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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(By Omar Khorharudin)

Kashmiris today are fond of drawing comparisons between their recent history and that of the Palestinians. Pictures of Kashmiri kids stoning Indian forces in a three decades old uprising that has come to be known as the ‘Kashmiri Intifada’ have played a part in this growing affinity with the Palestinian struggle for freedom against Israel.

However, not many people, and one could include here the majority of Kashmiris as well, appreciate how the parallels in our two nations’ histories run deeper than even these images would lead us to believe. »

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Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai

Washington, November 10 (KMS): The fundamental need and urgency for self-determination in South Tyrol, when compared with that of Kashmir today, might raise some questions as to what possible similarities they have. South Tyrol is now Europe’s largest producer of apples, a major exporter of cheese, with world-class ski resorts in the Alps. An Italian province at the very northern edge of Italy where it borders Austria. South Tyrol is the richest district of Italy and enjoys almost full sovereignty as an autonomous state, with only 10% of its taxes being contributed to the national Italian budget. »

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Muhammad Raza Malik

Background

The saga of the sufferings of the people of occupied Kashmir started with the landing of Indian troops in Srinagar on October 27 in 1947. India occupied the territory of Jammu and Kashmir against the people’s aspirations and in total disregard to the Indian Independence Act and Partition Plan. The Kashmiris consider the 27th October as the darkest day in the history of Jammu and Kashmir and observe it as a Black Day.

As per the Partition Plan of 3rd June 1947, passed by the British Parliament on July 18, the same year, the British Government announced to divide its Indian Colony into two sovereign states – India (comprising Hindu-majority areas) and Pakistan (consisting of Muslim-majority areas of Western provinces and east Bengal). At the time of partition of the Indian subcontinent, although over 550 Princely States had become independent but they were given the choice to accede either of the two newly-formed countries. Jammu and Kashmir, with 87% Muslim population, had a natural tendency to accede to Pakistan. »

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Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai

Washington, October 20 (KMS): Human rights work in tandem with Kashmir peace initiatives. The two do not war with one another. The idea that suppression of human rights promotes peace is discredited by all history, including that of Kashmir. The denial of freedom of speech, association, religion, due process, equal justice, and self-determination in Kashmir has sabotaged peace, not boosted its chances. Ditto in the past for East Timor, Slovenia, Croatia, Bosnia, Macedonia, Kosovo, Southern Sudan and etc. The people of Kashmir no less demand dignity and respect than do other peoples.

History should not imprison the future, but neither can it be ignored in assessing the justice and morality of aspirations. A brief chronicling of Kashmir’s history will enlighten understanding of its current plight and viable solutions. »

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