Consequences of Indian provocation on Kashmir status
Kashmir is the bone of contention between India and Pakistan for the last seven decades, since both the countries have fought two full-scale wars besides conflicts on the border. India is blamed to suppress the Kashmiris, and that's why India does not have any moral ground on this issue but muscle power.
Pundit Jawaharlal Lal Nehru was a strong policy maker on Kashmir issue and always supported the plebiscite in Kashmir. At the same time he had admitted the right of self-determination of the Kashmiris. The repealing of the articles 370 and 35 (A) of Indian constitution, has stirred a new wave of protests against Indian administration and hegemony in Indian Kashmir. This decision came after the US President's offer to Imran Khan to mediate on Kashmir Issue.
Currently bloodshed, human rights violation and atrocities are occurring on daily basis although there is no opportunity to know the real situation due to lockdown. Consequently, the diplomatic relations between India and Pakistan has been deteriorated since Indian High Commission has been expelled from Pakistan. Even all type of trade has been suspended till indefinite period by Pakistan. Luckily, the Indian actions in Kashmir has got International attention and it has been discussed in UN Security Council.
Subsequently, the UNSC 15 member closed-door meeting was held on Friday 16th August 2019, on the request of Pakistan and China. The UNSC members nullified the Indian claims that it was the internal matter of India and considered it an International disputed status in the light of UN resolutions. They urged both India and Pakistan to show restraint and avoid a unilateral decision that may increase tensions in the region.
Pakistan played the key role by expressing its deep concerns on Indian unilateral or unbridled action to change the undecided status of the state of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh. It was Pakistan's move on the diplomatic front for which Kashmir issue was discussed in UNSC after 50 Years and has seek attention of international community while India tried to propagate it as an internal issue.
The article 370 and 35-A of the Indian Constitution were the safeguard of the Kashmiri people those gave them distinct identity and guarded against the interference of central government of India.
Because, these articles had placed restrictions for the Indians from acquiring property or settling in the state of Kashmir. The repeal of above-mentioned articles from Indian Constitution is seen by the Kashmiris as Indian conspiracy against them with a purpose to transform them from majority Muslim into minority through demographic upending. And India's stance is so vicious and cruel on Kashmir that they will not hesitate to take any brutal action to employ their agenda.
Premier Modi has been facing difficulties after US President Donald Trump had offered to Pakistan Prime Minister for the mediation over the Kashmir dispute. But the US President had opined that Indian PM Modi had also requested him to resolve Kashmir issue during his visit to Whitehouse. The stand of US has shown the light to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and they started dreaming the dawn of their Independence.
But the recent hasty amendment to Indian constitution by Modi Regime through Presidential ordinance has put the Indian PM Modi into a trap in global arena since it is an internationally disputed area while India didn't consulted with the UN for such move. Consequently, the opposition leaders have civil society as well as leftist parties have called it the black day for Indian constitution by terming it the murder of the constitution.
On the other hand, the senior leadership of Indian National Congress had said that Jammu and Kashmir is slipping out of India due to foolish and insensible move of PM Modi to meddle with the Kashmir's disputed Status by repealing articles 370 and 35 A of the Indian constitution.
The misleading policy adopted by India has cost it a lot since it has imposed curfew in IOK from 5th August. It has also deployed 10000 extra troops to Jammu and Kashmir to suppress the voice of Kashmiris. India also has used globally banned cluster bombs in IOK and is involved in mass human rights violations while taking more than 4000 people in detention.
Consequently, Pakistan requisitioned the joint session of the Parliament and both the opposition leaders and the govt representative condemned the Indian aggression. They said that Pakistan is ready to give a befitting response to any misadventure. They warned that Pakistan is not in the favour of war but if war is imposed, the response would be far better than 27 Feb 2019. The Parliament took the strong stand against India and announced to suspend all type of trade with India and minimise the diplomatic relations with India by expelling Indian high commission to India and recalling its High Commission from India.
Pakistan's foreign office under Shah Mehmood Qureshi has done a tremendous job on diplomatic front and Pakistan pursue the great powers to play their role against illegal action of India and take steps to get the resolution passed in UNSC for the freedom of Kashmir as evil designs of India. It is a pity that the Kashmiris could not celebrate the Eid-ul-Azha since the curfew was imposed and all the leadership was in house arrest to avert any protest against central government of India.
India has imposed a complete restriction on both print and electronic media and even on internet services. As a result, the altitude of Indian persecution is unknown to the people of the world. International communities and big powers should come forward to ensure the rights of the Kashmiris. If they cannot do so, trust of the people around the world on global system will be debilitated which will raise question the legitimacy of the system.
The writer is a freelance columnist, having interest in public policy, governance, foreign policy, human rights and conflict studies. He writes from Pakistan.