Published On: Sun, Oct 30th, 2016

New Delhi’s shameless tactics post Uri attack

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uriPost Uri attack India has successfully managed to divert attention away from the plight of the Kashmiri people and their suffering in Indian occupied Kashmir. Once again the Kashmir issue has been pushed into the background, with India painting Pakistani establishment as the villain, and playing the victim card for itself.

Before the Uri attack took place, Kashmir was making headlines and the International media was highlighting the excessive force carried out by the Indian Security Forces. We were witnessing a new interest in the Kashmiri struggle, with people beginning to question India on its tactics and handling of the fresh uprising. New Delhi was most certainly feeling the heat, which makes the timing of the Uri attack very convenient and handy for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Now we are not talking about Kashmir; all that we hear are accusations and venomous statements. India is leaving no stone unturned to malign Pakistan’s image on an International level and a recent summit (BRICS) is just another example of the extremes India is willing to go to. Referring to Pakistan as the “Mother Ship of terrorism,” Narendra Modi has sent a clear signal to Islamabad and the rest of the world. Restoring cordial relations is clearly not on the cards.

And the troubling part in all of this is the role of the rest of the world. We have seen various world leaders sharing platforms with Narendra Modi, all smiles and signing new agreements. But no one has had the moral courage to raise the issue of Kashmir, or to question India’s aggressive attitude towards Pakistan. The conscience of the world appears to be fast asleep, with no one willing to even utter a single word in favour of the people of Indian occupied Kashmir. It is a tragedy, and says a lot about the lack of humanity within us.

India’s favourite tactic of diverting attention from Kashmir is nothing new. We have seen this tried and tested formula from India in the past. But under the government of Narendra Modi, we are seeing India take the aggression up to another level. Curfew in Kashmir has gone past 100 days and basic Human Right is being violated. But India is not battering an eye lid. Other than a few sane voices, not many are questioning their government’s atrocious and unacceptable handling of the Kashmir uprising. Instead, India seems more interested in “liberating” Baluchistan. Only India can see comparisons between Baluchistan and Indian occupied Kashmir.

The fight against terrorism has now become a global issue. The whole world is facing the threat of terror and global cooperation is essential in order to fight this growing cancer. Unfortunately India has used the terrorism card shamelessly in order to scare the world, and to link Kashmir’s uprising to terrorism. Men, women and children that stand up to Security Forces with a few stones in their hands cannot be labelled as terrorists. However, deliberately shooting people in the eyes, randomly picking up men and young boys, killing them and dumping their bodies, now that can labelled as state terrorism.

But in today’s world perception is everything. India has worked very hard on its International image and has managed to generate a great deal of support world over, something which Pakistan seriously lacks at present. India may not have isolated Pakistan in the way it had intended, but India has most certainly given the Kashmir movement a huge setback. If Pakistan had more presence in the International arena, perhaps the Kashmir cause would not have suffered to this extent.

India’s strategy from here onwards is clear cut: keep attacking Pakistan Internationally and do not talk about Kashmir. And so far it seems to be working for New Delhi. India really does not have much to lose, and quite frankly, neither does Pakistan. Pakistan might as well go all out on the diplomatic front and push for the Kashmir cause at every level. There is no other option.

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