State terrorism in IHK

ByPakistanobserver-editorial April 5,

AS the international community is focusing entirely on the so-called war on terror, Indian occupation forces have stepped up their operations in Jammu and Kashmir killing scores of people daily and rendering many more handicapped for life. In a similar incident, the Indian Army assassinated six people in Kishtiwar and Kupwara areas of the territory, labelling them as members of the Lashkar-e-Tayyaba.

Kashmiris are waging struggle for their right of self-determination and about one hundred thousand people have been killed by occupation troops ever since launching of the Kashmiri Itifada in 1989. This is a legitimate movement for freedom and has nothing to do with what the West calls terrorism but Indians are trying to portray the freedom struggle as terrorism to hoodwink the international community and camouflage their repressive rule. Majority of Kashmiri parties and organizations abandoned their armed struggle while others scaled down their activities in the hope that the composite dialogue process between Pakistan and India would lead to peaceful resolution of the longstanding conflict. However, this has not happened despite numerous rounds of talks for the sake of talks and the frustrated Kashmiris have been left with no option but to take up arms again for their birth right. What options Kashmiris have when India has unilaterally decided to suspend the composite dialogue and now insists that talks would resume only if Pakistan accepts that Kashmir was not a dispute? In fact, both the previous and incumbent governments of Pakistan have to be blamed for this sorry state of affairs as they stooped too low to please Indians at every cost. The previous administration was fond of negotiating ‘Confidence Building Measures’ (CBMs) that were nothing but eye-wash and the incumbent Government has apparently lost focus on the issue. One fails to understand what is big rationale for Pakistan to insist on resumption of dialogue when India is not sincere in discussing the real issues. Foreign policy should strike a balance between strategic and national interests and expediencies of the existing time but regrettably this is missing in the policy of 170 million people and a State having strategic location.
Pakistanobserver-editorial April 5,