Month: January 2014

The Kashmir issue and Pakistan

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On the basis of partition plan, the Jammu and Kashmir was to be part of Pakistan. The global conspiracy proved to be a hindrance. The prejudice of Radcliffe Award, aggressive ambitions of Congress, anti-Muslim stance of Hari Singh and wrong thinking of Kashmiri leaders of the time all contributed to the crisis. Even the leaders of nascent state of Pakistan were warned that they must fence the way leading to Jammu or they would lose Kashmir.

Nawab Mamdot, the then Governor of Punjab’s indifference was disappointing.
Sixty six years have passed since then and throughout the period Kashmiris have given a lot of sacrifices. Pakistan has fought three wars. Pakistan’s government and leadership today seem eager to find a “solution” to the issue with India. Since 1953, more than 150 sessions of talks have been held in vain. India is adamant on maintaining that Jammu and Kashmir are its integral part.
Our stance on Jammu and Kashmir is very clear and firm. Six hundred thousand people sacrificed their lives while over 10,000 are missing, there are mass graves, 50 people have been sentenced to life imprisonment and many held have not been released even after two decades. This is nothing less than an asset for a nation, which is fighting for its freedom. The Kashmiris are not ready to surrender to India.
We will never forget the sacrifices made by the Pakistanis for the cause of Kashmir. In the face of Indian aggression, we proudly proclaim that we are Pakistanis and Pakistan is ours.
The support of 180 million people of Pakistan is a source of inspiration. Pakistan should continue to support Kashmiris on all levels especially on diplomatic front and Pakistani media must highlight the atrocities committed by India in Kashmir. It is being felt that it is not highlighting the situation as it should be. India on the other hand is very actively painting the opposite picture, emphasising that the use of force in Kashmir is legitimate. Change can be brought if international community puts pressure on the Indian government.

Since the oppressed Kashmiris do not have the platform to attract international attention, therefore Pakistan must fill this gap. It is the responsibility of our brethren in Pakistan and Azad Jammu Kashmir but they have not fulfilled it. Late Qazi Hussain Ahmed started the observance of Kashmir Day on February 5 in Pakistan. For some years it was observed with reverence but now it lacks the true spirit that it once had.
Earlier in his letter to the Pakistani nation Syed Ali Geelani deplored the situation in Pakistan in general and Balochistan in particular. “There is separatist movement underway in Balochistan. People are openly demanding freedom. Mutilated bodies have been found. People of Balochistan are worried. Young people are being arrested and killed. People staged a 27-day long march from Quetta to Karachi and now are marching from Karachi to Islamabad. The indifference of new government is not different from those in the past.
“The situation in Karachi is turbulent. No government has been able to stop target killings. There is widespread weaponisation. Through media reports it has surfaced that the cases registered against the miscreants are not strong enough to bring them to justice.
“Sectarian violence has spread across Pakistan. The Rawalpindi sectarian tragedy shook the whole country. The ulema of Shia and Sunni sects should meet to resolve differences. Minorities are also being targeted. A Christian neighbourhood was burnt to ground. Why are such incidents happening? Pakistan was made in the name of Islam and nearly 2.5 million people sacrificed their lives for its freedom. Every citizen of Pakistan should have protection in this country but this has turned into a far-fetched dream.
“In the 66 years, why has Pakistan not moved in the direction on the basis of which it came into existence? The main reason is that the rulers’ thinking and ideals have been influenced by the Western culture. According to information reaching us Pakistani society is on decline. Alcohol, drugs, moral degradation and films imported from India are contributing to the nation’s decline. Racial, regional, provincial, and linguistic prejudices are damaging the national harmony. The difference between the haves and have nots is increasing. The feudal culture is gaining strength.
“Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan: Apparently working for promotion of Shariah and Islam. TTP is committing acts that can in no way be linked to Islam and humanity. Attacks on innocent civilians, Pakistan army personnel and people to administration are not Islamic and unforgivable crimes. We appeal to TTP to lay down weapons and start talks with Pakistan government so that their energies can be utilised in a positive way.”

TRAMBOO EXPRESSES RESOLVE TO TAKE MOVEMENT TO LOGICAL END

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In occupied Kashmir, the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front-R Chief Patron, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo has reiterated the Kashmiris’ commitment to take the freedom movement to its logical conclusion. 

According to Media sources, paying rich tributes to the martyrs including Muhammad Hussain Hakak, Shaheed Manzoor Ahmad Mir alias Munna of Nawab Bazar Srinagar, Tramboo in a statement issued in Srinagar, said “these martyrs gave their lives for the freedom.”

“It is our responsibility that we should reach out to everyone with the message of this pious movement and at the same time we will have to be with the leadership and the common masses at all times so that both the ends will not drift from each other,” he advised. 

INDIAN ARMY SAYS PATHRIBAL FAKE ENCOUNTER CASE SHUT FOREVER ARMY GAVE NO REASONS FOR CLOSURE OF CASE: IOK AUTHORITIES

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In occupied Kashmir, the Indian Army has rejected any fresh probe into the Pathribal fake encounter saying the case has been closed, while the local authorities say the report submitted by army to the court has no mention of reasons for closure of the case.

According to Media sources, a top Indian Army officer in a media interview in Srinagar said there was no mention of Pathribal (fake encounter) during the Indian cabinet meeting on security, which was chaired by Defence Minister AK Antony in New Delhi.

“The situation on Line of Control and International Border was discussed threadbare, but there was no mention of Pathribal at all,” he said, adding that there has been no discussion about the case even at Army Headquarters level.

The officer said the case has been closed by the Army, adding “There is no past history of re-investigating cases probed by Army.” 

CBI had indicted five Army personnel for killing five local civilians in a fake encounter at Pathribal in Islamabad district in March 2000. The army had dubbed the victims as foreign militants, responsible for killing 35 Sikhs at Chattisingpura a few days ago. However, investigations proved that the slain people were local civilians. 

Consequent to the CBI probe and an order from the Indian Supreme Court in March 2012, Army had taken over the case from the Court of the Srinagar Chief Judicial Magistrate.

The closure report on Pathribal fake encounter case submitted by Army in the Court of Chief Judicial Magistrate Srinagar doesn’t explain the reasons for the decision, said the local authorities.

“The order doesn’t give any reason on how the Army came to conclusion of the case,” Advocate General MI Qadri said in a media interview in Srinagar. 

INDIAN CRPF CONSTABLE COMMITS SUICIDE IN SRINAGAR

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In occupied Kashmir, a Head Constable of Indian Central Reserve Police Force has committed suicide in Srinagar city.

According to Media sources, the Head Constable, Baalu Saroday of 73rd battalion, ended his life by shooting himself with his service rifle at Bemina camp in the city. The deceased was on duty inside the camp when he shot himself to death, police said.

This incident raised the number of such deaths amongst the Indian troops and police personnel to 299 since January 2007. 

KASHMIR VALLEY FREEZES AS MERCURY DROPS

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In occupied Kashmir, although the 40-day harshest winter period “Chillai Kalan” is about to end on Friday, there is no respite to the Valley residents from the intense cold wave conditions. “Chillai Kalan” began on December 21.

According to Media sources, the cold wave tightened its grip on Kashmir valley and Ladakh region as mercury plummeted in most places by several notches and Kargil recorded the season’s lowest temperature for the second consecutive night. 

The Meteorological Department forecasted more snowfall from February 2 to 6. With the western disturbance approaching the state, the day temperatures may fall by 5-6°C and night temperature may rise by 2-3°C. 

IOK BAR FORMS TEAM TO EXAMINE CLOSURE OF PATHRIBAL CASE

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In occupied Kashmir, the High Court Bar Association has constituted a five-member team to examine the records about the infamous Pathribal fake encounter case.

According to Media sources, the lawyers’ team comprises advocates Z. A. Shah, Z. A. Qureshi, Manzoor Ahmad Dar, Mohammad Abdullah Pandit and Nazir Ahmad Ronga.

“The team will examine the records, and after thoughtful analysis, devise the future strategy for further legal action,” a statement issued by the lawyers body said.

The decision was taken in a meeting during which it was also announced that lawyers would observe one-day strike on Friday, January 31 in protest against the closure of the Pathribal case.

“The Bar Association while condemning the closure of case by the Indian army reiterates its stand that the Army officials are involved in the killing of five innocent persons.

In 2006, India’s premier investigation agency, the CBI, indicted 7 Rashtriya Rifles’s Brig Ajay Saxena, Lt. Col. Brajendra Pratap Singh, Maj. Sourabh Sharma, Maj. Amit Saxena and Subedar Idrees Khan for the cold-blood murder of the five civilians at Pathribal, Anantnag, on March 25, 2000. 

LET PEOPLE FROM BOTH SIDES OF LOC DECIDE THEIR FUTURE: AUSTRALIAN AUTHOR

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The Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) are needed to be brought together to discuss the future of their motherland, says an Australian academic, Dr Christopher Snedden.

According to Media sources, Dr Christopher Snedden, an Australian politico-strategic analyst and author expert on South Asia, was giving a talk at the Oxford University Press bookshop in Islamabad in connection with the launch of his book “The Untold Story of the People of Azad Kashmir”. The book has been published by the Oxford University Press.

The book claims to use new information to populate a fact-based narrative for the Kashmir dispute. It also analyses the political and economic dynamics of Azad Kashmir. But the audience discussion, following Snedden’s talk, mostly focused on a possible resolution of the Kashmir dispute.

Snedden said that he wants the “Jammu-&-Kashmirites (J&Kites)” as he thinks the term “Kashmiri” does not accurately encompass the people of Jammu to have the right to self-determination. However, he admitted that it was an idealistic position because “it requires India and Pakistan to agree to allow the Kashmiris to decide what they want to do about their future.” He said that both countries have not shown any significant movement in that direction.

Snedden said that a “win-win solution” for Pakistan, India and Kashmir would be to involve everybody in the discussion about Kashmir’s future. “Pakistan and India should realize that if you impose a solution, there’s no guarantee it would work, because the Kashmiris have historically staged uprisings,” he said.

Snedden said the book is a labour of love. He said he wrote it to “correct history” and “to show that the real story of Kashmir is not what India has convinced the world.”

India has consistently claimed that the Kashmir conflict was instigated by Pakistani tribesmen, Snedden said. However, he said that “he believes the dispute was initiated by J&K-ites, especially people in Poonch — these were mostly Muslim soldiers who had served in the British Army, who had been double-taxed by the Maharaja and feared an existential threat when they were forced to surrender their officially issued weapons”.

The Pashtun tribesmen came in to the picture later after Poonchis went to Dara Adam Khel to buy weapons to defend themselves, according to Snedden. He said that the J&K-ites were also wary of the Pashtuns, who went straight to Srinagar because that was the Maharaja’s seat of power but also because they could plunder there.

On the other hand, Snedden said Nehru and Sardar Patel knew that the Kashmir issue might arise well before partition and had been discussing it in Congress since August 1946.