UNCIP Kashmir resolution

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Muhammad Zahid Rifat

LONGEST lingering and unresolved Kashmir issue, which was lying in the cold storage of the United Nations for almost 55 years, was revived and activated by Pakistan in 2018 and 2019 when its democratically elected Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed the UN General Assembly sessions consecutively for two years highlighting the burning Kashmir issue, Palestine issue and Islamophobia. Afterwards, the Kashmir issue has been discussed by the UN Security Council more than twice in a year. The UN and its Security Council, international community as well as international human rights organizations have been expressing serious concern and condemning the fascist RSS/Modi regime of India in continuing suppression and atrocities on innocent, unarmed Kashmiris through indigenous and unarmed struggle for securing their fundamental   Right of Self-Determination. But somehow or the other, due to various factors and interests, they do not pressurize the biggest democratic and human rights violating country {India} beyond expressing concern and condemnation. The right to self-determination is a vital component of human dignity. Negation of this right, as continuously being resorted to India in its illegally occupied territory of Jammu and Kashmir, is gross negation of human freedom, Universal Declaration of Human Rights and its Covenants to say the least.
UN Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP) had adopted the resolution way back on 5 January 1949 embodying the principle of right of self-determination to people of Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). The resolution duly mentioned that the question of IIOJK will be decided through democratic method of a free and impartial plebiscite. But India, which had taken the Kashmir issue to the world body,   had agreed to implement the resolution. But even after long 72 years, the people of IIOJK continue to live under brutal Indian occupation as the Indian Prime Ministers from Pandit Jawahir Lal Nehru down to current Narendra Modi, RSS founder follower, continue to flagrantly and shamefully honour their commitments and the UN Security Council finds itself helpless to get its resolutions implemented by India. 5 January every year is commemorated as the Right of Self-Determination Day for the oppressed people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir territory. As already stated, it was on this day way back in 1949 that UNCIP had adopted the resolution that guarantees free and fair plebiscite in IIOJK under UN auspices to enable Kashmiri people realize their basic and fundamental right to self-determination. The UN must honour its own commitments which were made 72 years back long ago.
The commemoration by the Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over, people and the government of Pakistan,  is quite obviously aimed at reminding the international community, which somehow is blind and sleeping over the continued brutalities and atrocities on innocent Kashmiris by the occupying Indian security forces, that they cannot  shy and refrain  away  from their responsibility towards people of Kashmir living continuously  under persistent oppression and atrocities. Pakistan has been raising the Kashmir issue at the world body and all international forums and bilaterally with all friendly countries. The UN, international community as well as the International  human rights organizations continuously condemn and reject the brutal Indian actions——but somehow do nothing more than this to exert any  pressure beyond  that. It is a bitter well-known fact known the world over that   the people of occupied Indian territory of Jammu and Kashmir are continuously being subjected by more than nine lakhs strong occupying Indian security forces  who have converted  the occupied territory into the largest militarized zone in the world. Occupying India security forces are employing various draconian laws like IIOJK Disturbed Area Act, Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act for arbitrarily arresting any individual for an indefinite period and even killing them without any legal procedure whatsoever. 
In order to continue to maintain its illegal control, India has persistently continued its repressive regime in IIOJK through various mechanizations and brutal state terrorism. Since 5 August 2019 following India’s  illegal merging IIOJK in the Indian Union and placing its  entire over eight million population under detention and military lockdown and   siege, through  continuous and unilateral steps,  the fascist Indian regime of Narendra Modi has created an environment of fear and chaos in its occupied territory.  More than 500 days of continued lockdown and absence of fundamental freedom whatsoever continue to challenge the conscience of the international community and India’s credentials of being a respectable member of the United Nations and the world community at large. Current situation in IIOJK is more than worst in recent history as the people there are being continuously denied and deprived of their fundamental rights including the right to life, freedom of expression and assembly. Pakistan government and the people have all along been and will continue to support in indigenous struggle of the Kashmiris for securing their right of self-determination in accordance with the UN Security Council Resolutions. Pakistan has been and will continue in a determined and committed manner to extend all political, moral and diplomatic support to the just cause of the people of IOJK till they realize   the right of self-determination in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions. The Kashmiris’ determination for continuing their unarmed and just indigenous struggle against all brutalities, atrocities, suffering  and killings of Kashmiri men, women, young girls and boys and children is bound to wake up the long sleeping conscience of the international community and secure their long denied right of self-determination sooner or later, Insha Allah.  After all, there is a limit to such brutalities, atrocities, state terrorism  which the occupying Indian security forces are committing in furtherance of the RSS agenda of fascist Indian PM Modi  and continuing genocide of Kashmiris to turn their  absolute majority into majority by inducting Hindus there through illegal immigration whatsoever.                     
—The writer is Lahore-based senior Journalist, Columnist and retired Deputy Controller (News), Radio Pakistan.