Kashmiris on both sides of the Line of Control and the world over observed the Right to Self-Determination Day, today with the pledge to continue their liberation struggle against Indian occupied forces till it reaches its ultimate goal.
It was on 5th January in 1949 when the United Nations Security Council passed a resolution supporting the Kashmiris’ right to decide their future by themselves through UN-sponsored plebiscite.
The day was marked by various activities including rallies, seminars and conferences across the world to remind the UN that it must implement its resolutions to settle the Kashmir dispute to save the Kashmiris from the Indian brutalities.
This year, the day has being observed when occupied Kashmir is under military siege for the past over 150 days. Meanwhile, the residents of the Kashmir Valley continued to suffer immensely in biting chill on the 153rd consecutive Day, today.
Around a million Indian military men are present in the Jammu & Kashmir valley since August 05, communication is suspended, foreign media or delegates are not allowed, Indian members of parliament are not allowed, many have been killed, more than 13,000 boys have been taken out in the darkest of nights from their houses and been transported to jails to far flung states, schools, shops, offices, hospitals are closed and it is the 153rd day to this brutality.
Meanwhile, addressing an event in New Delhi, India’s former National Security Advisor, Shivshankar Menon said that the Citizenship Amendment Act and the withdrawal of special status of Kashmir had led to India being isolated from the international community.
Special Assistant to the Prime Minister on Information and Broadcasting in Pakistan, Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan says all the minorities in Pakistan have right to lead their lives as per their religion and the constitution of Pakistan is guarantor of their rights. She also said opening of Kartarpur corridor by Pakistan is a bright example of interfaith harmony and testimony to the fact of Pakistan is a peaceful country.
She said, India, which was created in the name of secularism has been thrown into flames of prejudice and hatred. The minorities are staging protests as they are being deprived of their basic right of citizenship by India. She said the Indian society is under the siege of Hindutva and the minorities are being subjected to worst kind of oppression and persecution.
EU, UN, OIC and several other countries have supported Pakistan’s stance on Occupied Kashmir and have repeatedly condemned the Indian move and urged India to restore the situation in Kashmir and rest of India (regarding Citizenship Amendment Bill) to normalcy.
In the last five years, India has seen rising levels of hate crimes, often religiously-motivated attacks perpetrated by Hindus against Muslims. Modi has been criticized for being slow to condemn these crimes, and BJP leaders drew on anti-Muslim themes during the spring 2019 nationwide election.
Indian nationalism is rising, and it is a dark one under Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is a staunch advocate for Hindu nationalism and seek to promote India as a Hindu country. This contrasts with the more pluralistic and secular ideals held by the founders of India.