The Sunday April 1st killings in Shopian district and in other south Kashmir areas expose Indian army’s design; that it is using demographic and psycho-graphic profiling to decimate the youth of Kashmir.
The manner of killing and the news – that chemical weapons have been used to burn down the buildings – has shaken every human soul in Kashmir, Pakistan and in many other places around the globe. Kashmiri and Pakistani community has been shaken to the core. Military leadership in Pakistan has also expressed its deep concern.
The news that Prime Minister of Pakistan is visiting Muzaffarabad, Azad Kashmir, to address the people, is a welcome step to show solidarity with the people. Address in the AJK Assembly or addressing a public gathering may have an embalming and reassuring effect. It is not enough. There is a need to take more effective and measured steps. There could be a range of actions.
One of these steps could include an in-camera meeting with representatives of various schools of opinion and notables at Muzaffarabad. Advance notices could be sent to such people living in various districts of Azad Kashmir. Kashmiri refugees living in Pakistan need to be invited to this in camera meeting, for advice and input. The issue should be addressed as a common concern.
Government of Pakistan, the State and every Pakistani has an obligation under UNCIP Resolutions and under Article 257 of the Constitution of Pakistan to help the People of Kashmir. The dignity of interest and concern, is the key.
Dr Syed Nazir Gilani is Secretary General of the London-based Jammu and Kashmir Council for Human Rights (JKCHR).