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5th February translates into an act of promise in which people of Pakistan vow to uphold the right of the people of Jammu and Kashmir to self-determination in conformity to the resolutions of United Nations Security Council calling for impartial and above-board plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir. The commemoration of Kashmir solidarity day is also a message to the International community to fulfil its commitments towards the peaceful resolution of the long-standing core question of Kashmir.
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.
The grant of Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to India by Pakistan is the latest episode in the improving relations between the two nuclear-armed neighbours, and the step is in the right direction on the path, which the two states have treaded since the tragic incident of Mumbai attacks in 2008. Pakistan's decision is an important leap towards normalization of trade ties between the two countries and majority of people on both sides of the border and across the globe has welcomed the step.
Could the latest indication by the Human Rights Commission in occupied Kashmir, demanding re-opening of Kunanposhpora mass rape be reckoned as a good omen for the victims who had been waiting for justice for the last two decades? No I don't think so!
The endless custodial killings and human rights violations in occupied Kashmir have been raised time and again by the international community and human rights organizations like Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch, but all those pleas have fallen on deaf ears, as no practical step has ever been taken by India to stop these abuses and the hollow claims of Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh about 'zero tolerance' seem a far cry.
It has been a mind-boggling scenario for me that most of the terror incidents in India have taken place at crucial times for both India and Pakistan.
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.”
Millions of pages have already been written about the estrangement between Pakistan and India. In the nutshell: the British left the subcontinent in a rush and did not plan the things, as it should have been. The partition plan was devised and based on principles of two-nation theory, which envisaged that there were two nations in the sub-continent, Muslims and Hindus. The partition of subcontinent led to a mass migration (about 10 million people) and more than a million deaths. You can imagine the bad blood and sense of rift that left stains and strains in the relations between the two South Asian neighbours.
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.
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