What if you knew the victims? Pakistan-based group starts Kashmir campaign with Modi, Kohli pics

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New Delhi | Published: July 25, 2016 10:44:59 PM

Never Forget Pakistan, a Pakistan-based organisation which claims on its website that it works for "advancing a counter narrative to extremism and terrorism in Pakistan

koli-LThe group has posted the pictures on Facebook under the album ?What if you knew the victim??.

While Pakistani leaders including Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif have been adding fuel to the fire with their statements as Kashmir continues to boil with protests after the encounter of Hizbul terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8, a Pakistan-based group has now launched an online campaign to draw the attention of people towards the Kashmir issue. Never Forget Pakistan, a Pakistan-based organisation which claims on its website that it works for “advancing a counter narrative to extremism and terrorism in Pakistan,” has posted pictures of famous Indian personalities including Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi,  Indian Test cricket captain Virat Kohli and Bollywood celebrities including Amitabh Bachhan, Saif Ali Khan, Kajol, Alia Bhatt.

The pictures have been morphed with injury marks as those of pellet victims during the violence in the valley. The group has posted the pictures on Facebook under the album “What if you knew the victim?”. The pictures also carry personalised messages, with appeals for stopping alleged atrocities of Army in the valley. The group says, “This campaign is designed to highlight the atrocities and abuses carried out by the Indian Armed forces and Police who enjoy complete immunity under the Armed Forced Special Powers Act which has made a mockery of India’s claim to be a secular democracy.”

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“This campaign is not about jingoism. It is about trying to create empathy. We live in a sad world where we have to present genuine tragedies in a creative way just to make people pause and think for a moment. As advocates for human rights we believe that Kashmir, independent of any force and influence from India and Pakistan should have the right to determine its own identity and future,” it adds.

Notwithstanding the group’s claim, chilling pictures of campaign has sparked an online outrage, with many questioning the motive of the campaign, and others, from Pakistan, justifying it.

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