Changing milieu in Kashmir

Dr Muhammad Khan

The post July 8, 2016 developments in Indian occupied Kashmir have given a new dimension to the Kashmiri’s struggle for their right of self-determination. This time, the Kashmiri youth seems to be at the vanguard of the movement. This post 1990, Kashmiri youth is fearless, more determine and highly motivated to achieve their objective with a clear proclivity towards Pakistan. The main focus of their struggle has been to disseminate the Kashmir cause and Indian brutalities in IOK through political means and social media, which has been banned once again. The use of brutal force, particularly the pellet gun; disabling and blinding the unarmed protestors by Indian security forces is serious violation of the human rights in IOK.
Whereas, the people of IOK are sacrificing for their UN mandated right to live, there is dire need that, Indian brutalities and human right violations should be highlighted as humanitarian crisis of the Kashmir dispute by Pakistan. In order to highlight the humanitarian dimension of the dispute, the Pakistani diplomatic missions all over the world, the Kashmiri Diaspora, the political leadership of the country and media needs to be mobilised to apprise the world community about the latest happenings in IOK. Only a clear and bold political stance of Pakistan against the Indian brutalities in IOK would satisfy the Kashmiri youth.
As a step forward, the Foreign Office of Pakistan has arranged a briefing for the P-5 and European diplomats in Islamabad. The diplomatic community was highlighted about the continuous human rights violations in IOK. Besides, in order to internationalise the Kashmir dispute, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has nominated twenty-two parliamentarians, who will apprise the international community about the dynamic of Kashmir dispute and the Indian attitude towards peaceful Kashmiri protestors. As per Premier, “I have decided to send these parliamentarians for fighting the Kashmir cause in different parts of the world. These special envoys have strength of the people of Pakistan, prayers from the Kashmiri people across the Line of Control, mandate of parliament and support from the government.”
It is worth mentioning that, Indian security forces have in fact unleashed an unprecedented reign terror over the Kashmiris, asking for their right of self-determination. This is state-sponsored terrorism, the UN, civilised international community and major powers should take note of. Through the use of pellet guns and prohibited bore weapon system, India is killing the Kashmiri youth on one side and blinding/disabling them to make them an example for others. This is being done through a well-planned strategy by the Indian Government and its security forces.
Although the Kashmiris are sacrificing for their right of self-determination for past many decades, there seems to be a new phase in their struggle. The more Indian forces are terrorising and killing them, Kashmiri shows more and more determination and enthusiasm for their freedom from Indian yoke. Indian leadership and its brutal security forces understand that, Kashmiris will accept the Indian rule over their state; therefore, they are using all options to suppress them. In fact, if India could not convince the Kashmiris in seven decades, it is unlikely that, this use of brutal force would ever persuade the Kashmiri masses to be part of this aggressor state.
The bottom-line India has to understand that Kashmiris have never accepted Indian rule nor they are going to do that in future. Had they reconciled with the Indian rule, there would not have been anti India demonstrations, the political struggle and protests on daily basis. The Kashmiri youth seems highly motivated and determine not to accept Indian packages like Operation Sadbhavana or any bribery to lure in them. This youth is totally fearless and ready to pay any cost of the freedom. They just want freedom from India and have linked their future with Pakistan. There are more pro-Pakistan slogans and Pakistani flags flattering in the streets of IOK than ever before.
Since Kashmiris and Pakistan desired a peaceful solution of the Kashmir and have offered India to engage in a dialogue process, but there have been no success as yet, as India is all out to make use of force. Through its political and diplomatic missions all over the world, Pakistan should highlight the Indian reluctance for resolution of issue through peace talks, besides highlighting the aspects of human rights violation in IOK. The Government of Pakistan should also seriously consider including the Kashmiri people and particularly those affected of Indian brutalities to be part of these mission. This approach may bring a change in the attitude of international community, which have been insensitive over the Kashmir dispute, for decades now.
— The writer is International Relations analyst based in Islamabad.

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