The Burning Kashmir and International Silence

Author Name: Adil Rana      25 Oct 2019     Kashmir

Even after two and a half months of Indian occupied Kashmir valley’s lockdown by the Modi government, the international community is not listening to the grievances of the oppressed Kashmiri people. How many more mass killings the world can bear to witness in occupied Kashmir, to shake the conscience of the Western world where human rights are always considered sacred above all other rights. In the wake of any human rights violation in the West, the Western governments and human rights watchdogs act in a manner to avoid any sort of misconceptions and resolve the issue with established mechanisms. For their own interests, Western powers have never hesitated to intervene in many humanitarian crises in order to settle the disputes. To mention, East Timor is an example.

The silence of the world community is regrettable both for the settlement of the dispute as well as the humanitarian crisis in Kashmir. With massive crackdown against innocent Kashmiri people and keeping them caged in the occupied valley, Modi is portraying himself as a ‘New Hulago’ with a more intense and brutal policy for occupied Kashmir. India has unfolded a new war strategy against the ‘Kashmir freedom movement’ by abrogating Article 370 of the Indian constitution. The core battle which BJP’s government has reinforced in occupied Kashmir reflects its hegemonic ambitions in the form of practicing ‘Hindutva’ as a superior long term policy objective. There is much clarity about the Indian new strategy which underlines specific political and military goals in order to achieve a strategic edge over Pakistan. Indian leaders perceive Hindutva as an ideological force to re-construct and re-gain the Hindu power bank.

Narendra Modi is playing his cards cautiously at every international forum to dismantle the approach, narrative, and reach of the international community in order to avoid any profound actions taken by international media in highlighting the ongoing Kashmir crisis. In a recent statement, Prime Minister Imran Khan categorically mentioned the double standards of international media in highlighting the Kashmir crisis.

Pakistani nation stands firm in the support of Kashmiri people who have been denied humanitarian access by the BJP government. It was Pakistan’s vigorous diplomatic efforts that led to the successful launch of protests at various international humanitarian support platforms. International media was brought to the affected areas of Line of Control (LOC) to witness the brutality of Indian armed forces in the form of cease-fire violations. Whereas, the Indian government’s denial to allow US Senator Chris Van Hollen to visit the Indian occupied valley is the height of bigotry. It predicts a lethal and non-compliant state behaviour against international norms.

The people of Indian occupied Kashmir are striving for freedom and justice. They are being crippled by the Indian forces and have become victims of Indian state violence. After Burhan Wani, a new passion and struggle for Kashmir freedom has become a basic norm for every Kashmiri individual. Under the amended constitutional cover, the Indian government is adamant at bringing major demographic changes that could alter the traditional identities of the Kashmiri people. With curfew still in place and human rights violations continuously being witnessed, the situation in occupied Kashmir is a predicament of new security threats hovering for regional and international peace.

India is unleashing its new hybrid war against Pakistan. The most alarming aspect of Indian aggression in occupied Kashmir is the rise of some ‘lethal elements’ that can be hijacked by other adversaries working against the interests of Pakistan. The possibilities of direct Indian intervention in Azad Kashmir and Gilgit Baltistan can prove to be catastrophic for both nuclear neighbors. Although after the UN Security Council session on Kashmir, it seems international players are still ignoring the sensitivity of the conflict. Some of the US politicians do agree with Pakistan’s narrative but there should be a comprehensive roadmap for the resolution of Kashmir conflict.

At the regional level, China can play a role in the settlement of the Kashmir dispute. In recent statements, the Chinese officials stated that the current Indian move is unacceptable for China. Moreover, China has extended its support to Pakistan in defending the “legitimate rights and interests” in the Kashmir region. China itself is not ignoring the Ladakh region where India has laid a new foundation for future policy imperatives.

Though the United Nations Security Council has passed several resolutions, in which only one thing is discussed: “Kashmiris’ right to self-determination”; however, the panacea for the Kashmir conflict is still undefined. The international community and different regional organizations should consider the ever-evolving security situation in Indian occupied Kashmir by showing seriousness towards the resolution of this conflict. Unfortunately, if the indigenous movement by naïve Kashmiri people enters a new phase, then the world may witness unimaginable catastrophes.