Dr Muhammad Khan
OVER the last two months, there have been over fifty civilian deaths owing to unprovoked Indian firing at different locations along the Line of Control (LoC). The worst demonstration of cross LoC firing was on November 23, 2016 in Neelum Valley. This heavy weapon firing on a passenger bus killed 10 innocent civilians and injured eleven. The ambulance service too was fired upon, once it came for the rescue of injured persons. Nowhere in the world, even during active war are ambulance targeted. Besides, three soldiers of Pak Army also embraced Shahadat due to Indian firing on a military post in AJK. Earlier also, seven soldiers of Pak Army got martyrdom due to heavy artillery shelling of India.
This mass killing and killing of dozens of others, elsewhere along the LoC is worst form of Indian aggression and violation of LoC and Working boundary. Killings of civilians and their property has created a sense of insecurity and fear among the population, living near LoC.As a result of this firing, the people of affected areas have started shifting elsewhere, educational institutions are close and people cannot come out of their houses. Even inside the houses, they are unsafe and scared. Four children were killed in Khuiratta area of the Kotli sector, while they were inside their house. Indeed, there is humanitarian crisis in AJK too all along the LoC.
Apparently, there seem no reasons of unprovoked Indian firing along the LoC. However visualising the mind-set of Indian leadership one could easily reach over to the conclusion that India is under-taking this offensive act, in fact a terrorism to achieve three objectives. First; to divert the attention of international community, UN and Pakistan, away from the massive human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir, which Indian forces are committing since 1990. The recent wave of this state sponsor terrorism of India killed over 160 innocent Kashmiris in IOK and injured over 10,000. India is using pallet guns and other prohibited weapons and techniques to punish and paralyse the Kashmiri youth.
There was a global condemnation of these massive human rights violations in IOK, which was questioning the Indian democracy and secularism too. The world has learnt about the real face of Indian secularism and its democracy. Indeed, India has been deceitful to the world over many issues, it is confronting internally besides its genocide acts of Kashmiris. Owing to political, economic and strategic reasons, there has been soft corner of the major powers and Europe for India over the years. India seems losing this aspect too. The rogue India Army has committed unprecedented human rights violations in IOK and now has expanded its domain up to AJK.
The second aspect is Indian frustration over the gigantic project; the China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) and progress made by Pakistan on CPEC. Since India was against the idea of the CPEC, therefore, seeing the rapid progress of development of this project in last one year, India got frustrated and under tremendous strain. It never wanted the wave of economic progress in Pakistan through projects like CPEC. With the completion of this corridor, Pakistan will get lot of FDI and opportunities for economic development and prosperity upon completion of this project. On one hand India is destabilizing Pakistan through the promotion of terrorism inside Pakistan, now, it is physically attacking the military posts and civilian for creating an impression that Pakistan is unsafe and insure, thus unsuitable for trade, commerce and investment.
The third aspect is the domestic agitation in India. Indian Prime Minister promised economic uplift of India during the election campaign. Nevertheless, there is a further down fall in the living standard of the people of India, rather any improvement. Then, there is exploitation of minorities, dalits and even Hindus, who are against the fundamental ideology of RSS. Premier NarindraModi, an old associate of the RSS gets directive from this militant organization. This organization follows the philosophy of Hindutva and humiliating those not adhering their school of thought. Since RSS is against the very idea of Pakistan, therefore, its followers would everything against this ideological state. The Indian firing on the innocent people of AJK across the LoC is through a deliberate and well thought strategy. This policy suits Indian leadership; aims to do everything whatever they want, deceive the Indian masses on false slogans of attaining major power status, befool the international community of having secularism and democracy and a huge market for the global trade and commerce and finally blame Pakistan for all its ills.
Whereas, the soldiers and those living along the LoC are sacrificing their lives and properties, there has been no worthwhile response from the Government. Despite sending the parliamentarian and having huge diplomatic corps in various capitals, Pakistan has not been able to convince the international community of Indian brutalities in IOK, its worst form of the violation of LoC, killing dozens of the innocent people. Whether it is lack of political commitment with Kashmir cause, failure of diplomatic efforts or else biased attitude of international community towards Pakistan, there has to be a strategy formulated by Pakistan to safeguard the masses in Indian occupied Kashmir and people living along the LoC. The response of Kashmiri leadership on both side of the LoC too has been found wanting. Except political statements, there has been no concrete action taken as yet.
— The writer is International Relations analyst based in Islamabad.