AVN 64.89 Increased By ▲ 0.72 (1.12%)
BAFL 30.60 Increased By ▲ 0.70 (2.34%)
BOP 4.70 Increased By ▲ 0.07 (1.51%)
CNERGY 3.92 Increased By ▲ 0.03 (0.77%)
DFML 13.55 Increased By ▲ 0.20 (1.5%)
DGKC 41.42 Increased By ▲ 0.57 (1.4%)
EPCL 47.58 Increased By ▲ 0.58 (1.23%)
FCCL 11.15 Increased By ▲ 0.15 (1.36%)
FFL 5.19 Increased By ▲ 0.11 (2.17%)
FLYNG 5.87 Increased By ▲ 0.10 (1.73%)
GGL 10.00 Increased By ▲ 0.25 (2.56%)
HUBC 64.26 Increased By ▲ 2.31 (3.73%)
HUMNL 5.73 Increased By ▲ 0.08 (1.42%)
KAPCO 27.83 Increased By ▲ 0.25 (0.91%)
KEL 2.17 Increased By ▲ 0.02 (0.93%)
LOTCHEM 24.60 Increased By ▲ 0.30 (1.23%)
MLCF 21.15 Increased By ▲ 0.43 (2.08%)
NETSOL 84.90 Increased By ▲ 1.80 (2.17%)
OGDC 86.86 Increased By ▲ 0.81 (0.94%)
PAEL 11.10 Increased By ▲ 0.30 (2.78%)
PIBTL 4.22 Increased By ▲ 0.08 (1.93%)
PPL 76.90 Increased By ▲ 0.71 (0.93%)
PRL 13.73 Increased By ▲ 0.07 (0.51%)
SILK 0.89 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
SNGP 41.25 Increased By ▲ 0.50 (1.23%)
TELE 5.92 Increased By ▲ 0.04 (0.68%)
TPLP 16.03 Increased By ▲ 0.38 (2.43%)
TRG 112.70 Increased By ▲ 2.60 (2.36%)
UNITY 13.92 Increased By ▲ 0.17 (1.24%)
WTL 1.15 No Change ▼ 0.00 (0%)
BR100 4,036 Increased By 68.8 (1.73%)
BR30 14,453 Increased By 268.2 (1.89%)
KSE100 40,567 Increased By 695.8 (1.75%)
KSE30 15,166 Increased By 268.3 (1.8%)
Follow us

EDITORIAL: The tongue is to human body what freedom of speech or expression is to society. Take out the tongue the body becomes just a lump of flesh and bone.

Rightly then the right to freedom of speech and expression is considered and accepted as a fundamental human right. Freedom of expression is vital to our ability to convey opinions, convictions, and beliefs and to meaningfully participate in democracy.

No wonder then the Universal Declaration of Human Rights mandates that right to freedom of expression is a fundamental right and must be respected by all countries. Be that as it may, Article 19(1) of India’s constitution clearly states that “all citizens have the right to freedom of speech and expression”.

But as for the India-held Kashmir this right is only on paper, as its violation, not once but always, is the kind of governance the people of IIOJ&K (Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir) have to live with.

Much to the letdown of conscientious world India is also not likely to lend ear to the call of the Amnesty International that in its latest report on state of freedom of speech and expression in Held Kashmir holds the Modi government accountable for human rights violation.

Amnesty International has called on the Indian government to end the repression of rights of people in the India-held Kashmir, release those arbitrarily detained and ensure they are tried promptly and fairly in a regular court. It also called upon the international community to hold India accountable for human rights violations.

According to the AI report, India is set about putting in place unlawful surveillance measures, arbitrary detention, and restrictions to freedom of expression, and simultaneously conceal its actions to escape notice of the international community.

It also asked India to drop all politically motivated charges against journalists and human rights defenders and work to step up representation and participation of the people of IIOJ&K in decision-making processes.

The Amnesty International report rejected the Indian claim that all it did is in “legitimate response to terrorism”. What India calls terrorism, and agreed to by states watching the bloodbath in Kashmir through their business-jaundiced eyepiece, is a war for liberation — and it will be won by the Kashmiris.

Don’t we know that the so-called loyalist Kashmiri leadership, which kept clinging on to power even after their state lost its autonomous status, are now wonderstruck at the kind of resistance the freedom fighters have offered to one of the world’s largest armies.

How come the Amnesty International report, which is read word by word in IIOJ&K and some other places like Pakistan, doesn’t take much time to be consigned to the dustbin in the West, which is otherwise never short on telling us what is happening with Muslims in western China or elsewhere.

Hopefully, the Amnesty International will reprint this report in red and place it on the desks of top executives in the West and its Arabic translation on some desks in the Arabian sheikhdoms.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2022


Comments are closed.

Oppression in IIOJ&K

Death toll in Peshawar mosque suicide blast rises to 83

Intra-day update: rupee sees some improvement against US dollar

Intra-day update: Bull run at PSX, KSE-100 up over 750 points

Toshakhana case: Islamabad court decides to indict Imran Khan on February 7

Bangladesh secures $4.7bn from IMF as other South Asian countries see delays

Talks with IMF team: Doubts exist about Dar-led team’s capability

Crucial IMF talks begin today

Alvi approves SOEs (Governance and Operations) Bill, 2022

SBP issues mechanism for quota-based sugar export

Getting Daharki Power shares: ECC allows FF $2.9m equity investment