KIIR report exposes India’s neocolonialism policies in IIOJK

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Speakers at a report launching ceremony organized by illustrious think tank – Kashmir Institute of Inter-national Relations (KIIR) held in the federal me-tropolis on Monday expressed their grave concerns over Indian government’s neo-colonial and imperi-alisticzpolicies towards Kashmir, saying, the BJP was hell bent on changing politico-religious land-scape of the occupied territory through political maneuverings and administrative machinations.

The ceremony was attended and addressed by former secretary Pakistan Foreign Office Ms. Teh-meena Janjua, KIIR chairman Altaf Hussain Wani, CPDR chief Ershad Mehmud, Sabur Ali Sayyid and others.

Referring to the salient features of the report, the speakers said that the report was a perfect refer-ence book that brings to the fore the Indian nefari-ous designs in the region and its game plan to change the politico-religious landscape of Kashmir through political maneuverings, administrative machinations and social and cultural aggression.

Lauding the KIIR’s contribution in exposing In-dian government’s neo-colonial and imperialistic policies towards Kashmir, they said the report would go a long way to help understand the Indian government’s settler colonialism framework that seeks to strengthen New Delhi’s control over the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), take advantage of its resources, replace the native population with an invasive settler society, control space, resources and people by occupying their lands, change the political nature of the Kash-mir dispute and deprive its people of the right to self-determination promised to them by the interna-tional community.

“Though the settler colonialism process in IIOJK has been under-way since 1947 but it gath-ered impetus after the Indian government revoked article 370 and 35 A of the Indian constitution that besides guaranteeing a special status to the region had granted exclusive rights to the state-subjects relating to employment, scholarships and other privileges.

Voicing their grave concerns over the forcible annexation and Indianization of Kashmir, they said that the Modi led fascist regime was hell bent on changing the entire political and religious landscape of Kashmir.

Regarding the abrogation of the constitutional status of Jammu & Kashmir, the report says that it was not a random occurrence but a part of a well-designed plan to recreate ground realities in the held-State for its Indianization in the shortest possi-ble span of time.

“It was not a sudden or surprising move by In-dia at all, as Hindu nationalists such Shama Prashad MukharJee, founder of Bhartiya Jhan Sangh now BJP, had stood for the complete integration of Kashmir into India.

“, the report said adding that after the downgrading of the constitutional status of J&K on August 5, 2019 India has introduced around 200 laws to reshape the occupied State at a horren-dous speed.

After the introduction of new domicile law, the report further said, “India is all set to alter the de-mography of IIOJK by paving the way for the set-tlement of two million outsiders in J&K”.

The re-port also mentioned the BJP government’s nefarious designs to dispose and dispossess nativeKashmiris of their lands under the cover of newly introduced amendments in the state’s land laws and revenue acts.

Paying eulogizing tributes to towering Kashmiri liberation leader and former chairman All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) Syed Ali Geelani for his life long struggle for the cause of Kashmir, the speakers said that Geelani was an epitome of cour-age, perseverance and dedication.

While highlighting the immense sacrifices of the deceased leader the KIIR chairman Altaf Hussain Wani said that Geelani was a fearless Kashmiri leader who championed the Kashmiris’ cause of right to self-determination with great conviction and consistency.

Referring to his lifelong untiring strug-gle Mr. Wani said that Geelani was an iconic leader who left behind a proud legacy that will continue to inspire Kashmiris upcoming generations.

He was a fearless fighter who spearheaded the movement with courage, bravery and consistency. He is one of the proud sons of the soil who never compromised his ideals, never changed his stance and did not budge even an inch from his principled stand on the issue of Kashmir. History, he said, would remember him as a warrior of truth and justice.

He is no longer with us but his legacy is something that will con-tinue to inspire and mobilise freedom lovers until they liberate their motherland from Indian occupa-tion.

Terming Geelani’s demise as a national loss the speakers said that the revered leader’s death has created a void in the political sphere of Kashmir that could not be filed so easily but the flame of freedom that he lit would continue to burn brighter.

The speakers also paid rich tributes to the KMS Director Shaikh Tajamul-ul-Islam who passed away in Islamabad after a brief illness. Lauding his peer-less contribution to the Kashmir cause, they said that Islam was one of the pioneers of the freedom struggle who rendered his service for the noble cause while working on political, diplomatic and journalistic fronts.—APP

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