ISLAMABAD: It seems that the world powers pay no heed to the problems and disputes around the world. They seem more concerned and focused on their own benefit through global politics. The Kashmir issue has been left pending for the last 72 years. There have been three wars between Pakistan and India due to this. The people of India- occupied Kashmir have been suffering for a long time, but the international community seems oblivious to this. Recently, the BJP in India after winning the landslide victory in the elections has seriously started implementing the “Hinduvta” ideology. PM Modi has subjected people of IOK to the worst kind of repression and abrogated the special status of Kashmir under the Indian constitution. The international community did not seem to bat an eyelid until Pakistan raised its voice internationally. The UNSC met to discuss the issue at the request of Pakistan and China, which highlighted the issue all over the world. However, India doesn’t pay much attention to international pressure and claims that Kashmir is an internal matter and the issue must be resolved bilaterally by India and Pakistan alone. Many countries have urged both Pakistan and India to resolve the issue. However, had India been sincere in resolving it, they would not have backed out of talks with Pakistan under one pretext or the other. The suggestion that India and Pakistan would address the issue bilaterally seems unjust and would only prolong sufferings of the people of IOK. The international powers must intervene and help resolve the dispute to rid the people of Indian-occupied Kashmir from the worst kind of state- inflicted atrocities.
Published in The Express Tribune, August 22nd, 2019.