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EDITORIAL: In deciding to hold the G20 meeting in Srinagar, India actually wanted to seek international legitimacy for its illegal annexation of occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Instead, it has suffered a huge embarrassment. Days before the three-day event got under way on Monday, China had made it clear that it was firmly opposed “to holding any kind of G20 meetings in the disputed territory.

” Beijing has reasons for its annoyance with the Narendra Modi government over its August 2019 revocation of the occupied Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and declaring Jammu, the Valley, and Laddakh, over which China has claims, as Union territories. Earlier, Beijing had refused to participate in G20 meeting in Arunachal Pradesh, where the two countries have been locked in a military confrontation.

Two regional heavyweights, Turkiye and Saudi Arabia, have also stayed away from the moot in Srinagar in solidarity with Pakistan. Absence of the former, in particular, must have come as a jolt to New Delhi, its second largest source of energy imports and fourth largest trading partner. No less important, Saudi Arabia also provides employment to the second highest number of Indians after the UAE.

Both countries have shown, once again, that in times of need Pakistan can count on their support for its principled stand on the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. Meanwhile, reports from Srinagar say India is trying hard to show to other members of the G20 that the situation in the disputed territory is ‘normal’. Additional troops have been called in to suppress any manifestation of unrest. According to media reports, hundreds of Kashmiris have been detained in police stations and thousands, including shopkeepers, received calls from officials warning against any “signs of protest or trouble”.

But the veneer of normality India has been striving to project was stripped off last week by the UN Special Rapporteur on Minority Issues, Fernand de Varennes, as he said in a Twitter post that G20 meeting in Jammu and Kashmir while massive human rights violations are ongoing is lending support to India to normalise the brutal and repressive denial of democratic and other rights of Kashmiri Muslims and minorities.

He went on to aver, “G20 should on the contrary uphold international human rights obligations & the # UN Declaration of Human Rights should be upheld... and the situation in Jammu and Kashmir should be decried and condemned, not pushed under the rug and ignored with the holding of this meeting.” Other members of the group, especially Western countries such as Britain, France, Germany, Italy and Canada, surely are aware of all this. Unfortunately, they make selective application of human rights, international law and UN resolutions. Political and economic considerations take precedence over moral obligations.

Copyright Business Recorder, 2023


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HashBrown® May 26, 2023 10:50am
I still remember the mass of hindustanis crawling over these news sites when they thought they had won the favour of the OIC; now they've been humiliated by Saudi Arabia and Turkiye, and even the UN has highlighted their savagery. Moral of the story: having a handful of Hindutva billionaires while 80% of the country starves doesn't make you a global superpower - nor does trying the legitimise decades of rape and slaughter in a land that was never yours to begin with.
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KU May 26, 2023 05:10pm
It won't make any dent in their progress or development, it's news for the cheerleaders only. Meanwhile, we are stuck in quicksand and slowly sinking and the leaders of people, standing around this quicksand, are telling us to be strong and narrating tales, laughable.
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Az_Iz May 26, 2023 06:53pm
It was India that took the Kashmir issue to the UN and agreed to honor the resolution in letter and spirit. The Kashmiris have a right to self determination. That won’t change. Trying to gain some legitimacy for its illegal occupation of Kashmir, and subjugation of the Kashmiris won’t work.
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Az_Iz May 26, 2023 07:33pm
China, Turkey and KSA. Friends in need are friends indeed.
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TimeToMovveOn May 26, 2023 08:29pm
@KU, Bro you are right. Some call it humiliation that 4 countries did not attend or you can call it success that 56 countries attended, including the entire G7. The fact that G20 was conducted at all in J&K is an achievement. So yeah, haters can fret about 4 that did not attend, but we are happy that 56 attended. And yes "It won't make any dent in their progress or development" and "meanwhile, we are stuck in quicksand" The problem with Pakistan talking about Kashmir is the the messenger is not good. Even though the message is good. A country that conducted Operation Searchlight, and is currently prosecuting civilians in military court, does not have any credibility to speak about Kashmir. The proof is that Pakistan has not made any progress in the Kashmir cause in 75 years.
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TimeToMovveOn May 26, 2023 08:34pm
@HashBrown®, 80% of the country starves- No it is actually 99.9% you got your numbers wrong. There are only 3 people that are rich, and the rest are starving, in fact dying. Just 50,000 of these starving/dying people just got hired in my hometown Chennai to make iPhone. And this is jut for 7% of iPhones. Apple official news, to make 25% in India, so the math would make it another 150,000 starving indians.
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Az_Iz May 27, 2023 10:04am
@TimeToMovveOn, assembling , testing , packaging and shipping phones. It is very mediocre. The total value addition is peanuts, even if it shows up in exports as billions of dollars.
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Az_Iz May 27, 2023 10:10am
@TimeToMovveOn, the G7 and Europe in general, US and UK in particular staunchly supported the SA apertheid regime under the pretext of constructive engagement. The poor and weak countries were strongly against the apertheid. It is not always the strong and powerful, that come out winners. Kashmiris want to decide their own fate. India took the issue to the UN and agreed to honor the resolution in letter and spirit. It should let the Kashmiris decide their future.
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HashBrown® May 27, 2023 12:56pm
@Az_Iz, "assembling , testing , packaging and shipping phones. It is very mediocre. The total value addition is peanuts, even if it shows up in exports as billions of dollars." 100% correct. This guy is bragging about 200,000 jobs - which equates to 0.00013% of hindustan's population. But these people are indoctrinated from an early age to have no concept of reality...you've probably read his other rants so I'm sure you understand what I mean.
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Az_Iz May 27, 2023 08:15pm
Many countries did not attend. Most others just sent junior level staff members from their embassies in Delhi. The UN issued a statement that was definitely not what India wanted to hear. The horrible security situation there was brought to the fore. Overall it was a disgrace for India.
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