Ilhan Omar Exposes Indian Deceitfulness Vis-À-Vis Kashmir Issue

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Indian Fascist Modi regime once again left red faced in the aftermaths of US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar fresh statement over Kashmir issue and fascist Modi regime. Congresswoman Ilhan who along with delegation made a recent visit to Pakistan and conducted various meetings with top political brass of the including the president Azad Jammu and Kashmir Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhary in a rare visit to Muzzaffarabad. Ilhan Omar during her visit criticized the reluctance of the US government to discuss the issue of human rights abuses in India-administered Kashmir.  “I don’t believe that it (Kashmir dispute) is being talked about to the extent it needs to in Congress but also with the administration,” ” we held a hearing in the foreign affairs committee (of Congress) to look at the reports of human rights violations.” The sequence of statements vis-a- vis Kashmir dispute prompted an angry response from India. There is no doubt that the statements depict the factual reality of the conflict that has been deceitfully ignored. The remarks actually validated the sentiment of the public of conflict-ridden valley that has been facing Indian repression over the years. In addition, the expressions by US Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has also rang alarm bells for the global stake holders of the conflict and it’s an indication that their policy needs a clear introspection.

For reasons, Indian ostensible claim of world’s largest democracy and profound secular state seems wobbling because it overtly refuses provision of basic human rights to Kashmiri people. Masses are victimized through imposing curfews, forbidding religious practices and cultural rituals. Furthermore banning print, electronic and social media services ensued further deprivation from basic necessities of life. Ironically, the hallmarks of Indian violence through human shielding, use of pellet guns and shotgun bullets, bloodshed and custodial killings, rapes, and molestation enforced disappearances and torturing fostered irreconcilable conundrums of perpetual peace and stability in the valley.

As a consequence, ardent strategic ploys by India over Kashmir issue holds a significant impact on the resolution of core dispute between two nuclear powers and it also becoming a devious drive in deteriorating regional security architecture. For instance, the use of military force to suppress the rights and voices of innocent Kashmiris have exposed and failed drastically over the years.

On Islamabad’s part, it has always sought international mediation and facilitation to resolve the Kashmir issue in line with relevant UN resolutions. The potential mediators of the Kashmir issue like the UN and the five veto-holding members of the UN Security Council are deeply divided and unable to reach a consensus in developing a framework for implementing the existing UN resolutions to address the longest-standing international conflict that threatens to engulf the entire globe.

It is not enough for the international community to merely call out India for its atrocities in Kashmir or the genocidal calls against Muslims in India; it must take concrete steps to hold India accountable for its grave human rights violations. In this regard, the unilateral decision of India to rip Kashmir of its constitutionally political status under Article 370 and 35 A of the Indian constitution is a recent example at hand that requires international attention and necessitates that Pakistan evaluates the efficacy of its policy towards the Kashmir dispute.

Undoubtedly, as a party to the Kashmir issue, Pakistan should continue to assert its legitimate claim and express solidarity with the people of Kashmir by extending its unwavering moral, political and diplomatic support to the indigenous freedom struggle. Moreover, Pakistan should expedite diplomatic efforts to sensitize the international community to the extent that it appreciates the urgent need to mitigate the plight of Kashmiris and realize its obligation to resolve the issue in line with UN resolutions. To this end, regional and global multilateral forums, especially the UN, the OIC, and potential stakeholders like China, and the US should be pushed about the need to develop a viable mechanism so as to ensure the human and democratic rights of the people of Kashmir.

Yet despite sincere efforts towards the resolution of the Kashmir dispute, Pakistan finds itself locked in a perpetual conflict with its much larger, belligerent, and increasingly non-democratic India which under hawkish Modi-regime seems to have lost any sense of respect for democratic and humanitarian ideals. Thus, it is advisable that until the final settlement of the issue, Pakistan make it a priority to expose Indian war crimes in Kashmir and seek international cooperation in reaching a framework whereby Kashmir is de-militarized.

To conclude with, Delhi grisly tried to rub Kashmiri nose further into the ground through scraping 370 which holds the significance of fig leaf in front of dedication for their rights of self-determination however, the antipathy would create the hostile configuration. Thus, decision reversal has become considerably important to maintain regional stability in order. Indian Policymakers must realize that such zero-sum tactics merely a wild goose chase in dark whilst the fate of Kashmir can only decide by the Kashmiri people. Great powers should play their role to mitigate the crisis and to stable regional security architecture to better enhance the prospects of collective peace and cooperation. Indeed, Kashmiris are fatigued of pellets, bullets, massacres and cannot protests forever, ultimately they will do a cost-benefit analysis and if the intensity of Indian atrocities remained same this resistance may return with greater ferocity and power and youth in Kashmir will defiantly follow the precedent of Burhan Wani. Thus all the stakeholders must realize the essence of the situation otherwise this protracted conflict may lead to a possible outbreak of the war of nuclear arsenals among two states causing irreparable loss and sufferings of humans and assets.

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