India Over-Reacts on Kashmir Issue


Debbie Abrahams, the Member Parliament (MP) for Oldham East and Saddle Worth, who is chair of the UK-all-party parliamentary group for Kashmir, was denied entry to India on 17 February 2020 (Monday) and flown to Dubai. Although her e-visa, which had been issued last October and was valid until October 2020, had been rejected and denied her entry by the Indian authorities at the airport in New Delhi, India.

This is not the first incident, where India has over-reacted based on the Kashmir issue. Earlier, the Indian Ministry of Foreign Affairs has summed the Turkish ambassador to lodge a diplomatic protest over President Tayyip Erdogan’s remarks on the disputed region of Kashmir and warned it would have a bearing on bilateral ties. While during a visit to Pakistan, Erdogan said the situation in Indian Kashmir was worsening because of sweeping changes New Delhi introduced in the Muslim-majority territory and that Turkey stood in solidarity with the oppressed people of Kashmir.

A diplomatic row between Malaysia and India has spilled over into trade relations between the two countries. India was angered after Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad said New Delhi had “invaded and occupied” Jammu and Kashmir during his address in New York City at the 74th session of the UN General Assembly on Sept. 27. PM Mahathir said, “We felt that the people of Kashmir had benefited from the UN resolution, and all countries should abide by it, not just India or Pakistan but even the United States”. India has threatened to boycott Malaysian Palm Oil as a punishment to support the genuine humanitarian cause of Kashmir.

EU has summoned Indian Foreign Minister before passing a resolution over Kashmir, which might lead to strict sanctions on India if the Indian Government will not change its suppression of Kashmir and stop its aggressive human rights violations.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ has deep concerns over Kashmir. UN Secretary General has repeatedly offered his services for the peaceful solution of Kashmir dispute through negotiations. During his four-day official visit of Pakistan, Antonia Guterres’ clearly supported the just cause of Kashmiris and emphasized its solution as per UN resolutions. UN Secretary General said, “Diplomacy and dialogue remain the only tools that guarantee peace and stability with solutions in accordance with the Charter of United Nations and Resolutions of the Security Council.”  What will be Indian reaction to UN concerns on Kashmir and excessive Human Rights violations? Will India also punish the UN or alternatively leave the UN? I think, based on Indian denial of implementation of UNSC resolutions for 7 decades, and violations of the UN Charter, the UN should pro-actively expel India from its membership or defer its membership till the implementation of UN resolutions and restoration of basic human rights.

President Trump during his official visit to India on 24-25 February 2020, has offered to mediate between Pakistan and India on Kashmir issue. His remarks on Kashmir has been taken negatively by Indian extremists and they burned Muslim populated areas of Indian Capitan New Delhi. It is worth mentioning that President Trump has also publically and repeatedly offered to mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir for three different occasions in the recent past. While India has rejected any third-party mediation. Let’s see, how India will react to the US President’s remarks in the days to come.

Kashmir issue, as it is a core concern for the International community in respect of regional and global security situations. Being a superpower, the US has a moral obligation to resolve the burning issues like Kashmir. The International community is deeply concerned over Kashmir, as it might flare-up any moment and escalate a full-fledged war between India and Pakistan. Both are nuclear states and possess enough piles of Nuclear weapons to destroy each other completely. The consequences may not be limited to India and Pakistan only, but engulf the whole region.

The real concern is that neither India want to implement UN resolution, nor accepts third-country mediation. India has no will to resolve the Kashmir issue. While 8 million Kashmiris are under siege since the 5th of August 2019. With the prolonged period of curfew for more than 6 months, the situation has been turned into disastrous. Shortage of food, Fuel, Electricity, Medicines has made a resident’s life miserable. 900,000 troops are deployed in Kashmir to suppress the self-determination movement in Kashmir. To date, the movement is political and diplomatic, only protests, rallies were witnessed. The self-determination right was given to Kashmiris by the UNSC, under its several resolutions in 1948. Peaceful protests, agitations, and rallies are their democratic right. Modi regime, instead of negotiating with them, and addressing their genuine concerns, opted for use of force and excessive force to suppress them. The ground realities have witnessed that excessive use of force and all dirty tricks used by India for the last 7 decades, all were failed and proved counter-productive. As a matter of fact, People of Kashmir cannot be defeated, and finally, India has to surrender. India must leave Kashmir, the sooner the better.

India is over-reacting with other nations over the Kashmir issue, while it is expected that they should think seriously and wisely. Based on their 7 decades of failed policies and Modi’s extremist policies, they may need to learn lessons and change existing aggressive approach.

Kashmir is a humanitarian issue and involves the lives of 8 million people directly and effects one third population of whole world almost. The international community may not keep silent forever. The people of Kashmir gained International attention and sympathies. Time is matured to resolve the Kashmir issue under the UN Charter and as per the expectations of the people of Kashmir.

Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan
Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan
Prof. Engr. Zamir Ahmed Awan, Sinologist (ex-Diplomat), Non-Resident Fellow of CCG (Center for China and Globalization), National University of Sciences and Technology (NUST), Islamabad, Pakistan.


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