Demilitarization is the only way out
Killings in Kashmir are going on for years now. Every day we see newspapers full of reports of civilians killed here and there. For the past many decades, the people of Kashmir have offered huge sacrifices to achieve their goal of right to self determination. Death is an ultimate reality. But in Kashmir killings are losing the count, and civilians are dying for none of their faults. People every day take to streets demanding freedom. And doing so is their right. They can’t sit idle and watch the oppression as mute spectators. The government of India has been intensifying its oppression in Kashmir since 1950. India is resorting to “negative aggression” in Kashmir.
The UN General Assembly resolution 3314 of 1974 says that “an invasion is an aggression but negative aggression is where a foreign force, once by invitation for a limited purpose, exceeds that purpose or refuse to return on the revocation of the invitation or the use of armed forces on the territory of another state with the states agreement out side or beyond the scope of that agreement governing their use also falls within the ambit of aggression”. Overall, it can be defined as the brutal suppression of peoples’ voices. One should question the need of having over 5 lakh troops in Jammu and Kashmir. An American organization recently said that it was the “main cause of killings” and violence in the Valley. Noted Indian intellectual, Arunadhati Roy, says the number Indian soldiers operating Kashmir is nearly 7 Lakh. A world record book while describing Kashmir as disputed territory says the region has the world’s highest concentration of troops. Rather than addressing the issues concerning people, politicians at New Delhi and the state are busy making the mockery of the sentiments of people. To justify the presence of troops in Kashmir, New Delhi comes up with statements like these. Infiltration on rise: Antony; The current situation is under control: General Deepak Kapoor; Troop Cut a political Decision: IAF Chief. Aren’t these statements contradictory? It is just a tactic to confuse people! Unless the state is demilitarized, killings will continue.
Basharat Amin Allaqband
Indian Institute Of Human Rights New Delhi
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