EDITORIAL: As India commits war crimes, runs terrorist camps and burns alive the captives in Illegally Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), the so-called guardians of humanitarian values in the West look the other way. They do not take notice of the qayaamat (doom) that India has let loose on the incarcerated Kashmiris. The United Nations too is doing nothing in this regard. But the international media and conscientious men and women have taken notice of this revival of Nazism in our part of the world in the guise of anti-Muslim Hindutva-inspired India. On Sunday, Pakistan released a 130-page three-chapter dossier cataloging widely reported media accounts how, when and where the Indian occupied forces have committed 3,432 cases of war crimes, in which 1,128 individuals, including senior military and police officers of India, were directly involved. While expressing alarm over growth and patronage of militant Islamic State (IS) groups in IIOJK, the dossier also mentions where these camps are located, and claims it’s New Delhi’s scheme to blame their acts on Pakistan and others. What Pakistan says now it has said before many times, but the international community remains criminally indifferent and nonchalant. But there is a feel of mystery about it. According to NSA Moeed Yusuf, ‘’because of Pakistan’s aggressive campaigning there was nobody today who behind closed doors defended what India was doing… this is how Europe talked about Hitler’’. He didn’t say how long that hush-hush attitude would continue, but one would agree with him that when uncontrolled, fire spreads. ‘’We are clear where this is going, the region is going to be affected first but the entire world will be affected,’’ NSA warned. Also, the release of dossier a few days after the death of Kashmiri freedom fighter Syed Ali Geelani is a clear message to India that whatsoever be the quantum of brutality the Kashmiris’ struggle would neither relent nor accept New Delhi’s political control.
Unveiling the dossier before media persons, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmoud Qureshi demanded India took action against perpetrators highlighted in the document. He also demanded New Delhi ended its military and digital siege, released all political prisoners, allowed unhindered access in Occupied Kashmir to the United Nations, human rights commission of OIC, independent journalists and civil society organizations. But the focus of Human Rights Minster Dr Shireen Mazari, who was also present on the occasion, was less diplomatic; she expressed her views rather openly and strongly. She said when it came to dealing with India on Kashmir the international organizations and governments were “hypocritical”. She asked: “Why didn’t the United Nations place sanctions on India when it violated its resolutions and remained silent when the UN observers were refused entry into IIOJK?” Taking the European Union to task, she asked why it had not given a single statement against India’s annexation of Occupied Kashmir while it continued to sanction Russia on the Crimean issue. One, however, is not sure if the dossier cataloging Indian war crimes in Occupied Kashmir would make the pro-India anti-China West remove blinkers and see realities on the ground. Be that as it may, it is, however, interesting to note that Taliban’s Kabul takeover has really spooked the BJP-RSS combine in India.
Copyright Business Recorder, 2021