PROFESSOR ALI SUKHANVER
The release of an executive order in April 2011by the State Government regarding the issuance of Dogra Certificates to residents ofJammuis an important proceeding in this context. This executive order has given a new identity to those whose fore-fathers had been the residents ofJammuprior to 1944. Irrespective of ethnicity, culture and language such people will be called the Dogras. This controversial executive order has invited much criticism from all the quarters in the Indian occupiedKashmir. “This fudging is aimed at disturbing the ratio of Muslim population living in Jammu and Kashmir to tip the balance in favour of Hindu community”, says Kashmir Media Service, “The hidden motive behind this order is nothing but to abolish religious identity of Muslims in Jammu and divide the State on ethnic lines, thus undermining the freedom struggle by restricting Muslims identity to Kashmir Valley only.” Under the cover of this executive order the State Government has decided very cleverly to manipulate the figures by including Armed Forces and Para Military Forces personnel deployed in the region as part of population of IOK. With the help of this executive order,Indiahas undertaken political and administrative measures to control unrest in Indian held Kashmir.
Indiais playing a bloody game with the people of Indian heldKashmirparticularly with the Kashmiri youth. On one hand certain political groups are being sent to the valley to have dialogue with pro-movement leadership but on the other hand state machinery is busy in arresting, torturing and killing Kashmiri youth under Public Safety Act (PSA). This Public Safety Act allows police to detain a person up to two years without charge or trial if he or she is considered a threat to the State. Sadbhavana is another state-operated weapon which is being used to deceive Kashmiri youth. Under the cover of Sadbhavana program young Kashmiri students are being engaged in study tours, sports activities, special classes and prize distribution ceremonies. All these activities are an attempt to make the Kashmiri youngsters forget the Indian atrocities which have made the life of innocent people of the valley, a blazing hell. At present the innocent Kashmiris are passing through the ever-worst phase of their life but the International community has done nothing so far for them. Instead of helping out the distressed people ofKashmir, some of the western leaders are simply adding salt to their injuries with their callous statements. A few weeks back the Chief of US forces in the Pacific, Adm. Robert Willard said talking to the media that turmoil inPakistanand fragile governance inIslamabadhampers resolution of Kashmirdispute.
The scenic paradise of the Indian Occupied Kashmir has been blazing with flames of fright and terror for the last many decades. Countless innocent Kashmiris have yet been injured and so many deprived of their lives. Schools, markets, offices, mosques and even the small mud-houses are presenting picture of a wasteland. Continuous curfew, non-stop strikes and much more Indian intransigence to delay meaningful dialogue on Kashmir and presence of its Army in the state are the main causes of delay in resolution ofKashmirdispute. The situation demands for a serious action including ban on draconian laws like AFSPA and PSA. The Kashmiris are a nation according to any definition. They must be given same rights which other nations are enjoying.
The writer is a Pakistan based bilingual analyst on defence and strategic affairs