You can’t hoodwink Kashmiris, Mr Modi

DURING his visit to occupied Kashmir, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated a road tunnel project on Jammu-Srinagar national highway but the Kashmiri people once again demonstrated, by observing complete shutter down in the valley, that no amount of development package or activities can influence them and that they will never accept anything short of self determination-something that is envisaged in several UNSC resolutions. So time calls for Indian leadership to realise the ground situation and shun intransigence for the solution of lingering dispute to bring lasting peace in the region.
While inaugurating the project, Indian PM once again linked the ongoing freedom movement in the valley with terrorism. In our view, the very statement of Modi was only meant to give justification for use of excessive force to repress the Kashmiris and misled the people of India into believing the propaganda. This negative attitude of Indian government will not help sort out the issues but further complicate it. In fact the whole world knows as to who is resorting to terrorism in occupied Kashmir to suppress the voice of innocent and defenceless people. But history is testimony to the fact that no amount of force can stop people from seeking their birthright. For such movements, generations after generations render their blood but never bow their heads before tyrant forces. The same is happening in occupied Kashmir and given the new turn witnessed by the Kashmir movement after the martyrdom of Burhan Wani, we have no doubt in saying that the day is not far when Kashmiris will also see the dawn of independence. Holding sham elections in the valley will not address the matter. If India really believes in democracy, it should move towards resolving the unfinished agenda of the partition by allowing Kashmiri people to decide their future through plebiscite under the auspices of United Nations. World community especially important capitals also have an obligation to come forward to fulfil the promises made with the Kashmiri people.

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