Some things never change. And that is the case with India’s persistent denial, obfuscation and muddling of facts.
It is an undeniable fact that India has unleashed a reign of terror in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The situation in Jammu and Kashmir is far from normal. More than 700,000 Indian soldiers are operating with complete impunity against the people of Jammu and Kashmir. The statistics are heartrending. In the past seven months alone, hundreds have been killed and over a thousand partially or completed blinded by the use of pellet guns. Over 12000 have been injured. These are irrefutable facts of systematic state sponsored terrorism and then India blames Pakistan as its kneejerk response for the unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.
It is an undeniable fact that over 7 decades of relentless repression by India has failed to crush the struggle of the Kashmiri people to exercise their right to self-determination.
It is an undeniable fact that the Kashmiri people’s right to self determination, to be exercised through a free and fair plebiscite, has been endorsed by the UN Security Council.
It is an undeniable fact that Kashmir is an internationally recognized dispute according to UN Resolutions. It has three parties to it: the people of Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan and India. Therefore, Pakistan has the responsibility to bring to the attention of the Human Rights Council and any other international forum, the serious plight of the Kashmiri people.
The Indian delegation would do well to focus on these incontrovertible facts. Desperate attempts to deflect attention from the tragedy unfolding in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir will not succeed. In this regard, the Indian delegation should bear in mind that referring to Baluchistan in the statements, besides being a pathetic ploy to avoid scrutiny, of their repression in Kashmir, also constitutes a clear violation of the core principles of non-interference in the internal affairs of a country.
But then, it is also an undeniable fact that India has never hesitated to interfere, covertly or overtly, in the internal affairs of its neighbouring states. Examples are more than plenty including the Kulbhushan Yadev, the RAW agent apprehended in Pakistan.
India’s mantra of outside interference causing unrest falls short on all accounts, since millions of indigenous Kashmiris chanting anti India slogans and calling for plebiscite are not foreigners, but the sons and daughters of the soil.
No single minority including the Christians and Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir are safe from the neo-fascist regime in India who is the product of the militant, hate driven ideological parent known as Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). RSS is a sectarian organization and militant group, with extremist ideology which believes in the “supremacy of Hindus” and “preaches hate” against Muslims and Christian minorities.
There is one final undeniable fact. No amount of violence, no amount of brutality, no amount of repression can crush a people’s desire for self-determination, for freedom. This is a fact that the Indian state is confronted with every day in Kashmir.