudhary, Murtaza Chaudhary and Faisal Chaudhary

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The activist added that in addition to physical lockdown Kashmiris are also in a virtual prison so he has attempted to ‘amplify their voice by using virtual means’ and sensitize the global community to Kashmiris plight.

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"He (Afaan) is very depressed and frightened. His whole-body aches and there are visible scars on his back,” Ganai, told. “My son was put in a small cell under harsh. The incident has deeply affected his psyche.” Published by @anadoluajansi on October 15, 2019 #ImagineKashmir is a campaign aiming to present an alternative reality of Kashmiri lives, free from Indian occupation and pins it against the images inspired by real-life incidents of Indian oppression in Kashmir. Like every other nation, Kashmiris also dream of a normal life where they have democratic and fundamental freedoms to govern themselves and live without constant fear and terror of a foreign occupying force. The concept of a home where they are not ridiculed and dehumanized daily has always eluded them. Case4Kashmir is a collective of artists, academics, and activists dedicated to amplifying the voices of Kashmir. If you would like to work with us in any of these capacities contact us on: [email protected] Talent: Ahmed Research: Aimun Faisal, Abdul Moiz Malik Photography: Haseeb Siddiqui Post production: Yasir Ali & Ali Mehdi Line Production: Suhaib Nadeem, Aqeel Abidi Producer: Aatir Sohail Executive producer/ Creative: Mohammad Jibran Nasir Special Thanks: Haseeb Siddiqui, Murtaza Chaudhary, Murtaza Chaudhary and Faisal Chaudhary

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“Whenever we see a Kashmiri suffering in a picture, it goes unnoticed because of how desensitised the world has become. There is no shock value left. It’s as if people have accepted that this is how it’s supposed to be,” he stated.

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…the Armed Forces Special Powers Act invoked across several of India’s militancy-ridden regions, grants immunity from prosecution to all military and paramilitary personnel for acts performed in the course of enforcing peace. Other than arbitrarily apprehending anyone merely on suspicion, the security fiat even includes shooting dead unarmed protestors on specious grounds, such as for defying curfew. Published by @telegraph on May 11, 2017 #ImagineKashmir is a campaign aiming to present an alternative reality of Kashmiri lives, free from Indian occupation and pins it against the images inspired by real-life incidents of Indian oppression in Kashmir. Like every other nation, Kashmiris also dream of a normal life where they have democratic and fundamental freedoms to govern themselves and live without constant fear and terror of a foreign occupying force. The concept of a home where they are not ridiculed and dehumanized daily has always eluded them. Case4Kashmir is a collective of artists, academics, and activists dedicated to amplifying the voices of Kashmir. If you would like to work with us in any of these capacities contact us on: [email protected] Talent: Khushi Research: Aimun Faisal, Abdul Moiz Malik Photography: Haseeb Siddiqui Post production: Yasir Ali & Ali Mehdi Line Production: Suhaib Nadeem, Aqeel Abidi Producer: Aatir Sohail Executive producer/ Creative: Mohammad Jibran Nasir Special Thanks: Haseeb Siddiqui, Murtaza Chaudhary, Murtaza Chaudhary and Faisal Chaudhary

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The pictures show imagery of Kashmiris in their current state, i.e. after suffering at the hands of Indian forces and then divide the frame with a better, possible reality if they are granted the freedom of living a normal life.

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"I saw a policeman with a gun aiming at me, and he shot directly at me,” he said. “That was the last thing I saw.” The schoolboy fell to the ground, bleeding from his left eye; the left side of his abdomen and his neck and chest were pierced with countless lead pellets. Published by @natgeo in June 2018 #ImagineKashmir is a campaign aiming to present an alternative reality of Kashmiri lives, free from Indian occupation and pins it against the images inspired by real-life incidents of Indian oppression in Kashmir. Like every other nation, Kashmiris also dream of a normal life where they have democratic and fundamental freedoms to govern themselves and live without constant fear and terror of a foreign occupying force. The concept of a home where they are not ridiculed and dehumanized daily has always eluded them. Case4Kashmir is a collective of artists, academics, and activists dedicated to amplifying the voices of Kashmir. If you would like to work with us in any of these capacities contact us on: [email protected] Talent: Babar Sultan Research: Aimun Faisal, Abdul Moiz Malik Photography: Haseeb Siddiqui Post production: Yasir Ali & Ali Mehdi Line Production: Suhaib Nadeem, Aqeel Abidi Producer: Aatir Sohail Talent manager: Ali Aswad Executive producer/ Creative: Mohammad Jibran Nasir Special Thanks: Haseeb Siddiqui, Murtaza Chaudhary, Murtaza Chaudhary and Faisal Chaudhary

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“I am hoping that when people see this, they are able to relate their own dreams with the Kashmiris and estimate the loss. This should be seen as a Pakistani effort that is inclusive of all religions and culture,” concluded Jibran.

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