Modi’s evil designs on future of IIOJK | By M Zahid Rifat 

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Modi’s evil designs on future of IIOJK

ON 05 August 2019, RSS philosophy follower Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had taken almost everyone within the country and abroad with shock and surprise when he took unilateral measures of revoking Article 370 of the Indian Constitution ,white washing the special status of India’s illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and merging it in the Indian Union least bothering about its being internationally recognized disputed territory between India and Pakistan and placing the entire population of the territory under complete lockdown.

Kashmiri people have since completed two years of being under military siege with no signs of any relaxation in it and no consideration of pleas being made to restore the special status of the IIOJK.

There are many factors which force the independent minded people all over the world to be afraid of Indian Prime Minister’s further measures regarding the future of IIOJK.

Likewise, Pakistan also has serious apprehensions and doubts about Narendra Modi’s devilish thinking and plans regarding IIOJK in view of his designs to eliminate Muslim and other minorities from India and also accomplish his devilish designs of changing predominantly Muslim majority into minority in furtherance of his designs to have complete Indian control over occupied territory in all respects leading to undermining the importance of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC ) Resolutions of 1948 calling for holding of a free and fair plebiscite and let the Kashmiris exercise their right of self-determination which India has been blatantly denying for more than seven decades.

In view of these serious apprehensions and doubts, Pakistan has only recently drawn the attention of the UN President and Secretary General towards the possibility of India planning further illegal actions in IIOJK in the coming weeks and months or may be just after when the Kashmiris complete the longest lockdown in the living history of the mankind which is continuing in an unabated manner as a big slur on the faces of UN Security Council and the international community.

These measures could be division, bifurcation, additional demographic changes and continued military siege with a massive evil campaign to suppress Kashmiris legitimate demands and its gross and systematic violations of human rights.

Ever since India’s illegal and unilateral actions of August 5,2019, occupying Indian security forces have brutally killed, tortured, arbitrarily arrested and detained hundreds of Kashmiris and also put almost the entire Kashmiri leadership behind the bars in Indian jails.

In July 2021 alone, Indian security forces have martyred 27 Kashmiri people including two women as they carry on so-called house to house search in exercise of massive powers given to them.

It is also a matter of bitter record that following IIOJK’s merger into the Indian Union and ending its special status, the Indian Government has been taking extraordinary measures to issue fake domicile certificates to more and more Hindus in pretty large number thus paving the way for their settlement in IIOJK and bringing about much desired demographic changes.

Houses were being constructed in substantial numbers in different parts of the occupied territory for accommodating illegally migrating Hindus in furtherance of Hindutwa.

Needless to mention here that all the unilateral and illegal actions taken by India in occupied Jammu and Kashmir since 1951 including the measures initiated after 05 August 2019, as well as any additional unilateral changes which India is apprehended to be taking in future are in sheer violation of the international law, Security Council Resolutions as well as the 4th Geneva Convention and null and void as such.

Pakistan as a matter of fact, has been drawing the attention of the world body chiefs and international community every now and the about gross human rights violations, ongoing brutalities and atrocities on unarmed Kashmiris who are carrying on their indigenous struggle for freedom by exercising their right of self-determination in accordance with the Security Council Resolutions.

But the response from all quarters concerned has somehow not been quite encouraging as merely expressing concern over happenings in IIOJK will not lead to solution of the lingering and burning Kashmir dispute. Durable peace and stability in the region is closely linked with solution of the Kashmir dispute.

India for more than seven decades has been blatantly defying the resolutions of the UN Security Council and taking unilateral measures to strengthen its illegal hold over occupied Jammu and Kashmir territory.

The international community continues to look the other way and prefer expressing concern over tragic happenings in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

As a tribute to India and its Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pursuing the philosophy of Hindutwa, for persistently defying Security Council resolutions on Kashmir dispute, more than 180 members of the United Nations in January 2021 had elected India as non-permanent member of the Security Council for two years.

It is now for the United Nations and the international community at large to be watchful and vigilant and sounding strong worded warnings to India to refrain from taking any more unilateral and illegal measures in occupied territory and avoid further aggravating human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir.

Will they act now in support of the suffering, struggling Kashmiris who are engaged in their just indigenous freedom struggle and pave the way for holding of plebiscite in the IIOJK in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions or just keep looking the other way with their minds sleeping?

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

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