Kashmir is a nation of peace love compassion and tolerance but its rulers always misread them.
The recent Shopian killing of young promising Kashmiris at the binging of this year is the most tragic incident in many ways. Unarmed youth killed for no fault except they might have expressed their anger like any other youth of their age would have certainly conveyed under such circumstances. Bullets killed some boys instantly others got maimed and died an excruciating death and the youngest one died of remains of the bloody conflict. He too died a painful death no one would ask even for his worst enemies. This trail of deaths for the last many years has given an entirely different dimension to a conflict that by all standards was political in nature and even now requires only political approach and intervention to resolve it in the best interest of all stakeholders. But this political approach will hold good only when everyone accepts the ground reality in the right context and will act compassionately towards a nation that has never enjoyed correct governance for centuries.“Government forces continue to commit serious violations of humanitarian law in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir. Between 350,000 and 400,000 army and paramilitary forces are deployed in Jammu and Kashmir.
The Muslim majority population in the Kashmir Valley suffers from the repressive tactics of the security forces.Unusany pleasure* the Jammu and Kashmir Disturbed Areas Act, and the Armed Forces (Jammu and Kashmir) Special Powers Act, both passed in July 1990, security forces personnel have extraordinary powers, including authority to shoot suspected lawbreakers and those disturbing the peace, and to destroy structures suspected of harboring militants or arms.”The death of innocent people on the borders and other collateral damage never gives us any pleasure. We feel for all other sufferers like we mourn our own miseries. Kashmiris are a nation of peace, love, compassion and tolerance but its rulers always misread them. Time has come that we all stand and firmly stand for a situation where not only our younger generation have a bright future but the whole subcontinent is saved from the looming clouds of death and destruction. And give humanity a fair chance!. ‘For God’s sake stop innocent killings in Kashmir’ … Kashmiri people remain under a risk of being killed during a peaceful demonstration, suspicion killings, stage encounters or fake encounters.Human rights abuses have been a part of the campaign of the Indian army against Muslim Kashmiris, particularly after 1990. The oppression has been manifested in the following types of human rights abuses: “disappearances”, torture, rape and molestation of Muslim women.Below are incidents from Amnesty International, a worldwide human rights movement independent of any government, political ideology, economic interest or religion, the Kashmir Quarterly, a publication of the Kashmiri-Canadian Council, and United States Department of State human rights reports. Other sources have occasionally been used as well.
The report asked the government to look into need for revoking of AFSPA and PSA but no such steps were taken. In contradiction to that, after 2016 agitation hundreds of youth were booked under PSA. Not only youth, aged men have been imprisoned under this black law. Even people from professions like teaching, journalism etc. have not been spared .AFSPA continues to be the “license to kill” and tool of state abuse, oppression and discrimination, allowing the members of Armed forces to perpetrate abuses with impunity. Hence for people of Kashmir, announcing Dinesh Sharma as interlocutor is not going to make any difference. People of Kashmir believe when previous interlocutors couldn’t persuade the government even to revoke draconian laws, declared as illegitimate by Human Rights watch and other human right organizations, how newly appointed can resolve long standing Kashmir dispute. People ask what is unknown about Kashmir conflict that interlocutor now wants to know, plus it is well established fact that no such dialogue would work in which all the stakeholders are not involved. India, that terms Kashmir as bilateral issue on international forums cannot neglect role of Pakistan as party to Kashmir. Similarly, ignoring the resistance leadership who are having massive support makes dialogue a futile exercise. Also, the recent statement of BJP leader about interlocutor, in which he described him “special representative and not interlocutor”, has made people to pre-judge that this initiative wouldn’t bear fruit and consider it headline- management exercise.
Shahid Majeed Mir hails from Misribehak Machil Kupwara and can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org