- Withdrawal of IOK’s special status opened a Pandora’s Box
As people in Pakistan, AJK and Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK) observed the Kashmir martyrs’ day on Monday there was no end to inhuman atrocities committed by the Indian army and law enforcement agencies on the Kashmiri population under Indian control
The Kashmir martyrs’ day is observed to pay homage to 22 Kashmiris who were killed in 1931 during a revolt against the barbarities committed by the Dogra rulers. After the partition of India, the people in IOK were subjected to even worse persecution. Unable to suppress their peaceful struggle for self-determination, the Indian secret agencies kidnapped, tortured and killed tens of thousands of peaceful protestors. Failing to curb their penchant for freedom, New Delhi sent in troops forcing the peaceful Kashmiri population to take up arms. Last year in August the Modi government withdrew the special status of IOK under Article 370 of the India Constitution and imposed a strict lockdown on the valley. This led to the commission of further brutalities in the occupied Valley. In March the government notified the Jammu and Kashmir Grant of Domicile Certificate (procedure) Rules 2020, providing thousands of Indians an opportunity to claim Kashmiri domicile in order to turn Kashmiris into a minority in their own land.
There is hardly anyone supportive of India in IOK. The Hurriyat leaders have been in custody for more than a year. Feeling insecure, the Indian government has not released even most of the erstwhile pro-India Kashmiri leaders including former chief minister Mehbooba Mufti. With space for peaceful protests continuing to shrink the Kashimiri youth are being forced to take up arms. The Resistance Front, an up-and-coming nonsectarian militant outfit is the latest to launch lethal attacks on the Indian occupation forces. The Draconian measures have failed to dampen the spirit of the Kashmiris who are bent upon getting rid of the Indian yoke.
India’s arbitrary tinkering with the status of IOK, an internationally recognized disputed region, led China to strongly object to the attempt to change the status quo in Ladakh. Beijing maintains that India has violated its sovereignty and encroached upon Chinese territory. With China also becoming a party in the dispute, India must forget that it can simply sweep Kashmir under the rug/