Kashmir Tragedy and Responsibilities
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Kashmir Tragedy and Responsibilities
BY MUHAMMAD FAROOQ REHMANI
Eyes are tearful, and forlorn
Kashmir’s plight knows Allah
Kashmir made a riddle, not to solve
As, they like bullet and blood
Who has to gain out of blood?
Greedy and inhuman of the world
When Kashmiris will rise, speak
Make their line of destiny?
Mothers look for disappeared sons,
And wolves are hunting youths
The clock is ticking,
Killers are trembling
Oppressed will unite one day,
And pinpoint masked killers
The sword may not speak,
But blood will thunder, and curse the killer
Jammu and Kashmir is not a dispute of land, or water; as is evident from the political struggle of its inhabitants since 1931, and numerous resolutions adopted by the UN on holding of plebiscite here. It is a political and humanitarian question, with its bedrock being the right of self-determination. Regional powers may look concerned about their interests, but the Kashmiris are serious about their destiny as a nation of 13 million inhabitants. When greed for grabbing other nation’s territories and lands surfaces high, small nations are treated as sale commodities; as a result flames of rage and revenge spring up, political rights are subdued and suppressed, and moral values are ignored; and disputes become insoluble between the states. Now a days Kashmir is not a paradise; it’s a slaughter-house since 1990, when the occupying power unleashed its killing machine; and changed the beautiful region into a graveyard for its inhabitants. India gave unbridled and brute powers to its army and police till the innocent people were deprived of their basic human rights. The inhabitants in general and the families of the sympathizers and activists of the political movement in particular, were subjected to loot, arson, molestation, criminal assault, murder and rape by Indian forces and police, during the past 22 years of military operations in the State.
Keeping this in view, the Kashmiris constantly urge the UNO to investigate into the crimes that were committed by Indian army and paratroopers, and continue even today against the innocent people of Kashmir to stifle their voice for freedom and the right of self-determination. Crimes against humanity by India in Kashmir fall under numerous categories and have been perpetrated on men, women and children almost in every village, town, and city of Jammu and Kashmir. It’s also evident from numberless graves and graveyards both marked and unmarked all over the State. India was never questioned, nor brought before the International Court of Justice for her trail of crimes against humanity in Kashmir during the last 22 years. As a result we find every morning being added fresh stories of travail to our sordid and distorted history of life and death. Fathers dumb with grief and mothers crying can’t stop tears from flowing for arrested, brutalized, or forcibly disappeared sons, or near and dear ones. The United Nations Organization should act now against crime perpetrators of the innocent Kashmiris, like Srebrenica and other such regions to encourage and ensure true reconciliation and conflict resolution across this region.
The Foreign minister of UK said rightly, in the Hague, and his words should be applied to Kashmir as well, “The lesson of the last two decades is that if you commit war crimes, crimes against humanity, or genocide, you will not be able to rest easily in your bed: the reach of international justice is long and patient, and once set in train, it is inexorable.” Again in the words of Syeeda warsi, the British Conservative party leader, “There is no expiry date for these crimes, so that even, if like Ratco Mladic, you succeed in evading justice for 16 years, you will eventually be brought to account.” “Seventeen years ago today, Ratco Mladic, the Bosnian Serb leader said to the TV cameras, “Here we are on 11 July, 1995, in Serbian Srebrenica, just before a great Serb holiday.” Seventeen years later he is on trial in The Hague, facing 11 charges: of genocide, crimes against humanity and war crimes, writes Syeeda Warsi “in remembering the dead of Srebrenica.”
It is sad the World Body time after time talked loudly, but failed to stop genocide and crimes against humanity in Bosnia, and before that in Rawanda, Palestine and now in Afghanistan and Iraq. Ethnic cleansing and genocide and gang rape of Arakan Muslims (Rohangyas) under the occupation of Burma (Myanmar) is yet another heinous crime and carnage of impoverished Muslims in the vicinity of Bangladesh and India. They too have been suffering for long like the Kashmiris because of the double standard of both Muslim states and the UN. And, genocide of the Jammu Muslims in November 1947 was not thought even worth mentioning. Systematic killings, rapes, forced disappearances and other crimes still continue with impunity in Jammu and Kashmir. Although the UN is committed everywhere to prevent genocide and all types of crimes against humanity, but it’s not doing as mandated by its Charter and manifesto, except where big powers have cultivated their undue interests.
It’s all right that we do remember our martyrs annually; we protest in the same way against countless ignoble incidents of rape, murder, humiliation and other crimes, the Indian army and police perpetrated on helpless Kashmiri families; who have been living a life of grief and gloom, or suffering displacement or migration to Pakistan, since the creation of Kashmir tragedy in 1947.
Besides remembering martyrs, and victims of atrocities and observing tragic events annually, it is far more significant, if we seriously ponder over practical ways of serving the affected people by constituting a body of patriots; comprising eminent jurists, men of integrity, scrupulously honest, and immune to pomp and show and greed. Such a body can identify and take up all the horrible events and cases; of the depressed and helpless families, molested women and girls; people murdered in fake encounters; forcibly disappeared by army, police, rented men and masked agents. Almost every home, village, town and market has terrific tales of grief to narrate, and seek justice for redressing their grievances. A victimized father, a widow, a forlorn mother and a molested woman can’t rest unless a
killer or a robber of a woman’s chastity stood in the dock and received an exemplary punishment. No doubt, these perpetrators of all kinds of heinous crimes against humanity got off scot-free long ago. But the people recognize them and their masters in every garb.
I have numbered below, some of the tragic incidents of Kashmir to awaken the conscience of the people, especially politicians and clergy. Unfortunately, each and every awful incident has been left unaddressed, unattended and uncared for; consequently the terrorists or their masters whether in uniform or otherwise wander freely, unnoticed and unpunished despite their crimes against humanity. To bring them to justice is the real test of the leadership, and not empty rhetoric which we practice in our daily political and religious life.
Kashmir’s victimized, tormented and humiliated men and women are losing their patience, because the world failed to address their melancholy and plight; and failed to establish institutions to help them, and stand by them. Similarly, the world knowingly ignored its duty to hunt the perpetrators of tyranny and bring to book those bloody-men, like the war criminals of Bosnia. It was the responsibility of the people at the helm of affairs to go to courts and knock at the door of the International Court of Justice against the terrorists, who killed innocents, or raped women; whether their masters are sitting in the corridors of power or hiding in any garb to escape justice. We shouldn’t rest until we identify and punish–wolves in the shape of sheep, which were responsible for enforced disappearances, custodial killings, gang rapes, and unmarked graves across Kashmir. If we couldn’t do it yesterday, we should it now by constituting a body of patriots and legal experts as I have stated before and make our posterity feel proud of our arduous and holy mission. We would be astonished to know that six decades on the Russians are still searching for their World war 11 dead. If again we didn’t feel the pulse of our silent majority; or we disappointed the innocent people, the time can pass an acrimonious judgment against us and, our organizations and world institutions.
Unfortunately, if the World Body or the master- powers controlling the destiny of poor and weak nations, had not acted callously vis-à-vis the plight of the Kashmiris, and were not swayed by the Indian tirade; attributing terroristic acts in Kashmir to the freedom lovers or Pakistan, human rights conditions would not have worsened so terribly, and many acts of state terrorism like; Chitisinghporah carnage and Western tourists’ kidnapping and killing would have been unveiled by now. While aspiring peace in Kashmir the UNCHR, and India’s HRC should feel the public pulse, listen to the whisperings, and above all take notice of a publication, ‘The Meadow: Kashmir 1995-Where the Terror Began’, written by Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clarke on the fate of six tourists, who were trekking in a Himalayan meadow in 1995, when they were kidnapped by a previously unknown militant group called Al-Faran. One American had escaped, but the body of a Norwegian was found in a remote village. Another American, a German and two Britons were never located. Their embassies and missions in Islamabad and Delhi had left no stone unturned to trace them. In this new book the authors suggest that the Indian Government deliberately undermined hostage negotiations and prolonged the crisis to damage Pakistan’s reputation, and then used its own militants to take custody of the hostages before they were killed. Immediately after the revelations, the J&K State Human Rights Commission had asked the Government and police authorities access to two original investigation officers, and was supposed to meet on May 28, 2012 to look into it, as urged by the International People’s Tribunal on Human Rights and Justice, “why no action
was taken on various points─ despite the authorities having knowledge of the location of the hostages, and then subsequently the burial site of the hostages.”-AP/Dawn, 18/04/12
Though the Indian establishment in Kashmir is responsible for countless brutalities, overt and covert, but I mark here only some, and call upon the Kashmiri Hurriyet leadership to chalk-out an action-plan of legal and humanitarian campaign for bringing the killers of humanity and behind -the- scene-actors to justice. Otherwise going by India’s designs there seems a real threat that the occupying power will not hesitate to hunt the Kashmiris generation after generation, till they are annihilated like the Palestinians. Our posterity will remember us, not by empty rhetoric, or talk-shows or hollow claims, but only by our service record. Delivering a blazing speech from a lofty pulpit is quite different from the solid work attempted for the suffering countrymen. May our conscience awake and Allah be kind upon us and, open our eyes and ears and those of the world to the following tragedies, so that we revitalize our basic role accordingly: ─
1. Massacre of 18 unarmed youth at Batmaloo on 08-01-1990
2. Massacre of 60 civilians at Ghaw- Kadal Srinagar on 21-01-1990
3. Murder of 10 civilians at Alamgari- bazar Srinagar on 22-01-1990
4. Murder of 20 civilian at Lalchowk and Ghonkhan Srinagar on 07 and 14 February,1990
5. Murder of 20 civilians at Zakurah Srinagar on 01-03-1990
6. Murder of 15 Bus commuters at Tengpore-bye-pass Batmaloo on 01-03-1990
7. Chanahporah Srg. molestation tragedy on 07-03-2012
8. Martyrdom of 50 Mirwaiz-mourners near Islamia College SRG on 21 May,1990
9. Molestation of several women in Panzigam Pulwama on 06-07-90
10. Torching of 200 shops in July and 54 shops in September in Sopore’s shopping Complex.
11. Molesting of 12 women in Wadwan Badgam on 26-06-90
12. Lalbazar rape tragedy in cantonement.
13. Torching of Watmagam/Odhina villages of SRG of 200 houses and burning alive of one Mustafa Sofi on 8-7-90
14. Nawabazar killings of 7 residents inside houses on 21-7-90
15. Mashali Mohallah Srg.killings of 10 residents on 06-7-90
16. martyring of 100 men at Handwara,17 at Trehgam on 01-08-90
17. Burning of 42 houses of Srigufwara Annantnag with Imam of mosque on12/8/90
18. Martyring of 45 people inside homes at Pazipora Kupwarah, 15 women molested, their clothes burnt on 10/8/90
19. Torching of 25 houses in Potshai lolab on 15/8/90
20. Village Thuni Kangan-Ganderbal 30 youth in Bus torched in on 12/9/90
21. Burning of 17 youth in Kalaroos Lolab on21/10/90
22. Torching 0f 5 people, killing of 10 people in Handwarah town,400 shops,80 houses gutted and on 2/10/90
23. 460 houses of Kawdara Srinagar. on 7/10/90, and 30 houses in Noorbagh burned on 8/10/90
24. In the first week of December 1990, 2 men were killed in Kupwara
25. Stripping and raping of several women in Ladu, 20km from Srinagar on 22/12/90.
26. Massacre of ten people in village Pakharpora
27. Killing of five people and torching a number of houses in Palapora Anatnag on 01 Feb 1991
28. Kunan Poshpora savagery and rape of over one hundred women and girls on the night of 3rd Feb 1991.
29. Chokibal Kupwara carnage of 80 people on 5th May 1991.
30. Massacre in Dachigam, Nigin, Saida Kadil, Khawaja Yaribal, Raina wari and Solina (Srinagar) of at least 30 people on 8th May 1991.
31. Panzan Badgam murders, arson, molestation, beatings of 29/12/91
32. Blood bath in Wularlake Bandipore: Lank Reshipora, Laherwalpora, Kemoo Ghat, Aloosa Ghat, Ashtigoo, Kunis, Zoori Manz gam, April/Sept.1992.
33. Jallianwalla Bagh re-enacted on another Baisakhi ,13 April,1992 in Sopore areas: Hajam, Telian, Syed Sultanpora, Mahrajapora, Chinkipora & vicinity on 13/4/92
34. Reba-Rehama Sopore torture of innocents on 12 April, 1992.
35. Nanil Sopore murders April1992.
36. Burnt alive villagers of Wadipora Pattan on 18-19 June, 1992.
37. Night carnage of men/women in Baramulla on 24-25,June
38. Amira Kadal Srinagar murders on 2 July,92
39. Killings in Daya Gamisa village of Islamabad in 1991 and 18 June 1992.
40. Shalimar-Harwan tragedy of July 9, 1992.
41. Killings at Nasrullah pora Badgam on 13/7/92, Ishbar Nishat killings 61/7/92.
42. Rape tragedies in Haran village of Budgam on 20/7/92
43. Tragedy at Tral on 13,15/8/92.Highway murders at Gulshan Nagaar Nawgams.
44. Chitisingh pora carnage of 35 Sikhs men/women on 20/3/2000
45. unearthing of thousands of unmarked graves along LOC in 2008
46. Shopian rape/murder tragedy of 2 young girls In May,2009
47. Killings of 121 innocents in August 2010 uprising
48. siege of Hazratbal,15/10/93, and carnage at Daresh- Kadal, Safa Kadal, Fateh Kadel, Nawab Bazar (Srinagar) on 22/10/93
49. Carnage at Bijbehara Chowk on 22/10/93
50. Wular tragedy of 23 students on 30/05/2006
51. Patheribal killings of 5 Locals in 2006
52. Machil killings of 3 locals in 2010
Besides, there are selective and targeted killings of innocent citizens; students, teachers, politicians, religious leaders, human rights activists, news reporters, photo-journalists, lawyers, and women, martyred or dumped in unknown graves; numbering over one hundred thousand people from almost every village, town, and city need to be documented with utmost care, and impartiality to show the real picture of India’s secular and liberal democracy to the world, and emphasizing the UN the vulnerability and fragility of peace in the South Asia with regard to the genuine urges and demands of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. It should be grasped well that the Kashmiris will never compromise their principles or barter away the universally acknowledged right ─ the right of self-determination.
______________________________________________________________________________________________________________Note: The author is the Chairman Jammu and Kashmir People’s Freedom League, and former convener All Parties Hurriyet Conference AJK. He has written Urdu/English books, pamphlets and hundreds of comprehensive articles on the Kashmir conflict and the freedom struggle of Kashmiris. © Copy Right Muhammad Farooq Rehmani , writers blog: https://farooqrehmani.wordpress.com Last update: Aug-03-2012