Kashmir, Burhan Wani, India, Curfew In Kashmir, Kashmir Struggle Movement, Kashmiri Youth, Burhan Wani, Pellets, Indian Army, Human Rights

The present Kashmiri generation is by all accounts far more firm; dedicated and unmistakably bound to one single idea which is to reclaim its right of self-determination from the occupation of India. In spite of the fact that they are not armed at all and fight with only stones and sticks as their lone weapons, their will is strong and their possibilities are immense. They have dared to stand against the world’s fourth biggest military and second most populated country: the purported secular nation. The Kashmiri youth is aware that the accomplishment of their objective is hard, however, it is not difficult to accomplish with their unwavering will. The inspiration which keeps the Kashmiri youth alive is that Kashmir is not a portion of India and Kashmiris don’t wish to end up as some portion of India, regardless of the fundamental Indian endeavors in these recent seven decades.

Burhan Wani, a young Kashmiri youth of 22 years of age was an inspiration for his associates and peers fighting via peaceful and legal means to get the rights of Kashmir as well as for Kashmiri voices to be heard and acknowledged internationally.  Burhan Wani had no desires of any armed struggle, however, the winds changed and two of Wani’s brothers were mercilessly killed by the Indian Army which led Burhan to take up arms to forward his mission to fight for the self-determination of Kashmir, in which he himself sacrificed his life on 8th July 2016. Here, India needs to understand that killing Burhan Wani has not ended the struggle for Kashmir. In reality, they have bequeathed every house as Wani’s home and turned every individual of Kashmir into Burhan Wani, and they will not stop until they achieve their purpose.

The new technique India is utilizing against the enduring Kashmiri youth who are resolved to get their right of self-determination is the utilization of “buckshot firearm; a pellet explosive” giving an impression that these are ‘non-deadly weapons’. However, the consequences of the usage of pellet guns are worse than any lethal weapon. In the past three weeks since the passing of Wani, more than 250 individuals, from mostly the 4th generation of Kashmiris, have lost their one or both eyes. As per specialists, a large portion of the patients who got the steel balls has lost their visual perception either partially or completely. Depicting a classic impact of the pellet gun, a specialist said, “It’s a deplorable outcome, worse than death.” It is a truly pitiful and wretched situation in which the blood of innocent Kashmiris is spilled as the international community keeps its eyes closed waiting for these people to die a natural death. According to another eye specialist, it is exceptionally hard to take out the little steel pellets from the retinas of harmed individuals. In a civilized world, no nation utilizes these weapons against its own masses and this clearly reveals the fact that Kashmir is not and never will be part of India. The time has come that India itself has realized it. The Indian methodology unmistakably indicates that India is utilizing this weapon not against its own particular masses but rather, the general population whom, it is occupying illegally via force.

Keeping in view a report in DTE, the pellet weapons utilized by the CRPF and the state police are crafted at the Indian Ordinance Factory Ammunition Factory which is situated in Pune and the shots are made of lead. The report states that the use of these pellet guns does not follow UN measures as per ‘Fundamental Principles on the Use of Force and Firearms by Law Enforcement Officials’ as pellet weapons are intended to be utilized at some distance.

Basic principles of human rights express that law enforcement will apply peaceful means before depending on the utilization of power and practice restriction in using or applying force and act in accordance with the reality of the offense and the genuine goal to be accomplished. Moreover, it requires that administrations must guarantee that subjective or abusive utilization of power/force by the law enforcement authorities is taken as a criminal offense under their law, which is not seen or even heard of in case of Kashmir.

By paying insufficient respect to the ideas and norms of UN, Indian authorities are perpetrating genuine wounds and lasting disabilities to peaceful Kashmiris. There is likewise an absence of assurance for those harmed by pellets as they are liable to further badgering from the Indian police and military while they are being treated in hospitals.

Since July 9, 2016, the Kashmir Valley is completely under curfew. Regardless of curfew, the struggle movement of Kashmiri youth is picking up impulse with every passing day. This phenomenal new motivation of the Kashmir struggle movement is beyond comprehension of both the unlawful Indian leadership and also the so called Kashmiri government which is set up by the Indians. This is why the agitated Indian External Affairs Minister, Ms. Swaraj said on July 23, 2016, that, “whole Jammu and Kashmir belong to India, and that it (Kashmir) will never be with Pakistan”. The Minister surely has overlooked the fact that Kashmiris have been battling against Indian occupation for as long as seven decades now. Had Kashmir been their decision, there would not have been such a struggle for their right of self-determination. Kashmiri individuals never battled against the state, individuals or the security strengths of Pakistan. They take Pakistan as their definitive destination and home. This is the ground reality and a pronounced certainty.

By using power or any other means, India can never succeed in breaking the unflinching will of Kashmiri youth. The bogus claims of Kashmir being an ‘integral part of India’ have been and will be a dream; Kashmiris have never even slightly validated these false claims. In fact, Kashmir has been under illegal occupation of India since October 27, 1947. It is being governed, as Article 370 of the Indian Constitution states, not as an essential part but rather as a makeshift and transitional course of action. Kashmiri’s rights of self-determination, for which they have struggled so long, is the main route forward. The sooner India understands this, the better it would be, not only for New Delhi but South Asian nations and also the major powers involved.

In conclusion, rather than executing the innocent and unarmed Kashmiri youth, India ought to focus on solving the Kashmir issue according to their wishes and according to the UN resolutions, on the off chance that it is truly a socialized country and a law-based state as India propagates.

Sidra Khan

Sidra Khan

has done M.Phil in International Relations from the National Defence University, Islamabad.

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