PAKISTAN Sunday presented to world capitals and all world organizations a dossier proving how India was violating all international and humanitarian laws to bring about demographic change in the Indian Illegally Held Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJ&K).
Explaining salient features of the dossier at a news conference, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, National Security Advisor (NSA) Moeed Yousuf and Minister for Human Rights Shirin Mazari said the world will have to break the barrier of not taking India to task for economic reasons for its own and not for Pakistan’s sake.
The exhaustive and well-researched 131-page dossier became all the more necessary after the death of iconic Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Geelani, especially in the manner his family was terrorized and his body kidnapped by the Indian security forces.
The detailed document contains undeniable evidence on different dimensions of the human rights abuses and war crimes by the Indian occupation forces and plight of the Kashmiri people along with analyses of that evidence, urging the Indian Government to bring an end to the brutalities in the occupied territory.
What India is doing in occupied Kashmir is unthinkable by a civilized power but despite all this New Delhi has the audacity of calling itself as the world’s biggest democracy.
Credit goes to the relevant institutions and authorities in Pakistan for their hard work in gathering comprehensive evidence of India’s black deeds in occupied Kashmir and presenting it before the world in an effort to sensitize the international public opinion about the sorry state of affairs there.
The dossier has three chapters: one on war crimes by the Indian army and its genocidal actions, second on the disappointment of Kashmiris and how a local resistance movement is being born despite the propaganda of everything being normal, and a third chapter on how UN Security Council resolutions, international laws and humanitarian laws were being violated through efforts to bring about a demographic change in the valley.
The contents of the dossiers are authenticated by the accounts of the ground situation narrated frequently by international media and human rights organizations like Amnesty International.
It provides details on extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, torture, pellet gun injuries, rapes, over 100,000 cases of children being orphaned, search and cordon operations, false-flag operations, fake encounters and planting of weapons on innocent residents to implicate them and harm the resistance movement.
The most alarming part of the dossier is the revelation about the Indian patronage and training of the militant Islamic State group as evidence suggested New Delhi was operating five training camps in Gulmarg, Raipur, Jodhpur, Chakrata, Anupgarh and Bikaner.
It is because of massive human rights violations, reaction by the local population and designs of the occupation forces that India is denying free access to the media, human rights organizations and independent observers to the region.
It is believed that India was running ISIS training camps to establish a linkage between the freedom movement and terrorism in a bid to maligning the indigenous freedom struggle of Kashmiri people.
India might have established contacts with ISIS during its presence in Afghanistan where its diplomatic missions were actively involved in anti-Pakistan activities.
The situation in occupied Kashmir demands urgent intervention by the international community and continuation of the silence despite availability of solid evidence would amount to encouraging the perpetrators of war crimes to persist with their ethnic cleansing of Kashmiris.
The five demands that Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has made should form the basis for action by the international community — end to human rights violations; action against perpetrators highlighted in the dossier; end to demographic change; end to military and digital siege; release of all political prisoners; and unhindered access in IoK to the UN, the independent permanent human rights commission of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation, independent journalists, human rights organizations and civil society organizations.
There is a fit case for trial of India in the International Criminal Court (ICC) and sanctions by the United Nations as Indian actions constitute serious violations of numerous resolutions of the world body.
However, this would not happen automatically given the nature of clout India has in different world capitals and international organizations.
The Foreign Minister has assured that the dossier would be widely circulated and distributed all over the world and we hope our missions in different countries would hold special events in a staggered manner to release the documentary evidence against Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.
The facts and figures included in the report should also serve as talking points for all those representing Pakistan in different events and forums the world over besides effective lobbying for initiation of concrete action against India by individual countries and world bodies.