Eid is being celebrated in various parts of the world and I wish them all a happy Eid in these tenuous times. Here in AJK, we'll be celebrating tomorrow and I'm spending the day locked down inside trying to bring some parity between my outdoor work (field activism) and indoor work (filing, categorising and uploading content).
Meanwhile, we are still working on defining a peaceful, ethical, legal and democratic means to prevent the Pakistani State from encroaching further into our polity, through the Trojan horse of solidarity in our name.
Pakistan's solidarity with Kashmir - irrespective of however genuine it may be - means we lose out on solidarity by the rest of the world. Being partisan in our approach to conflict resolution in this territory - be it by country, religion or ideology - means we are doomed to being a pawn in the strategy of our neighbouring countries and beyond. Switzerland learned and proactively implemented their neutrality in 1515. That saved them from being trapped in the war calculations of their various neighbours. We could also learn to do so in 2020.