Rahul Gandhi Denied Entry. Situation Scary in Kashmir

A Kashmir solidarity rally under the banner #PakistanStandsWithKashmir being held in Islamabad on August 23. Photo: Information Department of Pakistan Government
A Kashmir solidarity rally under the banner #PakistanStandsWithKashmir being held in Islamabad on August 23. Photo: Information Department of Pakistan Government

The Modi government’s annexation of Kashmir is being viewed as a unilateral, authoritarian move, which is expected to make Kashmir a veritable inferno because most people of Kashmir do not want to live under Indian rule.

By Rakesh Raman

As Kashmir has become an authoritatively annexed area, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today was not allowed to enter Kashmir and sent back from Srinagar airport.

He was leading a delegation of 12 political leaders who wanted to know the plight of the Kashmiri people who have been held captive by the Indian security forces that have taken control of Kashmir, which is a disputed territory between India and Pakistan.

“The government is saying everything is okay here and everything is normal. If everything is normal why are we not allowed to enter?” questioned Rahul Gandhi.

Of late, the tension between India and Pakistan and the unrest in Kashmir have escalated, as the Indian government headed by Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi abruptly abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution that ensured special privileges for the people of Kashmir.

Although the Kashmir issue is internationally recognized as a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, Modi government has claimed that the change of the constitutional status in Kashmir is its internal matter in which Pakistan cannot interfere.

However, Pakistan is leaving no stone unturned to inform the international community including the UN Security Council (UNSC) about the Indian atrocities on the unarmed people of Kashmir. Pakistan PM Imran Khan spoke with German Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday to apprise her about the human rights violation being committed by India in Kashmir.

Pakistan is also mobilizing support from the global Muslim community to hold protests to support the freedom movement of Kashmiris – most of whom are Muslims. They are showing their support under the banner “Pakistan Stands With Kashmir.”

The Modi government’s annexation of Kashmir is being viewed as a unilateral, authoritarian move, which is expected to make Kashmir a veritable inferno because most people of Kashmir do not want to live under Indian rule.

As the Modi government has taken the decision against the will of nearly 8 million Kashmiris, the government is expecting a backlash from the locals who attack the violent Indian security personnel with stones.

In order to suppress the voice of people with force, India has imposed curfew in Kashmir while people are virtually jailed in their homes. Plus, the despotic Indian regime is not allowing the press to cover the fateful situation in Kashmir.

The Indian government has also arrested nearly 400 politicians, including former Kashmir Chief Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, who want freedom for Kashmiris.

Unconfirmed reports suggest that people in Kashmir are breaking the curfew and holding protests and demonstrations against the dictatorial move of the Modi government. It is believed that some 10,000 protesters have been punished by the authorities.

UN Secretary-General António Guterres urged the enemy countries to exercise maximum restraint and resolve the Kashmir issue with peaceful means. He also has expressed his concern over reports of restrictions on the Indian side of Kashmir, which – he said – could exacerbate the human rights situation in the region.

The entire region is now under the control of heavily armed Indian security forces. It is stated that India has deployed nearly 900,000 security people to control unarmed Kashmiris, and nearly 80,000 civilians have been killed in the conflicts during the past 7 decades.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.

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