Altaf Hussain Wani

The gruesome killing of an unarmed civilian in front of his grandson by the Indian Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) on 1st July 2020 in Sopore, north-west of Srinagar, has shocked the world. The images of a shell-shocked, speechless toddler lying on the chest of his dead grandfather were heartbreaking.

This barbaric murder by the Indian occupation forces triggered widespread condemnation and protests by residents and members of civil society from Indian Occupied Kashmir. They continue to plead for justice and an end to the state-sponsored violence which has been a hallmark of the Indian occupation.

The July 01 incident is just a tip of the iceberg. There are scores of such heart-wrenching incidents of state-sponsored violence against Kashmiris during the decades of conflict. Media sanctions imposed by the Indian authorities and the absence of social media, prevents incidents of violence gaining international attention and a cumulative humanitarian response. »

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Altaf Hussain Wani

Islamabad, June 30 (KMS): COVID-19 has swept across the world leaving very few countries unscathed. Even the most powerful nations with robust economies, state of the art technology and up-to-date healthcare systems have been left in chaos in the face of the pandemic.

Declaring a global pandemic on 11 March 2020, WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, said, “Coronavirus disease (COVID-19) continues to constitute a public health emergency of international concern with the potential of causing large scale deaths worldwide.” »

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The gradual encroachment on Kashmiri rights and growing prospect of colonisation could set the region on fire

Anuradha Bhasin
Executive Editor Kashmir Times

Indian paramilitary soldiers stand guard on a road in Srinagar, Indian controlled Kashmir on May 6, 2020 [AP/ Dar Yasin]For more than 70 years, Kashmiris have lived with the dread of the Indian government changing the demography and special status of Indian-administered Kashmir, which was till recently Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) state. Deemed preposterous and exaggerated at one time, these anxieties have now become completely justified and have even deepened. »

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Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai

On behalf of the people of Jammu & Kashmir, we American citizens of Kashmiri origin, offer you our sincere congratulations on your election to the august office of the President of the United Nations General Assembly. If the people of Indian occupied Kashmir had the freedom to express their sentiments, you would no doubt have heard their loud rejoicing at the fact that the distinguished representative of brotherly country – Turkey – is presiding over the parliament of nations, this year.

In saying this, we are by no means unmindful of the fact that, in your capacity as President of the General Assembly, you have to be impartial between member states and perceived to be so. It is, therefore, on the ground of the recognized principles of the Charter of the United Nations and the respect for international agreements and for the resolutions of the Security Council that we approach you with the appeal that you exercise your good offices to mediate between Pakistan and India for promoting a solution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the resolutions of the Security Council. »

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Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani
India has raised the ante in Kashmir. Doordarshan and All India Radio (private channels to follow) have started from 8 May 2020, to telecast and broadcast temperatures and weather reports of Indian towns and cities including “Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit” as a feed from The North Western Division of Indian Meteorological Department (IMD). DD News and All India Radio will include “Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit” in their prime time news bulletins at 8.55am and 8.55pm weather reports, as part of their claim on these areas of Azad Kashmir.

IMD move to include “Mirpur, Muzaffarabad and Gilgit” in their weather bulletin is a disturbing tactical move, on the top of a strategic move of 5 August and 31 October 2019. India has started selling to its people, that the large Indian army has the chin to take any loss of life of its armed forces in Kashmir.

Loss of life in the households of Kashmir is far different in character. The youth are prepared to lead into the next generation and killing of a Kashmiri youth is slowly killing the right of ‘self-determination’. Do we need to sit and watch for the chain actions of Indian Government, that started on 5 August 2019, let it hold the Valley under lock and allow its army to roam free to pick up and kill Kashmiri youth at will? The answer should be no! »

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Dr Syed Nazir Gilani

Change is inevitable. The harbinger of change has to be smart, timely and on the lookout. This time around in the United Kingdom, there has been a change in Labour leadership and Sir Keir Rodney Starmer KCB PC QC, has replaced Jeremy Corbyn as Labour leader. He identifies himself as a socialist and defender of human rights everywhere. He has claimed in his letter to Hindu Forum Britain (HFB), “I have fought all my life against injustices and to defend human rights”. Be it so.

Muslims in general and Kashmiri community living in Britain in particular have a cause to force a correction on the new Labour leader in regard to his failure to understand and appreciate the Kashmir Question correctly and address the Human Rights situation in Indian occupied Kashmir, at least in the manner, as addressed in the three report of the United Nations.

Hindu Forum Britain has remained on the look out and has squeezed a shift in labours policy on Kashmir and a rare admission of ‘Hinduphobia’ and racism suffered by a ‘peaceful and loyal’ Hindu community of millions living in the United Kingdom. HFB leadership has been able to further wrench a drop of gratitude from the Labour leader, to India for selling the much needed “PARACETAMOL during this difficult time”. It is for the first time that ‘Hinduphobia’ has been introduced in the British political vocabulary. »

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Dr Syed Nazir Gilani

Times have changed. So have inter-communal reflexes in the Indian sub-continent. In 1936 Jawaharlal Nehru wrote in his autobiography, “We were Kashmiris. Over two hundred years ago, early in the eighteenth century, our ancestor came down from that mountain Valley to seek fame and fortune in the rich plains below. Those were the days of the decline of the Moghal Empire after the death of Aurungzeb and Farrukhsiar was the emperor”.

Jawaharlal Nehru wrote his autobiography in 1936 and admitted that his Kashmiri ancestor came to India 200 years ago, that should have been somewhere in 1736. Syed Ruhollah Musavi Khomeini, Sir Allama Muhammad Iqbal and many others took pride in their Kashmiri ancestry. Nehru in particular courted arrest at Kohala on his way to Srinagar to defend Sheikh Abdullah in the sedition case brought against him by the Maharaja of Kashmir. »

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Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani

Articles 3, 4, 5 and 6 of UN Charter describe the manner in which a country could seek membership of the United Nations and the organization could suspend a country from the exercise of the rights and privileges of membership or for a persistent violation of the Principles contained in the Charter, could be expelled from the UN by the General Assembly upon the recommendation of the Security Council. The interpretation of membership and expulsion is explicit and simple.

India moved to the United Nations Security Council in 1948 against Pakistan in reference to Jammu and Kashmir. India again moved to UN Judicial Body International Court of Justice (ICJ) in May 2017 and challenged Pakistan, on a military court decision against Kulbhushan Jadhav, convicted for espionage and terrorism in Pakistan. Can Pakistan or any other member of the United Nations seek Security Council or ICJ reference against India? The answer is a positive yes. »

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Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani
Difficult times for the locked down people in Indian administered Jammu and Kashmir (now re-occupied) are not over. Bad times have just begun. The situation was different until 4 August 2019. We had been raising the human rights situation at the United Nations Human Rights Council, previously Commission and the Sub Commission. Indian actions of 5 August and 31 October, have thrown Government of Pakistan, Government of Azad Kashmir, the people of Kashmir and all others off balance.

Government of India is pursuing with rigour and method, a policy to grab the Kashmiri land and settle non State Subjects, in order to hurt the Muslim majority and the outcome of any future Plebiscite in Kashmir. In this regard President of India has signed Jammu Kashmir Reorganisation Act 2019. Does it mean anything? The answer is de facto yes and de jure no.

The State currently functions as three administrative units. Any such effort in a part of Kashmir has no merit. It is a gross violation of Indian obligations agreed as a member State of UN and as under UN SC Resolutions. India has come into conflict with the people of Kashmir, Government of Pakistan and the United Nations. »

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Dr. Syed Nazir Gilani

Indian State has scattered the ashes of its constitution in Ganga after BJP came to power. It believes that it could play monkey with the UN Charter and the two cats losing their bread would not chase it to the cliff. Good meaning secular minded Indians, the Muslim world and the world represented by United Nations failed to realise that the forced cum paid mass conversion of Muslims and Christians to Hinduism named “GHAR WAPSI”, was the beginning of a sinister agenda – the Hindutva.

BJP has trashed the secular soul of Indian constitution. Senior BJP leader Subramanian Swamy told a long-form documentary correspondent Isobel Young, that “Muslims are a different category”, “they are not equal to Hindus”, “they are not equal among equals in Indian constitution”and “any country that has 30% Muslims is in trouble.” Swamy was challenged that it constituted hatred and discrimination against 200 million Muslims and a violation of article 14 of Indian constitution. Subramanian Swamy answered that equality was among equals and Muslims were not equal to Hindus. According to him article 14 of Indian constitution was in line with the Citizenship Bill and the majority in the country supported BJP. In fact BJP had fulfilled one of its election promises. »

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