By Ayesha Imtiaz Abbasi.
Since the partition of the subcontinent, Kashmir issue is the bone of contention between India and Pakistan. Both the countries have fought three wars over this issue, UN has called for a plebiscite but the issue remains unresolved. Consequently massive human rights violations have become the fate of the people of valley. Indian military have gone beyond all limits in the use of torturous methods that include burning of homes, rape, prolong beating, electric shocks and even injured patients get arrested from hospitals.
“Mehbooba Mufti has resigned as the Chief Minister of Indian-administered Kashmir. BJP ended the alliance with PDP”
This piece of land contains a painful history. Even now the brutalities by the Indian military are at their peak. For the sustenance of their illegitimate rule they use all tactics and means to suppress the people longstanding for their right of self-determination. Since the beginning of this movement till now, it’s been almost seven decades that these people are firmly standing to achieve desired results. Striving for freedom when being in occupation, where whole government machinery is used against people, their leaders are being detained and even killed, where media especially social media is banned, where honor along with lives is not safe, in such terrible circumstances standing firm and determined is not an easy task.
“UN Human Rights chief has called for an international investigation into abuses in Kashmir”
The use of force is not defined and it can be made anytime against anyone even without sparing women and children. These conditions are highly alarming especially the bloodshed in the valley. The world especially India, Pakistan and UN should take sincere steps towards the solution of such massive HR violations. A positive development occurred recently when the UN Human Rights chief has called for an international investigation into abuses in Kashmir. It has been estimated that up to 145 civilians were killed by security forces and up to 20 civilians killed by armed groups from 2016 to 2018. Two youth were killed on Eid -ul- Fitr. Mehbooba Mufti has resigned as the Chief Minister of Indian-administered Kashmir. BJP ended the alliance with PDP. “Jammu and Kashmir is not an enemy territory, Mehbooba Mufti said. Governor Rule has been imposed in the valley by the president of India Ram Nath Kovind. Indian army has prepared a hit list to target civilians in IOK. Valley observed a shutdown against these appalling cruelties.
It will increase uncertainties further for the Kashmiris and concerns for human rights champions. The issue can be addressed only by peaceful negotiations and flexibility. Instead of being feared by referendum, India should go for it if is truly a democratic and secular state. This bloodshed needs to be ended soon because the people of Kashmir will never give up.