Pulwama attack and plight of Kashmiris

February 16, 2019

Pakistan Foreign Office has condemned Pulwama attack as a matter of grave concern and rejected insinuation by elements in the Indian government and media circles that seek to link the attack to the State of Pakistan without investigations in the killing of nearly 44 Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) when a convoy was targeted with a car bomb at Awantipora in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir’s Pulwama district. The attack is being described as the deadliest attack ever on Indian occupation forces. Hours after the attack, India pointed fingers at Pakistan. It never bothers to think that it was the crimes by the Indian occupation forces carried out with impunity in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) that triggered this occurrence. It is really amazing that India ironically continues to underrate and overlook the oppression of Kashmiri Muslims in IOK. Kashmiri Muslims have experienced heinous and unimaginable tragedy ever fallen on humankind since October 1947, yet it does not receive enough attention. The genocide since then had led to the death of 300,000 to 500,000 Kashmiri Muslims. Equal number of Kashmir citizens similarly lost their shelters while waiting for United Nation Security Council Resolution to be implemented regarding the conflict. Not only are they facing a killing spree and losing their shelters, thousands of Kashmiris Muslim women have been raped and molested, while thousands of their men have disappeared and found in unmarked and unnamed mass graves. Since 9 July 2016, more than 300 Kashmiri youth have been martyred due to bullet injuries while thousands blinded by pellet guns by Indian military forces. On 1 April 2018 alone, 20 Kashmiri youth were martyred intended to stifle the awakening of Muslim Kashmiris. It is generally unreported; more than 100,000 Kashmiri Muslims have been killed since 1989. It is also significant to note that there was recent report endorsed by United Nations Council on Human Rights (UNCHR) dated 14 June 2018, indicating obvious violation of human rights in Jammu-Kashmir. In addition, there was report endorsed by Amnesty International in 2017 entitled “Losing Sight in Kashmir”, enumerating intentional strikes made by Indian occupied forces to blind Kashmiri youths. Apart from these unbearable and suffocating events, it is important to recognize emblematic tragedy in Kunan-Poshpora districts whereby Kashmiri women had been brutally gang-raped in 1991 which has been recorded in the report and mentioned by UNCHR. From 8 July 2016 until 30 September 2018, 753 Kashmiris were killed, comprising 80 children, 18 women, 56 detainees. In addition, there were more than 200,000 Kashmiris who have been reported to be injured, thousands have been unlawfully detained or raped and molested.

India must learn from this incident that the plight of the Kashmiris in IOK must not be ignored by it.