Perhaps the oldest roots of resentment between Pakistan and India lie with the issue of Kashmir. Pakistan’s stance of Kashmir has been to advocate for the rights of millions of Muslims living Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK), while the Indian authorities are committed to doing whatever it takes to achieve control in IOK.
The pursuit of control has lead to mass murders of Kashmiris who are still protesting everyday for their rights, as the Indian lockdown of nine million Muslims in the Kashmir Valley enters its third year. While coverage of the issue by international media is scarce, it is still not going completely unnoticed. This would mount immense pressure on any state, especially if that state happens to be claiming that it supports human rights, like the rest of the world.
Pakistan has been maintaining vigorous diplomacy regarding the happening in Indian Occupied Kashmir and criticizing India’s mass genocides of Kashmiris. The question remains, it that going to be enough for India to reinstate Kashmir’s autonomy? The chances of that happening seem meek, but it significantly depends on the situation brewing in Kashmir and a few key factors.
The Kashmiri population’s resistance in Indian-Occupied Kashmir against the government has to yet again brave the consequences being enforced by the Indian armed forces. The resistance must prevail and continue to grow, for there to be a significant pressure on India regarding the atrocities it is trying to conceal. However, it is apparent that the Kashmiri resistance cannot and will not die down until the issue is resolved. The people of the beautiful Valley consider the resistance as their own and continue to support it, regardless of the increasing brutality by the Indian armed forces.
The other factor is if there is a shift in Indian attitude towards Kashmir, it is only possible if Modi faces a significant political opposition in India. The RSS backed BJP government’s sole campaign of preferring Hindus and accomplishing what all the hardcore Hindu supremacists’ desire has put it on top of the political food chain. There are little to no prospects of any politically significant opposition to BJP and Modi’s Aug 5 decision. RSS and BJP have gained massive support because many Hindu extremists share the same sentiments.
The response of the UN and major super powers regarding Kashmir is bleak and doesn’t have any action to the back up the statements. The reason for it is apparent, the international community might criticize, condemn, embarrass and annoy India, but that is all there is to it. Kashmir is seen as colossal Eurasian struggle and taking a side is the same as kissing the money they earn via trade good bye. It is one of the world’s harsher realities, profit always takes precedence over humanity and India strategically is more significant for advancing their own agendas than Pakistan.
What will happen if India decides to carry out massacres and mass genocides in Kashmir? What can Pakistan do if such a situation arises? It will be discussed further in Part 2.
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17 November, 2019