Unprovoked ceasefire violations by India

August 15, 2019

Indian troops have once again resorted to unprovoked firing of mortars and artillery guns along the Line of Control (LoC). They have intentionally targeted civilian population in Danna, Dhddnial, Jura, Lipa, Sharda and Shahkot sectors putting peace and security in the region at peril. Reports say that India has decided to deploy an additional 10,000 troops in Indian held Kashmir and the deployment is already in progress. The fresh deployment comes after a severe reaction in India ignited by the claims of US President Donald Trump during a meeting with Prime Minister Imran Khan that the Indian Prime Minister had asked him to mediate on the Kashmir dispute. The Indian government has rejected the claim by President Trump, maintaining that the issue can only be resolved bilaterally. IoK has been under presidential rule since June 2018 after the BJP withdrew support for its local partner PDP and dissolved the government. The Indian occupation forces have let loose a reign of terror in the IoK since the launch of the freedom struggle by the Kashmiris in 1989 which has become stronger in the wake of killing of Burhan Wani in 2016. International Human Rights organizations like Amnesty International have been frequently compiling reports on Indian atrocities in Kashmir and abuse of human rights. Two similar reports compiled by the UNHCR also bear witness to the brutal killing of the people of Kashmir fighting for their legitimate right of self-determination. The situation in the IoK is very volatile. The new deployments are certain to lift up the level of violence and killings in IoK which have already been rejected by the Kashmiri leaders. India at present has 500,000 troops in IoK. It never bothers to think of the ways of having this festering conflict resolved. It is possible either through vigorous role of the UN by invoking its resolutions, or the major powers playing a mediatory role as offered by the US President and endorsed by China and Turkey. The Kashmiris’ reaction to the Indian suppression makes it definitely clear that India cannot curb their freedom struggle through the barrel of gun and heartless conduct. History too verifies the fact that freedom movements cannot be suppressed and handled with military power and cold-blooded persecution. The freedom fight of the people of Kashmir is sure to succeed. India had better give up change its negative mindset. Nonviolent co-existence with Pakistan in a safe regional atmosphere is fundamental to the economic development of the both the states and to transform the destiny of teeming millions living under poverty line and protect the future of one and a half billion people living in the region whose lives have become hostage to the Kashmir conflict.

It never bothers to think of the ways of having this festering conflict resolved. It is possible either through vigorous role of the UN by invoking its resolutions, or the major powers playing a mediatory role as offered by the US President and endorsed by China and Turkey.

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