The status of Jammu and Kashmir has been in dispute between India and Pakistan since both became independent in 1947. A U.N. Commission obtained acceptance on January 5, 1949 by both parties of a peace plan involving a cease fire, demilitarization of the state and a plebiscite under the supervision of a U.N. appointed administrator. The Security Council urged that the people of Kashmir will have right of self-determination to decide the future status of their homeland. The resolution was negotiated with both India and Pakistan and accepted by all five members of the Commission, Argentina, Belgium, Columbia, Czechoslovakia and the United States. The cease-fire took effect accordingly, but the plan bogged down when India balked at implementing the demilitarization phase, which envisioned a synchronized withdrawal by the forces of both India & Pakistan. The situation lapsed into a stalemate.
Kashmir is such a dreadful issue that Pakistan and India have fought three wars and both the countries are at the edge of another bloody fight that might bring catastrophe with it and both the countries, will go back to the stone ages. A leading Arab Newspaper “Gulf News” in its recent article alarms that the Kashmir issue would be cause of nuclear war between the two rival countries if it is not addressed soon. The Writer Pankaj Mishra says that in recent weeks, a cover story in the Economist on the world's “most dangerous border” discussed at length the Pakistan's rush to militarize its nuclear capacity, while former US Secretary of State Henry Kissinger warned of a pre-First World War, Balkans-like scenario in South Asia that could lead to a global conflict. The Newspaper says “ Any 'Idiot's Guide to South Asia' will tell you that peace in the region will remain a distant dream until India and Pakistan reach a solution acceptable to Kashmiri Muslims as well as nationalists in both countries. This will initially require, at the very least, India to move its troops out of the Kashmir valley, where during the past two summers hundreds of thousands of Indian soldiers have confronted increasingly nonviolent and overwhelmingly young Muslim protesters.”
The fake encounters and mysterious killing of Kashmiri leaders, intellectuals and civilians including females has become order of the day in occupied Kashmir. The main motive behind such inhuman and cowardly acts is to create fear, confusion and distrust among the Kashmiris engaged in a just struggle for securing their right to self-determination.
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.
In the Indian occupied Kashmir human rights violations by Indian occupation forces is a routine matter. No day passes calmly. Cries, protests and demonstrations by the affected and sufferers are daily news. That is why media both print and electronic gives more attention, space and prominence to these happenings daily.
A Muslim lawyer in India is attacked in High Court for defending terror accused
AS HE headed to work at the High Court on August 12, lawyer Mohammed Shoaib was prepared for trouble. He was already the subject of controversy for representing terror suspects in various courts around Uttar Pradesh, despite pressure from other lawyers across the state to fall in with a blockade against defending them. The pressure intensified after he secured an acquittal for one of his clients this January (the police, red-faced, admitted to a case of mistaken identity). He was even forced to withdraw from a case after an assault on April 5 at the Barabanki court, followed by another at the Faizabad court in May. However, he continued appearing for those on trial at the High Court, and was in the court on the afternoon of August 12 when about 25 lawyers stormed the court house.
It has been a venerable and established speculation among political experts that the world's future wars will be fought over water, not oil. Where the whole world is fortunately lagging a bit behind for entering into this ill-fated era of 'hydrological warfare', it clearly seems that the subcontinent has perhaps surpassed the rest of the world with Indian courtesy. Now it has expediently forced again the region to slip into a new kind of fracas.
The press in India has teased or even irritated the government but has enjoyed freedom. Jawaharlal Nehru, the country's first prime minister, said that the government disliked the liberties taken by the press.
Yet, committed to democratic values as he was, he said: "I would have a completely free press with all the dangers involved in the wrong use of that freedom than a suppressed or regulated press."
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