Half Year 2020 in Kashmir

By: Altaf Ahmed Bhat

New Year brings Happiness, a promise and Hope for prosperity, but Kashmir: A Utopian Land with Dystopian lives is the unfortunate region of the world which despite having all the elements of prosperity, Economics, and Natural habitat is still under the dark clouds of occupation. After the Modi government scrapped Article 370 & 35A, Kashmir was thrust into a digital black hole, additional troops were deployed, and punitive measures were applied on besieged Kashmiri people. The repealing of Articles followed with arrest of thousands of youth, Political leaders, and economical breakdown of the region. The first quarter of year 2020 was followed by COVID-19 pandemic, which added another lockdown in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir (IOJ&K). Indian brutal forces started using COVID-19 cover to traumatize Kashmiris, Target Kill youth, demolish houses in fake Cordon and Search Operations, and demolish properties worth millions of dollars. While Modi and his companions Amit Shah and Ajit Doval were introducing new domicile law to flood the demography of Kashmir with Non Resident Hindus, the brutal forces started fake cordon and search operations. In which 100 youth are target killed in 2020, 60 houses are completely demolished with explosives, while 800 people are critically injured. The New domicile law will alter the demography of Muslim Majority Kashmir into Hindu majority in longer run, to start with, Indian government has already provided domicile status to 300,000 Hindus. Blood of the Kashmiri Youth became so cheap for Indian brutal forces that the current month of June is the bloodiest month so far, 22 Kashmiri youth were target killed in 12 days, while a hundred were injured, and loss to the properties is enormous. Continuous fake CASO’s & lockdown has created an environment of Chaos and uncertainty, Children and youngsters are facing psychological trauma, no one knows what will happen next, and what will happen to them. It is worth mentioning that this is the Triple Lockdown, the first lockdown was in 1989, second while repealing Article 370 and 35A, and the third one due to COVID-19. Indian Forces have used all of these lockdowns to Kill Kashmiri Youth, Suppress the Voice for Freedom, Molest Women, destroy properties and breakdown the economy of IOJ&K. Since 1989, more than 100,000 Kashmiris lost their lives, 110,327 structures destroyed, 160,487 civilians arrested, while 11,204 women are raped. The freedom struggle of Kashmiris is actually Love for Pakistan and Hatred for India, hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri Martyrs being buried in Pakistani flag is the manifestation that Kashmiris want to be with Pakistan. OIC Contact groups emergency Virtual Conference of the situations in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir is highly appreciable, as amidst the COVID-19 outbreak Foreign Ministers of Muslim Countries raised voice for the besieged people of IOJ&K. Their demand for halting Military Operation, illegal detentions, use of Force, and violation of International laws must be accepted by India on immediate basis. OIC is the most powerful organizations of Islamic Countries, and Kashmiri people expect help and staunch support from it. To start with if all the OIC Countries start putting pressure on Modi by banning the import of Non Halal products from India, and to complete boycott of Indian Goods, Products, and services from India until India expels its Brutal Occupational Forces from the region, and gives Kashmiri’s their birthright as agreed upon, and according to UN resolutions. The Immediate issue is the acute shortage of Food, Medical supplies and health facilities, amidst the COVID-19 outbreak and lockdown the situations are worsening day by day. Pakistani Government and Prime Minister Imran Khan should announce and offer a handsome relief package to United Nations for the besieged people of Kashmir as he announced 8 billion US dollars for people of Pakistan. And UN should ask India to allow International Relief and health organizations to IOJ&K for relief and health care activities for besieged people of IOJK who are under lockdown for last 324 days. Modi’s Warmongering attitude is jeopardizing the peace and stability of South Asia, its border issues with China and Nepal, Ceasefire Violations on LOC are steps to throw South Asia into a bloody War. It is high time International Organizations must pay heed to Fascist Modi’s ill designs, or else the clouds of war surfacing in South Asia will have disastrous consequences. -The Writer is well known Kashmiri Freedom Seeker, Human Rights Activist, working for Humanity. Chairman Jammu Kashmir Voice of Victims