Kashmiri lives also matter, says Mehwish Hayat

They say a picture is worth a thousand words. Sometimes, it screams only one: barbarity.

The shocking image of a toddler sitting on the bullet-riddled, bloodied body of his grandfather stirred up outrage in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K). And the numbing pain was felt by all those who believe in humanity everywhere in the world.

Even India’s jingoistic media couldn’t ignore the heartbreaking photo after it went viral on social media. The image tells of the grim situation in IOJ&K where millions of Kashmiris have been living in India’s chokehold since last August.

“If this doesn’t move you, I don’t know what will,” the Load Wedding actor tweeted. “How can the world stand by quietly and allow Indian forces to act with such impunity and get away with this aggression against innocent people of Kashmir? How much longer are we going to turn a blind eye? This has to stop. Kashmiri lives also matter!”


Earlier, the Punjab Nahi Jaungi star called out the latest wave of xenophobia in India against Muslims, stemming from the coronavirus pandemic. The actor had shared an article about coronavirus conspiracy theories arising in India that target Muslims. Alongside the article, she talked about how the world is uniting in its fight against the pandemic, while in India it is being used to fuel bigotry.

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