India refused to listen to the UN Secretary General António Guterres call to refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir, which is recognized as a disputed territory by the United Nations and the Security Council. He said in clear-cut manner that the UN position on Kashmir was tied to its own charter and applicable Security Council resolutions. India also turned a deaf ear to the US voice that India’s decision to annex Kashmir could increase instability in the region. Eventually, Pakistan had to warn India that any misadventure by it would see a response stronger than that of Feb 27. Pakistan has decided to observe the Independence Day in solidarity with Kashmiris. New Delhi’s actions in Indian-Held Kashmir (IHK), particularly appalling under the Modi government, have been exposed in more than one UN report, the most recent just a month ago. The years-long recourse to state violence in IHK has led to widespread alienation among the Kashmiri people, specifically the youth that consist of over 68 per cent of the population. The killing of the charismatic militant leader Burhan Wani, the use of pellet guns against stone-pelting teenagers and the humiliation of tying a young Kashmiri to the bonnet of an army jeep as a human shield are all etched on the collective memory of the Kashmiri people. At the moment, Kashmiris in India-held Kashmir have been virtually cut off from the whole world because of restrictions on communication and movement of people. The communications blackout and security clampdown imposed in IHK has entered its 7th day today. No one really knows what is going on in the part of the world known for centuries as paradise on earth. Once the communication blackout is lifted, the reaction of Kashmiris is likely to jolt all of India. DG ISPR has rightly observed that thousands of Indian troops have failed to suppress the just struggle of Kashmiris for decades and added that current surge won’t succeed either. He also dubbed the statement of the Indian Chinar Corps Commander, Lieutenant General Kanwal Jeet Singh Dhillo, as an attempt to carve out casus belli for diverting world attention from precarious situation in IHK. Kashmiris have kept their fight alive in the face of a heavily militarized occupation. The response from the international community can prevent the Hindu nationalist government in New Delhi to expedite the systematic massacre of the Kashmiris physically, politically, economically and now demographically. Pakistan has to keep on stirring capitals around the world to get due condemnation against the Modi government and telling the world that the permanent solution to the Kashmir issue is the key to peace in South Asia.
Once the communication blackout is lifted, the reaction of Kashmiris is likely to jolt all of India.