Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai

The people of Kashmir are observing October 27 as the day of grief, sorrow and above all a day of occupation because it was on this day in 1947 that India sent its army to occupy the land of Kashmir without the  consent of its people and in defiance of international norms. So the occupation of Kashmir happened 72 years ago when Indian troops invaded Kashmir under the auspices of a fraudulent Instrument of Accession. British historian, Alaister Lamb has convincingly demonstrated that the Instrument was bogus as an original has never been found, and there is no plausible explanation for a disappearance of an original had it ever existed.

The people of Kashmir are constantly reminded of the fact that it was in 1948 & 1949 that the United Nations adopted resolutions that clearly states that the people of Kashmir have the right to determine their own future through a free and impartial vote. They ask the United Nations to follow through on its commitment given to the people of Kashmir. 

We must mention here that, by no stretch of the imagination, can the situation in Kashmir be treated as India’s internal matter, as India argues. Kashmir is recognized as a disputed territory under international law and the United Nations bears the responsibility of preventing the massive violations of human rights that are being committed by the Indian occupation regime. The movement in Kashmir is not secessionist because Kashmir cannot secede from India to which it has never acceded to in the first place. Nor is the Kashmir conflict a territorial dispute between India and Pakistan; it involves not an undemarcated boundary between the two states but the life and future of 23 million people of Kashmir.

We must mention here that even by today’s violent world, the behavior of the Indian occupation regime in Kashmir is singular in as much as it has enjoyed total immunity. Not a word of condemnation has been uttered at the important capitols of the world, not even a call on India to cease and desist from its near- genocidal campaign. This is not merely a case of passivity and inaction; in practical effect, it amounts to an abetment and encouragement of murderous tyranny. If tyranny is not condoned inside the territory of a member state of the United Nations, is there not greater reason for the United Nations to intervene when the territory is one whose disposition is to be determine through a free and fair vote under the impartial auspices of the world organization.

We are dismayed by the lack of action by the world powers to help stop the carnage in Kashmir and by their virtual indifference to the situation in our land. The disparity between their inaction and their repeated assertion that the protection of human rights and encouragement of democratic solutions are their major foreign policy goals is hard for us to understand. Nevertheless, we still have confidence that they will realize that what is  at stake in the dispute is not only the survival of the people of Kashmir , but peace in the populous region of South Asia and also the basis of a civilized worldview.

It is commonly acknowledged that, with India and Pakistan both being nuclear weapon states directly confronting each other, the dispute is potentially the most dangerous in the world. It is a fact that India’s illegal military occupation of Kashmir has already sparked two wars between India and Pakistan, and a third could occasion a harrowing exchange of nuclear volleys between South Asian nations.

This, we believe should awaken the international community to the urgency of resolving the long outstanding Kashmir conflict through the international mediation. President Trump should exert its considerable power of persuasion to mediate a peaceful conclusion of the Kashmir conflict with India, Pakistan and Kashmiri leadership. Bilateral talks over Kashmir between India and Pakistan have proven sterile for 72 years and nothing in that dismal equation has changed. It should, therefore, be a major interest for the world powers to prevent this dispute from exploding into a conflict, which can be catastrophic for a large portion of the human race.

It is symptomatic of the United Nations approach that greater emphasis is placed on the reduction of tensions rather than on the settlement of the core issue, i.e., Kashmir. This encourages giving importance to superficial moves and temporary solutions even though it is known that such moves and solutions do not soften the animosity of the parties nor allay the life-and-death concerns and anxieties of the people most directly affected.

We, therefore, urge the  Secretary General of the United Nations, indeed to intensify, its watch over the situation in Kashmir. We trust that his personal involvement in this matter will bring its influence to bear on all parties concerned to initiate a peace process with which the United Nations as well as the leadership of the people of Jammu & Kashmir will be associated so as to ensure that the settlement arrived at will be based on the principles of justice. KMS

Syed Salahuddin appeals to govt of Pakistan being recognized party in Kashmir dispute should enter its armed forces in Kashmir

MUZAFFARABAD, Oct 27 : Chairman United Jihad Council Syed Salahuddin has appealed to the government of Pakistan being the recognized party in the Kashmir dispute should enter its armed forces in Kashmir and should not restrict its role to political and diplomatic support while arming the Kashmiri freedom fighters and Kashmiris masses on both sides of the Kashmir. He said that if the matters will remain restricted to the politics and diplomacy then humanitarian crisis could emerge in Kashmir and the results of this will be severe from every aspect. Syed Salahuddin said that the blood of the martyrs will bring fruits and Kashmiris will soon get freedom from the Indian occupation. He said that 27th October 1947 and 5th August 2019 are the worst days of the history of sub-continent, adding that for how long the international community will remain silent spectator.

These views were expressed by the Hizb Chief and Chairman of the United Jihad Council Syed Salahuddin while addressing a high level meeting of the United Jihad Council.

On October 27, 1947, Indian authorities entered its forces on Jammu and Kashmir and occupied the area and through force while seizing the fundamental rights of a peaceful nation and forcing it into forced slavery.

After the illegal occupation, hooligans and terrorists associated with Dogra forces and RSS massacred the Muslims mercilessly and also occupied their properties. Syed Salahuddin said that the Kashmiri nation never accepted this forced slavery and military domination, but for the last 72 years ran the organized resistance movement and India used full military force to crush it. He said that over 500,000 Kashmiris have been martyred as a result of Indian occupation, hundreds and thousands were injured, thousands of women have become widows and hundreds and thousands of children have become orphan.

He said that on August 5, 2019, despite the presence of 8 lakh troops, the Indian extremist leadership while entering further 150,000 troops in occupied Kashmir gave signal of distorting the identity of majority areas of the state.

He said that from last three months the curfew is continued in the occupied Kashmir. He said that along with thousands of Hurriyat workers and leaders, hundreds of pro-Indian Kashmiri leaders have been arrested.

He said that according to independent sources more than 13,000 innocent children have been arrested and abducted and taken to different prisons in India.

The series of arrests and kidnappings continues and at the same time to destroy the state’s economy and education, the Indian army personnel and agents of their agencies have started a series of killing of truck drivers carrying dry fruit out of the state and destruction of educational institutions and allegation of this is leveled against Pakistan and mujahideen shamelessly. He said that it is regrettable that the international forces are silent on the situation.

He also paid rich tribute to the martyrs of the week and expressed the belief that in the result of the sacred blood of the martyrs the liberation of Kashmir is written on the wall and sooner or later this sun will dawn definitely.

Here’s why IS failed to find ground in Jammu and Kashmir

10/27/2019 9 Srinagar: Officials in the Army have explained that it was because the brand of Islam espoused by the IS that does not inspire Kashmiris and secondly, Pakistan, which is the sole propagator and supporter of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir, does not patronize the terror outfit.

The IS claims religious authority over all practitioners of Islam by calling itself a Caliphate.”The IS never found any traction in Jammu and Kashmir,” an Army official said.He elaborated that Kashmiris do not find consonance with the violent brand of Islam propounded by the IS as they believe in a very nuanced version of Islam and are mostly believers of the Sufi ideology.

“Kashmiris are witness to the chaos IS has created in other parts of Asia,” and hence kept distance from the terror outfit as it showed its true colours, the official said.

Another major factor for the IS not being able to find a foothold in Jammu and Kashmir is that Pakistan does not support this terror outfit. In Jammu and Kashmir, no terror outfit can survive without Pakistan’s active support, logistical and financial.

To highlight this fact, the Army official referred to Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), which was initially propped up by Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI) and then left in the lurch as it propounded the cause of eindependence’ of Jammu and Kashmir and not merger with Pakistan, like other terror outfits, including the Hizbul Mujahideen, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Jaish-e-Mohammad.

The JKLF, which began as a militant group in the 1988, has been reduced to a political entity since the mid-90s with one of its founders, Yasin Malik, now jailed in Tihar in a terror-funding case.

“JKLF was supported by Pakistan for building a pro-independence movement in Jammu and Kashmir. Once that objective was met, Pakistan snuffed the life out of JKLF. In addition, other terror outfits actively resisted the ISIS from building a base in Jammu and Kashmir,” said another official.

A source in the Army intelligence said there were attempts by Zakir Musa, who broke away from Hizbul Mujahideen to form the radical Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind after the death of Burhan Wani in 2016, but he too was eliminated in an encounter with security forces in South Kashmir in May this year.”There had been attempts by Musa and his group too to spread a radical and violent form of Islam in the valley,” said the source.

Musa’s second-in-command Hamid Lelhari, who was carrying forward the ideology of Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind since May this year was killed in an encounter in Awantipora area of the valley on October .”Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind has been wiped out,” Jammu and Kashmir police chief Dilbag Singh said in a press conference in Srinagar on Wednesday.

Jammu And Kashmir: ‘Leave Shopian’, Police to Non-Local Truck Drivers After 5 Deaths in 4 Terror Attcks
October 28, 2019 New Delhi: Days after five non-local people were killed in multiple terror attacks within 2 weeks in south Kashmir, police have asked truck drivers and labourers to leave Shopian. Reports claimed that the authorities have also stopped truck drivers, from the Mughal road to enter Shopian district.
Besides, the police have also notified safe spots for them (Truck drivers) coming to Kashmir to ferry apples. Speaking to leading portal News 18, Sukhdev Singh, a driver from Punjab said,”On Thursday, the police came and told us to leave without loading our consignment.”
Earlier on October 24, the day when the Jammu and Kashmir went to polls for the Block Development Council (BDC), two people were killed and one was left injured when militants opened fire at two trucks near Chitragam of Shopian. Prior to that incident, an apple trader from Punjab was shot dead by militants in Shopian. The truck driver died while his assistant was injured.
On October 16, Sethi Kumar Sagar, a brick kiln worker and resident of Besoli area of Chhattisgarh, was shot dead by terrorists at Nihama area near Kakpora railway station. “We have fanned out teams in various parts to nab the killers,” Director General of Police Dilbagh Singh was quoted as saying by PTI.
In another incident, prior to this, two terrorists, including a suspected Pakistani national, killed an apple truck driver from Rajasthan at Shirmal village of Shopian. The trucker was driving an apple-laden truck and had come to one orchard to collect the consignment.
Notably, the incidents of targeting non-Kashmiri workers in the valley is rising after the post-paid mobile services were restored in Valley, nearly 72 days after the communication was snapped, following the Central government’s decision to abrogate Article 370.
Reacting over these killings, Army Chief General Bipin Rawat asserted that these attacks are an attempt to disrupt resumption of normalcy in Kashmir.

Footpath vendors defy strike call to observe Infantry Day as ‘black day’

Srinagar, October 27: For the first time in three decades, footpath vendors of a flea market here on Sunday defied the strike call to observe October 27 as a ‘black day’ to protest against the 73rd Infantry Day, officials said.

The Infantry Day is celebrated to commemorate the operations launched by the Indian Army on October 27, 1947, to thwart the Pakistani aggression on the State.

It was business as usual in the weekly flea market, which has now become a permanent fixture along the TRC-Batamaloo axis on the Residency Road after the abrogation of Article 370 provisions on August 5, the officials said.

They said some shops were also open in the Regal Chowk and the Residency Road areas till noon, following the new routine of closing the shops in the second half of the day to protest against the revocation of the special status of the state.

While private transport was moving around normally, few cabs could be seen plying the city roads, the officials said.The separatists have been calling for a strike on October 27 every year to protest against the landing of the India Army on the request of then Maharaja Hari Singh of Jammu and Kashmir for fighting the tribal raiders backed by Pakistan.

Although there was no strike call by separatists as most of the secessionist leaders are under detention since August 5, a complete shutdown was expected on Sunday.The efforts of the state government to open schools have not borne any fruit as parents have continued to keep their children at home due to apprehensions about their safety. However, authorities are making preparations for holding all the Board examinations as per schedule.

While landline and post-paid mobile phone services have been restored across the Valley, all Internet services continue to remain suspended since August 5.

Most of the top level and second-rung separatist politicians have been taken into preventive custody, while mainstream leaders, including two former chief ministers—Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti—have been either detained or placed under house arrest.The government has detained former chief minister and sitting Lok Sabha MP from Srinagar Farooq Abdullah under the controversial Public Safety Act, a law enacted by his father and National Conference founder Sheikh Mohammad Abdullah in 1978 when he was the Chief Minister. PTI

PM reaches Rajouri to celebrate Diwali with troops on LoC

Jammu, October 27 : Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in Rajouri district on Sunday to celebrate Diwali with Army troops guarding the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir, officials said.

The Prime Minister’s visit coincided with Infantry Day celebrations, observed to mark the landing of first Indian troops in Jammu and Kashmir in 1947 to push back Pakistan-supported intruders.Modi directly flew to the Army Brigade Headquarters in the border district to interact with the troops deployed along the LoC, the officials said.This is for the third time that the Prime Minister visited Jammu and Kashmir to celebrate Diwali with the troops in the border state since 2014, and first after the abrogation of Article 370 provisions. PTI

UN Rights Experts ‘Concerned’ About Kashmir, But Helpless
US religious freedom official looking into Kashmir
On October 26, 2019 UNITED NATIONS – Human rights experts at the UN Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) are concerned about the Kashmir situation but can have only a limited impact, according to Special Rapporteur Agnes Callamard.
“The situation in Kashmir is a big concern for many of us within Special Procedures. But it is also a situation where we need to recognise that besides keeping the issue on the agenda, and besides denouncing the violation I am not sure that we at this point can be asked to have much more impact than that,” she said on Friday while replying a question at a news conference here.
“It doesn”t meant that we are giving up at all but it does mean that there are a number of actors that are probably better placed than Special Procedures to move the issue to a better situation,” she added.Special Procedures of the OHCHR is the official name for its group of independent human rights experts with mandates over specific topics or areas.
Callamard is the rapporteur on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary executions.She said that during past month or so she communicated with Indian authorities about “killings but also violation of access to information, violation of freedom of expression and so on and so on”.
Responding to a reporter”s question about Kashmir she said: “I am just not sure that at the moment we have the strategic place for an impact on Kashmir. So what we got to do is to keep doing, to keep the issue on the agenda, make sure that we are continuing monitoring the situation, responding to the victims, trying to at least mediate somehow what is being the human cost of the situation.”
Callamard said that she had written to the Indian government giving specific details about victims and their perpetrators, but the quality of responses she received has been “poor” and “further gotten poor after the decision of the Indian government to transform the status of Kashmir”.
Asked about the Terrorist and Disruptive Activities (Prevention) Act (TADA), she said: “I am aware of that, of the legal framework that allows detention without charges and so on and so forth… This has been on our agenda, this has been denounced.”
US religious freedom official looking into Kashmir
US Ambassador for Religious Freedom Samuel Brownback has said that he was looking into the citizenship issue in Assam and the situation in Kashmir and wanted to know more about them before raising it “in a constructive way”.He did not directly respond to a reporter’s questions about the two situations at a news conference on Friday, saying only: “I want to know specifically more in cases like that and that is what we are looking factually into it today.”
“Any time a group of people are identified and then excluded based on faith is a matter of concern to us and to the global religious freedom community,” he said in general terms about Assam citizenship issue.About 1.9 million people in Assam have not been included in the National Register of Citizens for the state that was published in August and they had 120 days to appeal their exclusion.
Many of them are said to be Muslims.Hindus and other minorities like Christians, Sikhs and Buddhists who are not found to be citizens will be eligible for asylum in India.The Pakistani journalist who asked the question said that Muslims were discriminated against.
About the general restrictions in Kashmir impacting people’s ability to pray in mosques, Brownback said: “We believe that people should be allowed to freely practice their faith wherever they are and whoever they all are as long as they are peacefully practising their faith.“That applies everywhere all the time and I will be raising these issues. Again, these are things that we will try to get all the factual setting and then try to raise them in constructive ways whenever we can and however we can.”
Jaishankar holds talks with Kuwait, Bahrain ministers
Baku (Azerbaijan), October 26: External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar on Saturday met his counterparts from Kuwait and Bahrain on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit here and discussed India’s strong bilateral ties with the two Gulf countries.

The two-day 18th NAM summit commenced on Friday, bringing together the heads of 120-member countries. India is a founding member of NAM, which is one of the largest gatherings of world leaders. “Cordial meeting with FM of Kuwait Sheikh Sabah Khaled Al-Hamad Al-Sabah. Deeply value our historical friendship and the strong bilateral relations,” Jaishankar tweeted.

Kuwait has been an important trading partner for India. In 2017-18, Kuwait was the ninth largest oil supplier to India and it meets about 4.63 per cent of India’s energy needs. According to the Indian Embassy in Kuwait, Indian nationals legally residing in the oil-rich country has crossed the 8 lakh mark.There are about 24,000 Indians working for the Kuwaiti government in various jobs such as nurses, engineers in national oil companies and a few scientists.

In another tweet, Jaishankar said, “Great to see FM @khalidalkhalifa of Bahrain. Warm as always.” — PTI

British Indian Groups Condemn Kashmir Protests in London on Diwali as ‘Hinduphobia and Racism’

As part of a counter-campaign, the group said it had hired a digital billboard vehicle to traverse central London streets to spread the “inclusive and universal” message of the festival.

October 27, 2019, London: An umbrella group representing over 100 British Indian organisations on Sunday condemned the “Free Kashmir” demonstration by pro-Pakistani groups, planned to coincide with Diwali, as an act of Hinduphobia and racism.

As part of a counter-campaign, the group said it had hired a digital billboard vehicle to traverse central London streets to spread the “inclusive and universal” message of the festival.

“The fact that this protest is occurring on the same day as Diwali is an act of Hinduphobia and racism,” noted a collective statement issued by the groups.

“It is equivalent to an antisemitic group demonstrating on the holy day of Hannukkah or an anti-Muslim group demonstrating on Eid. This is why many British Indian individuals and community groups are upset,” it said, welcoming London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s call for the protesters to cancel their plans.

“This request was refused. The Pakistani demonstration is trying to divide people in the UK, especially on religious grounds. Instead of the nuanced debate needed on Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh, they are inciting religious and ethnic hatred on the streets of London by hijacking the festival of Diwali,” the statement said.

The message hit social media as a number of pro-Pakistani and separatist groups plan to kickstart a march across Parliament Street as part of the so-called “Free Kashmir” protest held annually on October 27, as the “Black Day” when Indian troops allegedly entered the then princely kingdom of Kashmir in 1947.

Following widespread concerns raised across the board, including in the House of Commons, Scotland Yard had imposed strict restrictions on the route of the march to deny permission for it to culminate before the Indian High Commission in London.

The Metropolitan Police imposed the pre-event conditions under Sections 12 and 14 of the UK Public Order Act, which refer to preventing serious disruption to the community, and warned that failure to adhere to the conditions could lead to arrest and prosecution.

“We understand that this is a significant anniversary date for those protesting, and also recognise this falls on the important Hindu festival of Diwali. My intention on the day will be to balance the rights of those protesting with those who may be affected by it. We will take all necessary steps to prevent crime and disorder,” said Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner Matt Twist, the Gold Commander in charge of the policing operation.

Twist reiterated this message in a reply to Pakistani-origin peer, Lord Nazir Ahmed, who is one of the key organisers of the protest and had called for the restrictions to be lifted in a letter to the Met Police.In his reply, Commander Twist said, “To be clear I have not in any way sought to ban the pro-Kashmiri protest. In order to minimise serious disruption to the community, I have asked for the pre-event conditions. This has only been done to ensure we correctly balance the rights of those who want to protest, with those in wider London who may be disproportionately affected by the serious disruption it would cause.”

The Indian High Commission in London had issued a diplomatic “note verbale” seeking appropriate safety measures following clashes involving similar protesters, which had caused damage to India House on August 15 during Indian Independence Day celebrations.The restricted route prevents the protesters from assembly anywhere near the Indian mission in Aldwych and must culminate at Trafalgar Square instead.

The organisers of the protest march, including groups such Muslim Action Forum, World Muslim Federation, Pakistan Patriotic Front, Overseas Pakistan Welfare Council, had expressed their anger at the restrictions and even threatened court action.

According to the Met Police details on the permissions sought for the proposed march, an estimated 5,000-10,000 protesters are expected to turn out for the march from across the UK. The London Mayor has pledged a “robust” policing plan to deal with any violence or breaches of the strict conditions imposed on the protesters.

Exiled Kashmiri activist exposes Pakistan’s duplicity on Kashmir
Oct 28, 2019, Canada/ CALGARY: The exiled chairman of the United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP), Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri has lambasted Pakistan for its duplicity over Kashmir issue and promoting terrorism in the region.
While addressing the Kashmiri community here over the current situation in the region, Shaukat reminded the gathering of the fact when Pakistani forces and tribal militias invaded Jammu and Kashmir in 1947.
Shaukat said: “We have to rethink as to why the land of Pakistan occupied Kashmir failed to accept us since after 1947. It is because a large number of women here were kidnapped. Children were massacred and a large number of people were burnt alive in their houses. But, we never demanded an apology. No one raised a question and when someone tried to raise it, we targeted him by our backward thinking”.
Since its illegal occupation, Islamabad has used the territory of PoK for its proxy war against India. It has given shelter and training to several terrorist groups that affect common Kashmiri people.
“I used to tell people that terrorism, communalism, and extremism will take away your identity and humanity. When we use to criticize this, they call us anti-Islam. Now, the situation is that people like Hafiz Saeed, who they use to praise and call as the champion of Difa-e-Pakistan, have been declared as terrorists by them,” Shaukat said.
“We use to call outfits like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen as major obstacles for the rights of Kashmiris, but everybody failed to believe us. Now, the United States, the United Nations, and even Pakistan have declared them as terrorists,” he added.Shaukat also hit out at Pakistan for not giving equal rights to the people of PoK and Gilgit Baltistan.
“If we want to work for the betterment of our people, then we should raise a demand from Pakistan to form a representative government in PoK and Gilgit Baltistan, where an assembly member should have the right to form legislation,” he said.
“Our assembly members even don’t have the right to constitute laws. Our judiciary does not have the right to ensure freedom of expression. We can’t take any case to the High Court or the Supreme Court,” the exiled activist said.He said that Pakistan is exploiting the natural resources in PoK, which have severe environmental effects.
“Pakistan calls PoK as a disputed territory, but recently it has diverted the flow of two rivers- Neelam and Jhelum- which has severe environmental effects. The locals protested for over six months, but none of the Pakistanis joined them to be part of their concerns”, said Shaukat.He also highlighted the human rights violations in Pakistan and many other Islamic states.
“If you look at all Muslim states in the world – be it Syria, Iraq, Saudi Arabia, Yemen, Turkey, Pakistan or Iran – name any country which has given the right of self-determination in the 21st century. Every country in the world works for the social upliftment of the deprived people. However, in Muslim countries, they work on the basis of division among communities, their sects, and ethnic identities,” he said.”A large number of Pashtuns and Baloch are languishing in jails. As per the United Nations Human Council Reports, Turkey and Pakistan have a maximum number of enforced disappearances cases,” he added.

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