Artwork by Cieryl Sardool

Kashmir Day, or Kashmir Solidarity Day, is a national holiday in Pakistan falling on the 5th of February each year. The holiday is meant to observe and mourn the many Kashmiris that have died over nearly a century of conflict between India and Pakistan, who both claim rights to the territory.

It’s time to move past the conversation of who Kashmir belongs to, and instead focus on acknowledging the lives that have been lost in this fruitless conflict. If nearly a century of conflict has not resulted in any meaningful claim to the region, perhaps it is time to allow Kashmiris to carve out their own sovereignty, unhindered by the political motivations of larger players.

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