The international community is horrified by the repressive operations of the occupation forces in IOK and recently there were voices in the international community to hold India accountable for human rights violations committed by its occupation forces with impunity and to start a Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) Movement. India wants to turn the tables on Kashmiris and Pakistan. This would not help resolve the key dispute of Jammu and Kashmir.
Now without any shred of evidence, India has accused Pakistan for being behind the Pulwama attack, however, Pakistan, in good faith, is ready for any fair, impartial and independent international investigation into the incident. Through such a process, the truth will come forth. Trumped up and fabricated accusations of terrorism must not be used slander Pakistan and suppress the Kashmiris’ movement for self-determination.
Jammu and Kashmir dispute cannot be resolved through oppression and state terrorism. It requires diplomatic tools and political mechanisms. India has taken up a despotic and tyrannical posture towards the Kashmiris for the past 71 years and now it wants to extend the same despotism and tyranny to Indian Muslims and Pakistan; it adds fuel to the fire.
If India reserves right to defend itself, then Pakistan also reserves the same right along with retaliation. Therefore, India must respect for the reserved rights of others including the political aspirations for their liberty and self-determination of Kashmiri’s in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions and it is the key to peace, stability, and good neighbour liness in South Asia Therefore, India in the interest of peace and stability in the region must act responsibly and eschew from giving provocative statements. The hype and fanatic frenzy whipped up in India by the ruling party and extremist groups is a systematic incitement to hatred which is a serious violation of international law, national laws and human norms.
Moreover, Indian civil society must not be led by religious zealots, violent extremists to push the region into communal strife. The Indian civil society must counsel the Indian government to defuse and deescalate the situation, promote dialogue and encourage diplomatic overtures and communication between the two sides so that the truth could be established.
The writer Amna Malik is the President, Center of Pakistan and International Relations (COPAIR) and Editor-in-Chief of ‘Mélange int’l Magazine’ and ‘ The Asian Telegraph
Published in The Asian Telegraph, February 20th, 2019