Archive - 2010
Pakistani leadership engrossed with trivial domestic political considerations, and vested interests, is almost totally oblivious of the happenings across the borders. In fact security of the State is not their concern. This column relates to a machiavellian conspiracy being hatched by India to deflect the ongoing indigenous freedom movement in IHK, cause commotion in AJK and to give a new sinister dimension to its orchestrated propaganda against Pakistan as being a State which harbours terrorism.
January 06: Kashmiri leaders including veteran Hurriyet leader Syed Ali Gilani in their meetings with the visiting members of the European Parliament, in New Delhi, underline the need of the European Union's effective role in resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with Kashmiris' aspirations.
The uprising in Kashmir continues to simmer despite inductions of additional troops rushed by New Delhi to contain the outrage of the Kashmiri youth. The latest outburst of Kashmiris started in early June after the killing of an innocent youth by the Indian troops. This death sparked the Kashmiris' anger on an unprecedented scale. Infuriated people converged in every city town and village to hold protest demonstrations and raise slogans against Indian occupation. Stone pelting groups of youth targeted military vehicles and personnel with unyielding ferocity.
No end seems to be in sight to the killings without compunction and sense of guilt by Indian forces of innocent civilians mostly youth in occupied Kashmir, where 19 persons were shot dead in a single day on September 13, 2010. This carnage once again proved the occupation forces' penchant for spilling the blood of unarmed and undefended people of Kashmir. The casualties took place as a result of indiscriminate firing by troops on demonstrations in various cities triggered mostly by anti-India feelings against occupation of Kashmir and denial of the right to self-determination. The blood bath on September 13 has evoked widespread condemnation throughout the world. Prime Minister of Pakistan Syed Yusuf Raza Gilani urged India to hold talks with the concerned parties, instead of using force against them. “I condemn the killing of Kashmiris by Indian security forces. It must be stopped and the Indian government should hold talks to find a solution to the problem.”
The recent surge in the liberation movement in Indian occupied Kashmir has unnerved India. Despite the killing of over one hundred innocent civilians by Indian police and troops, which started with the murdering of an 11th class student, Tufail Ahmad Matoo in Srinagar on June 11, this year, the movement is gaining momentum with every passing day. Political analysts are of the opinion that, this time around, the Kashmiris would not take respite till they achieve their cherished goal of liberation from India’s illegal occupation of their motherland.
Water is an ambient source, which unlike human beings does not respect boundaries. Water has been a permanent source of conflict between the tribes since biblical times and now between the states. The conflicts are much more likely among those states, which are mainly dependent on shared water sources. The likelihood of turning these conflicts into wars is increased when these countries or states are mainly arid or receive low precipitations. In this situation, the upper riparian states (situated on upper parts of a river basin) often try to maximize water utility by neglecting the needs of the lower riparian states (situated on low lying areas of a river basin).
The Kashmiris have risen up once again to defy India's hegemony and illegal occupation of Kashmir. The uprising began when Indian soldiers martyred a 17-year-old boy during a protest demonstration in Srinagar on June 11.
Hopes were pinned upon the Pak-India Foreign Minister's talks held in Islamabad on July 15, but nothing substantive emerged from the “substantive” talks as anticipated. India sticking to its obdurate stance remained glued to single item agenda of terrorism and trial of Mumbai attack accused.
All Parties Hurriyet Conference Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq struck the chord of imagination of every Kashmiri when he warned that any further delay in resolving the Kashmir dispute could trigger a new wave of unrest in the occupied territory. Mirwaiz who recently visited a number of countries like Saudi Arabia and some world capitals including Geneva asserted at a news conference in Srinagar recently that New Delhi should recognise the demand of self-determination of Kashmiri people and take effective measures to resolve the Kashmir conundrum in an effective manner.
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