"Which stupid person would want to go with Pakistan?"
The Indian Muslims, even the most conservatives of them, have spoken publicly about the fate of Jammu and Kashmir. It's about time that Pakistanis should listen to the Muslims of India.
Kamal Farooqui of the Muslim Personal Law Board in India, was more direct about his views as he eliminated one possible option about the future of Kashmir,"Which stupid person would want to go with Pakistan?"
Farooqui is not alone. The Muslims I spoke with after the Friday prayers at the main mosque in New Delhi on my trip to India in 2004, and later in Agra, were of the same view. They couldn't understand why the Muslims in Pakistan were so concerned about the Muslims living in Jammu. "We have no problems with the Hindus of India", said one Muslim man who was resting in the shade with his family inside the main Delhi mosque. "We have to live and die here in India, not in Pakistan", he told me in 2004. Now Kamal Farooqui is saying the same rather more explicitly.
Is someone listening in Pakistan?