The UN Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, calling for a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute, on April 27, said that the “will” of Kashmiri people must be respected while finding any resolution of the Kashmir dispute. When asked about the UN position on Kashmir during a press conference in New Delhi, he said, “I hope this issue (Kashmir) is addressed peacefully without violence and respecting will of the people there.”
India’s hegemonic designs have posed a great threat to the peace of entire world. The aggressive approach of New Delhi towards its neighbouring countries and interference in their internal matters is no more a secret.
The recent 17 percent increase in Indian defence budget has send alarm bells ringing amongst its bordering states. The Finance Minister of India, Pranab Mukherjee while presenting the budget in parliament on 16th March said that the allocation was based “on the present needs” and that the government would meet any “further needs for the security of the nation”.
The UN Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights defenders, Margaret Sekaggya, recommending the repealing of black laws, Armed Forces Special Powers Act and Public Safety Act, from occupied Kashmir, has called for prompt, thorough and impartial investigations into the violations committed against human rights defenders in the occupied territory. Sekaggya made the recommendation in her report, which she released after one year of her visit to India and occupied Kashmir from January 10 to 21, 2011, to assess the current situation of human rights defenders. The report said, the lawyers, operating in Jammu and Kashmir, are asked by the authorities whether they are with them or against them adding that six lawyers had been killed in recent years because they were representing victims of human rights violations.
The Human Rights Watch, a New York-based rights watchdog, in its World Report 2012 released on 23rd January, this year, said that India has failed to repeal the widely discredited Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) in occupied Kashmir as well as different Indian states and to hold human rights violators accountable during 2011. The report maintained that the discovery of 2,730 unmarked graves in occupied Kashmir by the Human Rights Commission of the territory was a good first step for providing justice to the victims. It said that many Kashmiris believed that victims of fake encounter killings or enforced disappearances might have been buried in these cavities.
The people of Jammu and Kashmir have been engaged in a peaceful and indigenous struggle for the past over six decades to get freedom from the illegal occupation of their soil by India. They have offered supreme sacrifices and are determined to offer more for the righteous cause.
India has been resorting to the worst kind of brutalities to suppress the Kashmiris' just struggle against its illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir. But despite utilizing all its resources and military might, it has not been able to intimidate the Kashmiri people into submission. Killings, arrests, abduction, molestation of women and other human rights violations by Indian troops have become order of the day in the occupied territory, turning the paradise on earth into a hell for its inhabitants.
The people of Jammu and Kashmir have been facing the worst kind of Indian state terrorism for the past over six decades. Unfortunately, the international community could not play its due role in resolving the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris' aspirations. Even the world's august body, the United Nations Security Council, has failed to implement its resolutions on Kashmir passed several years ago.
The New Delhi-based Asian Centre for Human Rights in its recent report said that minors were being detained without trial as they were not produced before courts in Indian occupied Kashmir. The report maintained that juvenile justice system was rotten in the occupied territory while the minor girls were sent to police lock ups or prisons in absence of a juvenile home for girls. The fact-finding report released by the ACHR after field visits to Srinagar, Budgam, Shopian, Pulwama, Islamabad, Kulgam, Ganderbal and Jammu districts from May to July 2010 followed up by updates said that a large number of children were detained under the draconian law, Public Safety Act, during the mass uprising in 2010. It further pointed out that the minors in pre-trial detention were assumed to be adults and were routinely lodged with adult criminals, placing them at very high risk of abuse, in clear violation of Indian national laws and international human rights standards.
The puppet Chief Minister of occupied Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, on October 21, this year, said that Armed Forces Special Act (AFSPA), a draconian law that provides unbridled powers to Indian troops in Jammu and Kashmir, would be revoked from some areas very soon. However, despite the passage of several weeks the announcement is yet to materialize, ostensibly due to the opposition by Indian army. It seems that the CM had made the declaration without considering the reality that he had no authority to take such a decision.
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