India considers itself largest
“Democracy” in the world. Although Pakistan and India emerged on map of the
world in August 1947 but India’s first constitution was passed on 26th January,
1950. Since 1950, this day is observed as democracy day or Youm e Jamhoriyt in
India occupied Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) in 1949 against the will of Kashmiri
people. In Kashmir, 99% of population is Muslim. They wanted freedom from India
to become a part of Pakistan. Since 1949, Kashmir’s Freedom movement is
continuing till date.
On this specific democracy day, Kashmir has been turned to Army cantonment.
Indian Army has covered whole valley. India has converted its Democracy day into
terror and capturing day. Curfew was imposed in Kashmir valley to stop any
protest in Kashmir. Red alert was issued in areas like Srinagar and Badgam. The
measures to stop any protest in the valley were incapable to stop Kashmiri’s
from observing Black day.
India’s claim of being the world’s biggest democratic country has been unveiled
in Kashmir valley. India has deputed approximately7.5 lac army in this small
valley. Indian forces started using Pallet Guns, poisonous and tearing gasses on
unarmed Kashmiri Protestants leaving many dead and wounded. Since 1990, Kashmir
has become a valley of blood and fire for those who are fighting for freedom.
Indian army has crossed all the limits of atrocities.
Keeping a view on latest data of occupied Jammu and Kashmir, one can understand
the living situation of the people of Kashmir. From 8th July 2016 to January
2018, around 172 persons including children, women and old citizens were
martyred. 20767 were wounded whereas 83253 were wounded by pallet guns. 73
became blind, 207 lost their one eye and 974 are in danger of blindness. 751
women were raped. 65753 houses and 53 schools were destroyed. 18876 were
captured whereas 818 were captured in allegations of terrorism. Indian
atrocities reached at their peak after martyrdom of Burhan Wani, a young
Kashmiri Leader. India has started fatal weapons mainly pallet guns to suppress
Freedom movement. But Kashmir’s freedom movement cannot be suppressed with
weapons and military.
The Indian Government occupied Kashmir depicted that in last two years, curfew
has been imposed for 730 days in this region. But in reality the picture is far
different than the statement of puppet Indian government. Every day is a curfew
day in Jammu and Kashmir as nobody knows when riots destroy their families.
According to a report of Human Rights Watch (HRW), Indian Army has awarded the
soldier who had used a Kashmiri as a shield, to save him. It is also mentioned
that the law of Armed Forces (Special Powers) Act (AFSPA) is supporting and
giving a way to Human Rights Violations. AFSPA is held responsible for
extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearance of youngsters and fake
According to AFSPA, it will be implemented to maintain Law and Order Situation
in the area which is declared as Disturbed. It gives special powers of
searching, arresting and investigating without warrant or even an army personal
can open fire in a situation when he thinks it is needed. Action taken “in the
line of duty” cannot be prosecuted in civilian courts. The law was applied to
Occupied Jammu and Kashmir in 1990 and has been in force till date.
Implementation of AFSPA has not only given a boost to atrocities by Indian army
but also out raged Kashmiri citizens.
India remained abortive in reverting or reviewing this law. The situation of
Human Rights Violations in Kashmir Valley is alarming. Officials have terminated
internet services 27 times and used weapon on peaceful Protestants as well.
On the other hand, India has violated ceasefire 170 times on Line of Control (LoC)
and working boundary. In these violations, 11 civilians were martyred whereas 48
were injured. PM Khaqan Abbasi said that Pakistan can continue peace dialogue
with India only if main point is Kashmir.
Concluding more, India should conduct free and fair plebiscite in Kashmir under
United Nations Observers.