Ignoring Kashmir no longer possible


GIVEN the new turn taken by freedom movement in Kashmir following the martyrdom of Burhan Wani last year and reign of terror and oppression unleashed by Indian forces in the Valley since then, it is impossible for world community to continue to turn its back to this outstanding problem. In fact recent incidents of violence in which the oppressive forces have been shown brutally subjecting Kashmiri youth to extreme violence should bow the heads of entire humanity in utter shame.
Concerns to this effect were also expressed by an EU delegation during a meeting with joint sitting of National Assembly and Senate Standing Committees on foreign affairs. The delegation said it wanted to remain neutral on the dispute but added it cannot shut its eyes on ongoing human rights violations in the territory illegally occupied by India. It is also expected that the EU will also soon release a report throwing light on human rights situation in Kashmir. Though we welcome the EU statement but at the same time it is re-emphasised that human rights situation in held Valley will remain alarming as long as genuine steps are not taken to address this longstanding dispute by engaging all the stakeholders i.e. Kashmiri people, Pakistan and India. In addition, world community including the EU and the UN will have to go beyond mere issuing statements and impress upon India to stop the brutal campaign against the innocents. In fact resolution of this dispute in accordance with the aspirations of local people is of vital importance for world peace in general and the region in particular. Though India has put bars on media in the Valley but emergence of social media has helped a great deal to highlight the plight of armless Kashmiri people. On the diplomatic front also, we understand our Foreign Office needs to further expedite efforts to effectively raise the sufferings of Kashmiri people. Shunning double standards and unsympathetic attitude towards Kashmir, time has come that international community really make resolution of the problem a priority if it is really interested to make this region conflict free.