The most sensible and trending hashtag on Twitter today is #SayNoToWar. The hashtag calls for an anti-war campaign spread by users of the micro-blogging platform from both Pakistan and India, as the tension between the two countries rises after an aerial engagement on Wednesday morning.
The conflict started when Jaish-e-Mohammed, a Pakistan-based terrorist organization in Kashmir, which aims to separate Kashmir from India and merge it into Pakistan, attacked the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) convoy in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama that took almost 40 jawan lives.
This action infuriated India and sent 12 Indian Air Force’s Mirage 2000 fighter jets on Tuesday and struck Pakistan’s Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province which eliminated training camps of JeM group.
An eye for an eye, the Pakistan Air Force violated India’s Airspace on Wednesday, in retaliation with the attack on its training camps. It targeted the military installations of India which was successfully detected by the Indian Air force and responded immediately. The aerial engagement resulted in one Pakistan Air Force fighter jet being shot down by an IAF MIG 21 Bison. On the other hand, India lost a MIG 21 Bison, and the pilot is nowhere to be found.
Allegations also roared up when the missing pilot is believed to be in Pakistan’s custody, while officials from India are still looking for evidence to support its claim.
According to the spokesperson from the Ministry of External Affairs Raveesh Kumar during the press conference on Wednesday morning, they are weighing every decision whether or not to make amends with its neighboring country.
While Pakistan’s Prime Minister, Imran Khan, believed that if the conflict between the two nations may escalate into higher grounds, the consequences will be out of his control.
While the two countries are making huge decisions, Netizens addressed their concern on Twitter using the hashtag ‘#SayNoToWar.’ Through the use of the said hashtag, it will garner support not just from Pakistani and Indians, but also from different countries and people around the globe.
The aim is to make it known worldwide to create a unified cause and inform these two countries that war is not the answer to its present misunderstanding.
Today the hashtag is in number one spot in India while it placed third in Pakistan which also mirrored the same ‘Say No To War’ calls of India, based on Twitter’s report.
This clash between India and Pakistan gained a lot of attention on social media with celebrities posting concerns on the countries’ recent condition. The public believes that it generates better results when celebrities voice out their stand on the issue.
One of the consistent celebs who vocally insisted on #SayNoToWar through his tweets is Musician, Vishal Dadlani. He even quoted a tweet from Pakistani Twitter user, Tooba Syed, who is requesting the Pakistan government to treat the captive pilot well and send him back ASAP to Indian borders as a sign of offering peace and an end to any revulsion.
Another celebrity named, Haroon, also posted a tweet which sets as a reminder to everyone that those who celebrate war will never participate in combat and those who engage in battle will never observe it.
However, with all these outcries to end the war from both celebrities and ordinary people, one tweet stood out above all. A Twitter user, Dhawal Odedra, posted pictures of mothers who cried upon the cold graves of their soldier sons then added the hashtag #SayNoToWar. After uploading the photos and making it available to the public, post about future predictions and possible outcomes of war bombarded Twitter.
The trending ‘hashtag’ opens up an inevitable topic on Twitter; the dreadful result that this coming war will bring to the country and its people. If war will be anticipated then many lives including innocent ones will be lost. This possibility already reached government officials from both countries- even on the very first day of the attack from Pakistan, they already smelled war but heed no attention to its consequences.
‘An eye for an eye only ends up making the whole world blind’ – one user posted on Twitter which summarizes a lot of things including how revenge can turn one into a monster capable of inflicting harm to others. The thing is, who started the conflict is not important, what is more essential is the effort of the government and its people to stop any possibilities of war.