"The Shina-speaking people in India are vanishing gradually and they are looking at their cultural Mecca, Gilgit-Baltistan," says an intellectual from Diamer. "But it's painful that Pakistan is still hesitating to accept us as its citizens constitutionally."
In a post on The Terrorland’s Facebook page on October 30, 2010, an Admin had requested: “Anyone who can translate this Shina language song (link) of peace and harmony into English, full or just main theme?!”
Here is a glimpse of Jan Ali's resistance poetry:
Why crows and dogs are speaking from the pulpit.
Neither I need your mosque, nor seek your hamam,
O querulous cleric, I reject you as my Imam.
Thereby, I reject your bribe of houris of paradise,
I am also fed up of an Islam that foments discord.
And your fasting becomes valid
By eating butter of bribe.
For a cloak, you sell your hereafter
By illegally transferring a piece of land.
You clerics have sown the seed of strife,
Now gobble up the funds, you paupers.
O people of Gilgit you never have the power
To determine the path of your destiny.
Alas! My beloved Gilgit
You have been given to alien hands.
Lo! What they have done to my beloved Gilgit,
Outsider elements get the peoples’ throat slit,
People say this year, the officials 64th Independence Day was publicly observed as a "black day" without any announcement from any party. "Frustration among the youth is mounting high as they want to be a part of the mainstream Pakistan," says a student from Skardu, "the government is ready for a big political decision... but the military establishment seems a hurdle in its way."
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