Kashmir Conflict: Arun Jaitley Says Rahul Gandhi Supports Subversive Elements

Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Photo: Congress
Congress President Rahul Gandhi. Photo: Congress

Arun Jaitley has voiced his concerns at a time when the international organizations are taking active steps to stop human rights abuses in Kashmir.

By Rakesh Raman

Arun Jaitley, a BJP leader and finance minister in the Narendra Modi government, has said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi supports subversive elements that want to break India into pieces.

In his Facebook post focused on human rights situation in Kashmir, Jaitley said Friday that Rahul Gandhi had no qualms about joining those who raised subversive slogans at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) and Hyderabad.

Recently, Rahul Gandhi had said that the turmoil in troubled Kashmir will persist even as Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has ended its alliance with the local group Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Congress president stated that the opportunistic BJP-PDP alliance set Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) to fire, killing many innocent people including brave Indian soldiers.

He added that BJP-PDP rule cost India strategically and destroyed years of hard work that Congress put along with its allies. “The damage will continue under President’s rule. Incompetence, arrogance, and hatred always fails,” the Congress president stated.

However, BJP has blamed Congress saying its leaders undermine India’s sovereignty, as Congress echoes anti-India voices on Jammu and Kashmir. BJP has also created a Twitter hashtag #CongLeTGathbandhan linking Congress with a terrorist organization.

However, most people curse Modi government for increasing trouble in Kashmir, because BJP along with PDP was ruling Kashmir. It is believed that instead of finding a peaceful political solution, the Modi government is committing extreme human rights abuses in the name of maintaining law and order in Kashmir.

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Jaitley’s post headlined “Who Is Threatening Human Rights?” blames those outfits that are raising the issue of human rights violations in Kashmir and other parts of India.

He has voiced his concerns at a time when the international organizations are taking active steps to stop human rights abuses in Kashmir.

A new report by the UN Human Rights Office suggests that there is an urgent need to address past and ongoing human rights violations and abuses and deliver justice for all people in Kashmir, who for seven decades have suffered a conflict that has claimed or ruined numerous lives.

“It is essential the Indian authorities take immediate and effective steps to avoid a repetition of the numerous examples of excessive use of force by security forces in Kashmir,” said the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’ad Al Hussein.

Zeid also has urged to establish a commission of inquiry to conduct a comprehensive independent international investigation into allegations of human rights violations in Kashmir.

The UN has demanded an unconditional access to Kashmir to record the extent of human rights violations in the troubled state. While presenting a global update on human rights concerns at the 38th session of the Human Rights Council on Monday, Zeid reiterated his calls for access to Kashmir.

Similarly, troubled by extreme human rights violations in Kashmir, a British Parliamentary Group has decided to release a report on this issue.

Chris Leslie MP, Chairperson All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kashmir chaired the meeting on Tuesday to discuss the state of unrest in Kashmir.

Kashmir has always been a conflict area between India and Pakistan since 1947 when both these countries got freedom from the British rule. In order to stake their claims over Kashmir, India and Pakistan have fought two bloody wars in 1965 and 1971, besides incessant skirmishes between the rival armies.

Pakistan is leaving no stone unturned to internationalize the burning Kashmir issue as local Kashmiris are facing the wrath of Indian security forces.

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.

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