Nobel Peace Prize winner and education activist Malala Yousafzai took to Twitter earlier today to appeal for a peaceful resolution amidst escalating tensions in occupied Kashmir.
Malala, who has always been outspoken about local and global socio-political developments, wrote how she has heard about the grievances of the Kashmiri people throughout her life in Pakistan.
"The people of Kashmir have lived in conflict since I was a child, since my mother and father were children, since my grandparents were young."
Her post focuses on the plight of Kashmiri children as Malala has always gravitated towards activism for issues that affect children. "For seven decades, the children of Kashmir have grown up amidst violence," she said.
Yousafzai said she cares about Kashmir since "South Asia is my home, a home I share with 1.8 billion people including Kashmiris".
"Today, I am worried about the safety of the Kashmiri children and women, the most vulnerable to violence and the most likely to suffer losses in conflict," Yousafzai said identifying that certain groups are much more vulnerable than others in times of conflict.
"Whatever disagreement we may have... Must focus on peacefully resolving the seven-decade conflict in Kashmir."
Malala's statement comes after India's government revoked Kashmir's special status with a presidential order on Monday as thousands of newly-deployed troops arrived and some internet and phone services were cut in the region where most people oppose Indian rule.
Article 370 of India's Constitution, which was revoked on August 5, gave Kashmir its own constitution and decision-making rights for all matters except for defence, communications and foreign affairs.
The article also forbade outsiders from permanently settling, buying land, holding local government jobs and securing educational scholarships.