Islamabad, March 08 (KMS): The threat of a nuclear war between Pakistan and India is not yet over and will continue to loom unless both countries address the core issue of their conflict – Kashmir, cautioned an editorial in The New York Times.

The editorial, which was published on Thursday, noted that though the recent escalation between the nuclear-armed neighbours in the aftermath of the Pulwama attack – that took place last month in occupied Kashmir’s Pulwama district and killed over 40 Indian soldiers – had simmered down, the threat of another serious confrontation could not be ruled out until both countries make serious efforts to resolve the Kashmir dispute. »

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Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani

Indian government has banned Jamaat-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir (Indian administered) for five years. This socio-religious organization has been banned a third time by BJP government in power in Delhi. The JI was first banned in 1975 during the emergency for opposing the Indira-Abdullah accord and second time in 1990. The second ban was revoked in 1993 by the P.V. Narasimha Rao headed Congress government.

JI runs around 500 schools and orphanages, where more than five lakh children are enrolled. At least 100 Jamaat activists and leaders including its chief Dr Hameed Fayaz have been arrested. Properties of scores of Jamaat leaders have been sealed by the police on the directions of deputy commissioners of various districts of Kashmir in the wake of New Delhi’s ban order. »

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Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani

Government in New Delhi has a strong contingent of Hindu Mahasabha members. This Militant Hindu organization, organised a Martyrs’ Day on 30 August 1947 in Delhi. A leaflet of the organization titled “Remember the 30th of August 1947”, advised its members as follows:

“When you have to observe ‘Martyrs’ Day’, the day should begin with the mass murder of Muslims, children and women alike. Forcible occupation of Muslim buildings should be your objective. Set fire to Muslim mohallas’ (quarter of the town) “but beware that fire does not spread to Hindu and Sikh localities”. (Source 228th Meeting of UN Security Council – Speech by Sir Zafrullah Khan 17 January 1948). »

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Brussels, February 23 (KMS): The European Union and South Asia Centre for Peace and Human Rights (SACFPHR) organised a roundtable on the victims’ evidence on gross human rights violations as articulated in the UN report and the formation of Europe-wide network of Kashmiri youth in the European Parliament.

The roundtable was organized under the sponsorship of MEP Julie Ward (Chair APKG) with the support of MEP Buchner, MEP Goerens and International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM) and in association with International Council on Human Rights (ICHR) – Kashmir Union. MEP Julie Ward was joined among others by MEP Theresa Griffins.

The roundtable was a follow-up on the European Parliament’s Sub-Committee for Human Rights debate and discussion on the UN Report which was conducted under the chairmanship of MEP Panzari, Chair of the Committee. »

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Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani

Pakistan is a nuclear state. It has cancelled out the threat of Indian size, military might and nuclear reach once for all. Unless Indian leaders decide to consign their cities and people to history books, there would be no war. Indian Government is engaged in a war with the people of Indian administered Valley for the last 27 years. During these years these forces have killed a generation of the Muslims of Kashmir valley.

UN report has estimated that there are 500,000 to 700,000 Indian soldiers in the Valley. The number is aided and assisted by special laws and now a “Strong State Doctrine” has been put in place to use brute force and kill as many Kashmiris as possible. United Kingdom Expert on the Sub Commission of Human Rights in Geneva moved a resolution against violation of human rights in Indian administered Kashmir E/CN.4/Sub.2/1997/L.21 on 15 August 1997 and reminded the world that United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland had left in the sub-continent traditions of, imperialism towards peoples and their territories, harsh military suppression of dissent combined with sweeping special emergency powers, reactionary penal laws, double standards in human rights and rule of law, unwillingness and a degree of inability to undertake real reforms and exploitation. »

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Dr Syed Nazir Gilani

Islamabad, January 02 (KMS): This piece is my first contribution in the New Year. It would be proper to wish peace, honour and dignity to all in the world. People living in the Valley of Kashmir have very little to celebrate. Every tool is used by Modi government to humble, dishonour and control them against their free will. We on this side of the cease fire line don’t have much to offer them. We have the opportunity to tell the story to the world. It needs the right narrative to give meaning to the suffering.

It is just seventh month since UN published its 14 June 2018 report on “The human rights situation in Kashmir”, that on 26th December 2018 Yashwant Sinha a senior Indian politician has revealed in an “Off the Cuff with Yashwant Sinha” programme organised by a leading media group revealed that Modi Government, has abandoned the Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s policy of “Consensus, Democracy and Insaniyat” in favour of a “Strong State” policy in Kashmir, which means “use of brutal force to kill as many as you can”. »

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Dr Syed Nazir Gilani

Islamabad, December 28 (KMS): Bharatiya Janata Party made a maiden entry in the state government of Indian controlled (occupied) part of Kashmir in March 2015, when it struck an Alliance with PDP. On 20 June 2018, BJP decided to pull out of the Alliance and the State was placed under Governor’s Rule with immediate effect. This was the fourth time in the last 10 years that the Governor’s Rule was imposed in Jammu andKashmir.

As part of its planning BJP precipitated a collapse of law and order in the disputed part of the State and moved into a commanding position by declaring Presidential Rule in the State. It took effect from mid night of 19 December 2018. The dubiously elected legislature and the Government have now been replaced by a direct rule from Delhi. »

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Dr Syed Nazir Gilani

Islamabad, December 25 (KMS): In early 1990s former High Commissioner in London Syed Wajid Shams ul Hassan, invited me and Dr. Ayub Thakur to meet Yasser Arafat Chairman of the Palestine Liberation Organization in London. It was an exclusive and a private meeting. Towards the end I asked Yasser Arafat, “Chairman, when we leave this room, what advice do you have for us to give to our people”?

Yasser Arafat was swift and said, “My advice to you is make all efforts to save your youth” I interjected and sought to dilate upon his statement. He added, “I have just come from Delhi.” He did not add any more and we left the room, disturbed and distraught. »

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Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani

UN High Commissioner’s June 2018 report on Human Rights situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir, is first major UN interest in Kashmir. It has exploded the myth that India is unaccountable and unassailable in its human rights record. People of Kashmir should not subscribe to any such narrative that the world has been overtaken by economic interests and power politics and turn a blind eye to human suffering. We need to perfect our art of storytelling.

Prima facie it may look like that, but the regular defeat of USA, Israel and a few countries in the General Assembly vote on Palestine, the establishment of UN Investigation Commission to investigate the war crimes in Gaza, establishment and extension of a UN Investigation Commission to investigate the war crimes in Yemen and UN Special Rapporteur’s report on the Poverty in Great Britain and Northern Ireland, are examples that prove otherwise. »

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Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani

A debate around Kashmir in India, in Pakistan and Kashmiri circles has never abated. If we had invoked the arbitration clause, India had no exit ramp. It is generally said that UN Security Council Resolutions are under Chapter VI and therefore are only recommendations. This is not true. Article 1 (2) of UN Charter on “equality of people and right of self-determination” and the jurisprudence of investigation of the Kashmir situation by UNCIP, its reports, reports by UN representative for India and Pakistan and debates at the UN Security Council, perfects the interpretation in our favour.

Kashmir case involves, “international peace and security” and at the same time “equality of people and right of self-determination”, of the people. The two components do not stay in Chapter VI, but cross over into Chapter VII and other chapters as well. »

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