The India-Pakistan Armies on Saturday exchanged sweets along the Line of Control at various border points in Jammu and Kashmir on the occasion of Pakistan Independence Day.
Blood and grief have become an inseparable part of every Kashmiri's life under Indian occupation
According to CJ Werleman, a journalist and analyst on conflict, India has accelerated its plan to ethnically cleanse Kashmir by flooding the territory with Hindu nationalist settlers and expanding military operations. "This leaves 8 million people on the brink of a human rights catastrophe," he cautioned. Werleman also criticized the Bharatiya Janata Party government for introducing the controversial domicile law."Evidence for India's violations of international and humanitarian law can be found in the way New Delhi has granted 25,000 domicile certificates to non-Kashmiri natives in the past month," said Werleman, who has recently published a report that documents hate crimes against Muslims in India.
On the heavy presence of the Indian military in Kashmir, Werleman said: "No other population on earth is subjected to the same kind of round-the-clock military surveillance and harassment experienced by Kashmir's indigenous population."More than one million Indian soldiers, he said, have been deployed to suppress fewer than 150 armed anti-Indian occupation fighters.
"But that's the point - the soldiers aren't there to provide security, but rather to crush Kashmiri liberation aspirations."Prime Minister Narendra Modi, according to Werleman, is sorely mistaken if he believes the international community won't exact a heavy political and economic cost on his government's intent to colonize Kashmir."The Black Lives Matter movement has re-energized anti-colonial movements around the world," he said.
"A record numbers of global citizens now equate the victimization of black communities in the United States with the victimization of those living under colonial rule in Palestine, East Turkestan, and Kashmir," said Werleman.
View from Pakistan
"Kashmiris continue to be abducted, tortured, maimed and killed by Indian forces, and the world remains silent," said Dr. Talat A Wizarat, an expert in international studies and foreign policy. Indian aggression and the policies implemented in Kashmir, Wizarat said, were taken from the Israeli playbook.
"You see the same tactics that are being used in Palestine are now being used by Modi in Kashmir," said Dr. Wizarat. "Modi government believes that if Israel can get away with the crimes in Palestine, so can they," she added. The struggle, she said, has been escalated to a point of no return. "The Kashmiri people have no choice but to fight against the brutal occupation," said Dr. Wizarat.Condemning the international community for its silence on Kashmir, Dr. Wizarat said: "The west has adopted the policy of appeasement. They have been bending over backwards to appease Modi just so they can continue to do business with India," she said.
Since its illegal annexation last year, the nationalist government in India has introduced laws and rules to alter the demography of the Muslim-majority territory. "Any change in the demography of Kashmir by the occupying power is a violation of international laws and conventions," explained Dr. Wizarat.
The move has fueled anxiety among the Kashmiri people, who are already enduring the toughest clampdown. For months, Kashmir was completely isolated. Internet connections and phone lines were cut, rendering millions of people incommunicado."For the people of Kashmir, every day is Martyrs Day. The brutal force and restrictions used against them will not deter them from their ultimate objective said," said Dr. Wizarat.
The lockdowns and restrictions the world has witnessed due to the Covid-19 pandemic, she said, has been a reality for Kashmir for decades."The people of Kashmir have been living in a constant state of hopelessness and confinement. That has morphed into a severe psychological crisis," she cautioned.
The Modi regime, she said, is using every trick in their bag, to test the resolve of the Kashmiri people. "They have been subjected to psychological torture for decades," added Dr. Wizarat. "Rape, torture, and the killings are used as weapons against the people of Kashmir," she said.
Taking a potshot at Modi's desire to elevate India to the status of regional power, Wizarat said: "To claim the status of regional power, India must act as a leader first." New Delhi, she said, has isolated itself due to its actions in the region.
Meanwhile, Pakistan Rangers and BSF today exchanged sweets on the occasion of Pakistan Independence Day at various BOPs under Jammu Frontier.