Kashmir Solidarity Day
Alam rind


Pakistani’s observe 5th February as a day of solidarity with their Kashmiri brothers. Kashmir day was first proposed by Qazi Hussain Ahmad in 1990. It was to recognize Kashmir as core issue between India and Pakistan and to extent moral support to the people of occupied Kashmir in their struggle for independence from Indian tyranny. The centrality of Kashmir issue from Indo-Pak relations point of view can be gauged from the fact that two countries have fought three wars on the issue. In recent years efforts have been made to defer difficult issues like Kashmir choosing to bridge relations for the better future of the people of Pakistan and India. The underline notion was to get out of the persisting tension prevailing in the relations of the two countries since independence and instead work for the prosperity of the people. 32.7% people of Indians live below poverty line (World Bank-2010) while in Pakistan this figure is about 25%. By that annotation the region has the biggest concentration of poverty stricken people in the world. But the efforts to normalize relations between India and Pakistan once again seems to have fallen victim to India’s unreasonable egoism.

The steps taken in shape of of trade and visa agreements to improve relations between the two countries seems to be rolling back in the aftermath of Line of Control (LoC) skirmishes in Kashmir. The episode started on 6th January 2013 with Indian troops killing a Pakistani soldier. On 8th January, Indians claimed that their two soldiers were attacked and killed by Pakistani troops after crossing into Indian territory and one of the killed soldier was beheaded. These incidents lead to the meeting of Indian Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to discuss the issue. After the meeting, Indian Defense Minister A. K. Antony said, “We are certainly not going to internationalize the issue or allow the United Nations to hold an enquiry. That demand is obviously rejected out of hand.” Refuting Pakistani demand of inquiry by United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP). Instead of rapprochement the matter was further aggravated by the statement Indian Army Chief General Bikram Singh stating that, “The orders are very clear: when provoked, I expect my unit commanders should fire back.” He also said, “We expect our commanders to be aggressive.” The real hype to the whole incident came with the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s assertion on January 15, stating, “After this barbaric act, there cannot be business as usual with Pakistan. What happened at LoC is unacceptable.” That resulted into Indian refused to stamp visas to senior citizens from Pakistan and return of Pakistani hockey players without participating in the tournament. These recent incidents reflect on the fragility of Indo-Pak relations and the centrality of Kashmir dispute.
The border incident echoes Indian highhandedness in resolving disputes with Pakistan. The degree of brutality with which they are suppressing the people of occupied Kashmir far exceeds. That was exposed by the report on Human Rights violation published by All Parties Hurriyet Conference in October 2012. It highlights that from 1989 to 15 October 2012, 93,801 Kashmir’s were killed, 120,392 were arrested and 10,042 women were gang-raped or molested. Exposing the plight of the people of occupied Kashmir living under occupation by over 700,000 Indian troops armed with black laws like Prevention of Terrorism Act (POTA), Terrorist and Disruptive Activities Act 1990 (TADA) and Armed Forces Special Powers Act 1990 (AFSPA) etc. It is due to stubbornness of Indians that Kashmir dispute appears as global nuclear flash point.
Indians and the world at large needs to acknowledge that Kashmir dispute is still on the agenda of UN Security Counsel. In fact Kashmir problem was taken to UN Security Council by India. In 47th (1948) Resolution of 21 April 1948 of UN Security Council India accepted Kashmir as a disputed area and resolved to solve the issue through impartial plebiscite, which never took place. India has a long history of deceitful dealings with Pakistan and has continuously mutilated the rights of the people of Kashmir. Under these circumstances it would be binding on the government and people of Pakistan to extend moral and diplomatic support to the people of occupied Kashmir in their struggle for independence from Indian oppression. One only wishes that the biggest democracy of the world becomes democratic and stops unlashing atrocities against hapless Kashmir’s. That will pave the way for the regional development providing relief to the largest concentration of people living below poverty line in the world. Only if Indian leadership understands.