A real Ambassador of Kashmiris

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  • The Prime Minister has worked hard to internationalise the issue

The address to the mammoth public rally in Muzaffarabad by Prime Minister Imran Khan was the pragmatic and visionary discourse of a statesman par excellence who was unraveling the gravity of the situation in Indian-Occupied Kashmir to his people in the backdrop of the unilateral action by the Modi government to end the special status of IOK, and mobilizing their support for thwarting any indiscretion by India; it was an expression of unflinching solidarity with people of Kashmir and  commitment to support their cause irrespective of the cost involved; It was a loud and clear message to India that it would not be allowed to get away with its indiscretion and any miscalculation on its part would be forcefully responded to; it was a reiteration of Pakistan’s commitment to peace but at the same time an unequivocal assertion of the fact that it was capable of meeting security challenges of any proportions; It was a genuine warning to the world community about the lurking dangers  and the looming human crisis of unimaginable magnitude in IOK and a passionate call to it why it must act now to stop the fascist RSS ideology in its tracks before it destroys regional peace with horrendous consequences.

The UN and the big powers need to act immediately to defuse the situation, persuade India to rescind its action of August 5 and facilitate the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in conformity with the UN resolutions. That is the only possible solution to prevent the humanitarian crisis brewing in IOK and thwarting the impending dangers to the peace and security in the region. Continued indifference of big powers to the suffering of the people of Kashmir and looking the other way at the Modi government’s anti-Muslim policies in pursuance of its fascist agenda could even jeopardize their strategic and business interests.

The world has already witnessed the scale of death and destruction that the ideologies pursued by Hitler and Mussolini inflicted on humanity. The philosophy of Hindutva pursued by RSS and the BJP government in India headed by its childhood devotee Narendra Modi, takes inspiration from them. Hindutva means India for Hindus to the exclusion of all other ethnicities and minorities. The scrapping of Articles 370 and 35A by the Modi government on August 5, ending special status of the state, is meant to change the demographic features of the Valley and break the will of the Kashmiri freedom fighters through ruthless killings which amply reflect the anti-Muslim bias of the policies being pursued by the Modi government. Stripping ciyizenship from 1.9 million Muslims of Bengali origin in Assam living there for centuries is yet another clear proof of that irrefutable reality.

Prime Minister Imran Khan was right on money to say that oppression and atrocities give rise to militancy and radicalize communities. Kashmir has been a hot spot since 1989 when the people of Kashmir picked up arms to win their freedom after having been frustrated by the Indian intransigence to give them their right of self-determination. According to figures compiled by different human rights organizations, including Amnesty International, from January 1989 to 31 August 2019, the Indian security forces have killed 95,438 people including 7128 custodial killings, gangraped 11,140 women and destroyed 109,409 homes. The movement got a new lease of life after the killing of Burhan Wani in 2016 and notwithstanding the fact that Indian security forces had killed 1031 people, arrested and tortured thousands of them besides causing a number of custodial deaths, injuries to 10298 people with pellet guns and gang-raping nearly 1000 women, it rolled on with greater ferocity. Reports of people defying the Indian-imposed curfew for the last 40 days-plus and Indian security forces continuing their oppression with guns, disruption of means of communication, internet facilities and a complete lockdown , prove beyond any doubt that the Indian action has provided a reason for more radicalization of the Kashmiri youth.

Never before has any Pakistani leader advocated the Kashmir cause so vociferously and with such unswerving determination. Imran Khan’s advocacy of the Kashmir cause inviting the world attention to the humanitarian crisis likely to unfold in IOK at different international forums, interface with international media and interactions with world leaders, have surely produced positive results. It is undoubtedly due to those efforts that the Kashmir issue has been internationalized. The endorsement of the UNSC of its resolutions on Kashmir as a means to resolving Kashmir dispute; the EU showing concern on human rights violations in Kashmir emphasizing solution of the dispute on the basis of UN resolutions; scathing criticism of violation of human rights in IOK by Chairman Human Rights Council ; the call by the OIC for resolving the Kashmir issue in the light of relevant UN resolutions and the endorsement of the precarious humanitarian situation in IOK by the internal media and human rights organizations are surely the gains of diplomatic offensive unleashed by the PTI government under the stewardship of Imran Khan, an uncompromising leader when it comes to humanitarian causes and the inalienable right of self-determination of the people of Kashmir.

He is the best-ever advocate of the cause of Kashmiris and rightly calls himself their Ambassador. He has vowed to raise the issue at the coming session of the UN General Assembly to stir the conscience of the world community. The Prime Minister rightly lamented the fact in his address as well as his interview with Russia Today that the world community has not reacted to the situation in IOK as it should have because of some of the bigger powers looking at the crisis through the prism of their strategic and economic interests. Kashmir is undoubtedly a nuclear flashpoint. The situation created by India in IOK can easily push the two nuclear neighbours into an armed clash, as rightly warned by the Prime Minister.

The UN and the big powers need to act immediately to defuse the situation, persuade India to rescind its action of August 5 and facilitate the resolution of the Kashmir dispute in conformity with the UN resolutions. That is the only possible solution to prevent the humanitarian crisis brewing in IOK and thwarting the impending dangers to the peace and security in the region. Continued indifference of big powers to the suffering of the people of Kashmir and looking the other way at the Modi government’s anti-Muslim policies in pursuance of its fascist agenda could even jeopardize their strategic and business interests.