October 27-Black Day: Human rights’ violations in IIOJK

October 27, 1947 a black day for humanity. The history of human rights’ violations in Indian illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) traced back to the day India landed its troops in Srinagar.

On the one hand, Indian occupational forces fought with the Kashmiri Freedom fighters and pushed them to the other side of the Jhelum River and on the other hand, it broke the mountains of atrocities on the local population. Meanwhile, when Maharaja Hari Singh went to Jammu, a delegation of Muslims there took a complaint to him that the local Sikh and Hindu population is inflicting atrocities on the Muslims. Instead of addressing the grievances, the Maharaja ordered to kill the Muslim delegation.

It should be noted, Prior to the issuance of this order, a large number of Sikh troops from the Sikh states of India adjoining Kashmir were called to Kashmir, who brutally massacred the Muslim population of Jammu in particular. In the series of atrocities on Muslims, during the struggle of Kashmiris for Pakistan’s accession in 1947, more than half a million people were martyred all over Kashmir.

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It is very unfortunate, the situation even in the modern times is not changed. Indian illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir has become a horrifying scene of oppression, where 14, 15, 16 corps of Indian troops are deployed with a total number of more than 9.5 Lac, Who are involved in gross human rights’ violations. Which means an average of one soldier for every 10 Kashmiris.

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It is pertinent to mention here, that the occupied valley is currently the most militarized zone in the world and the occupying forces are inflicting such a story of oppression and barbarism that there is no piece of soil in the valley that does not contain the blood of the martyr. There is no river in which the blood of Kashmiri Muslims does not flow, there is no house in the valley in which no Muslim has been martyred and there is no person alive who has not been tortured by the occupying forces.

While, Under the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, 1958, the security forces have full authority to use any means at their disposal to crush the protesters and suppress the freedom movement. In doing so, no action can be taken against them, no matter how widespread their human rights violations. The act was enacted in occupied Kashmir in 1990, when the armed movement of Kashmiris had reached its peak and the central government had no tactic to crush them.

Interestingly, As usual the implementation of the Act was strongly criticized by international human rights bodies, the United Nations, etc., as it directly empowered military officers to carry out all sorts of activities to ensure the success of their mission and to carry out Central Government orders and Tactics. In this regard, they were protected from all kinds of legal action.

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The most dangerous use of this law was made on February 23, 1991, when the Indian army (mass-raped) more than 100 women of different ages during a one-night search operation in Kunan and Poshpora, two villages in Kupwara district of Kashmir.

Whereas, when I was studying about Kunan and Poshpora incident, I came to know that the number was about 150, according to Human Rights Watch and other human rights organizations.

In this regard, under the pressure from these organizations, the New Delhi regime investigated the incident, but as usual, they kept a blind eye on it and declared it baseless and acquitted the soldiers those were involved.

In fact, for the last 74 years, the Indian forces have been involved in gross human rights violations in occupied Kashmir, and international human rights organizations have reported large-scale violations, but India has always been arrogant.  After every incident, his response has been that it is just a fabricated story or propaganda.

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Interestingly, taking such a stand, India does not even allow international human rights organizations such as Amnesty International and Human Rights Watch to visit occupied Kashmir and observe the situation there.

This attitude of India clearly shows that there are many stories of oppression in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and India does not allow any observer to go to Jammu and Kashmir to cover up the incidents so that its false claims is not opened. But, still Kashmiri the youth through social media, they are trying to make the world aware of the situation and events that have happened to themselves and their nation. It is through social media that India’s darkest and ugliest face can be seen in the meadows and mountains of Jammu and Kashmir with all its ugliness.

However, since August 5, 2019, the worst human rights violations have been going on in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) under the guise of curfew and lockdown. Humans and animals are being mistreated, but that does not mean that Kashmiris are only now demanding an end to curfews and lockdowns. Their demand goes even further and that is complete independence from India.

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In my opinion, Tactics such as curfews, lockdowns, oppression and violence have always been suffered by the people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). Such measures cannot frighten them and force them to give up their demands and mission. Had that been the case, India would not have needed to impose curfew in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

In October 1947, Indian Prime Minister Pandit Jawaharlal Nehru sent a telegram to his Pakistani counterpart, openly announcing that the Kashmir issue would be resolved in accordance with the aspirations and wishes of the Kashmiri people and no one other opinion  in this regard. But, on contrary to that with the passage of time it is proven that, it was a just a hollow statement.  In addition to this, when India took the issue to the UN platform, India reiterated its commitment to the international community that it would take a minute to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspirations and wishes of the Kashmiri people. But, India’s promise has never been fulfilled till date.

Now, on the one hand, the Indian fascist regime has abolished the special status of Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and on the other hand, it continues to break mountains of atrocities on Kashmiris.

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In conclusion, the current situation is very threatening to the world peace. Now a day, extreme wave of atrocities on Kashmiris’ has begun; as habitually Indian occupied forces committing the gross human rights violation form very first day to till date. Recently, in the guise of search operations, lives have become extremely difficult and miserable. Just in the month of October, 2021 so far dozens of Kashmiri youth has been martyred by the Indian occupied forces in fake encounters. According to credible sources, the fascist ruling regime under Hindutva ideology, Once again planning to stage a “false flag operation” against Pakistan to divert the attention of the world community from the worst Human rights situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

The worst human rights violations in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) are on the rise and it is the duty of the international community to take immediate notice of these violations and force India to give Kashmiris their birthright of self-determination. Otherwise, blind eye over Kashmir issue and hollow statements will lead to the greatest debacle in the region.

The World Community must awake before it’s too late!

The Writer is a Freelance Columnist. He writes articles in Urdu and English language at Baaghi TV, Daily Islamabad post especially on IIOJK Affairs and other international Issues. He is pursuing a postgraduate degree in Criminology from UoS, Jamshoro. He can be reached at @MAkhter_ (on Twitter).

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