IIOJK have completed two-year under military siege | By M Zahid Rifat 


IIOJK have completed two-year under military siege

MORE than eight million people of Illegally Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K) have completed two years on August 5, 2021 of their forcible living under one of the most brutal, draconian and inhuman complete lockdown the modern world has ever witnessed.

The military siege continues unabatedly while the Kashmiris await implementation of US Security Council Resolutions to exercise their birth right of self-determination and decide their future themselves.

Under the very gazing eyes of a so-called civilized world, more than a million strong occupied Indian security forces are continuing killing, injuring, raping and destruction of a defenceless Kashmiris men, women, young girls, youth and children in an unabated, condemnable and most deplorable manner.

The world at large is turning a blind eye to the tragic and brutal happenings in the disputed territory for ensuring their meagre economic interests with a big country of India.

The international community is ignoring and looking the other side as if those being martyred and killed brutally in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir are the children of a lesser God.

It was on August 5, 2019 that in a surprise and cunning move the fascist regime of India headed by P5ime Minister Narenda Modi resorted to revocation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian Constitution ripping apart its con6unously being ignored international obligations under the UN Security Council, Geneva Convention and violating its own Constitution deprived the occupied disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir of its special status under its own constitution and merging the territory into the Indian Union as integral part.

These illegal measures were followed by imposition of a complete lockdown over entire IOK population and it is continuing in an endless manner so far.

The international community by and large, the United Nations, Organization of Islamic Countries (OIC), various human rights organizations, parliaments and congressed raised their protest voices though but none of these followed by some desirable meaningful tangible measures against the perpetrating state India.

Hence all their protests fell on deaf ears. The Indian Government ignored the threats and large number of deaths due to persisting pandemic of Corona Virus and instead persisted with tightening of its grip over occupied territory by undertaking controversial legislation and repression of an already marooned community.

Pakistan’s Prime Minister’s though his successive quite historical address to the UN General Assembly since September 2019 apparently shook the sleeping conscious of the international community proved as a catalyst for the world bodies and global civil rights society not only condemned but also asked India to revert to its pre- August 5, 2019 status.

Release 8 million imprisoned Kashmiris through its more than a million strong security personnel. But India quite regretfully and callously ignored these calls from the international community.

While the world at large has not moved beyond its verbal rhetoric, India through its massive occupied security forces continues to martyr innocent Kashmiris in in occupied territory in fake encounters and other pretexts.

Simultaneously, it is also taking well-planned steps for changing demographic structure of occupied Jammu and Kashmir by settling thousands of Hindu nationals in the disputed territory with a sinister design of disempowering and disenfranchising the Kashmiris in their own land and turning their absolute majority into minority.

All these draconian and repressive measures in the occupied territory and also against other ethnic communities in India itself continue while the world at large only just watches.

People and the civil and military leadership of Pakistan have all along been extending full moral, diplomatic and political support to Kashmiris reiterating on every occasion that they will be standing with the struggling and suffering Kashmiris till they achieve cherished objective of freedom through exercising right of self-determination in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.

Every Pakistani is well aware of the fact that the Kashmiris are suffering because of their love and aspiration to merge their territory into Pakistan.

How can Pakistan remain indifferent to these aspirations of the IIOJ&K people. It is a national pledge that Pakistan will leave no stone unturned to help the Kashmiris in securing their persistently denied birth right of self-determination.

Veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani, who died some months back, was famous for his chanting slogan of “Hum Pakistani Hain , Pakistan Hamara Hai.

People and the Pakistan Government are observing along with their struggling and suffering Kashmiri brethren on October 27, 2021 as a reiteration of solidarity with the Kashmiri people who have completed two years and continue unabatedly under the longest lockdown so far.

This is yet another attempt to shake the conscious of the international community and urge them to play their roles more effectively and humanly in support of the struggling and suffering Kashmiris by exerting pressure on India to honour and implement its obligations under the UN Security Council resolutions as time is running out and India continues to refuse to listen to the voices of reason and peace.

—The writer is Lahore-based Freelance Journalist, Columnist and retired Deputy Controller (News), Radio Pakistan, Islamabad.

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