Jammu & Kash­mir vot­ers have their say

The Sun (Malaysia) - - SPEAK UP -

I HAVE seen the ar­ti­cle ti­tled “Kash­mir: The world should stand up” pub­lished in theSun on Sept 22. The ar­ti­cle has been au­thored by Dr Chan­dra Muzaf­far, pres­i­dent of JUST, Malaysia.

I am con­strained to say that the ar­ti­cle is mis­in­formed, mis­lead­ing and lacks ob­jec­tiv­ity, par­tic­u­larly since it pro­vides an ex­cuse for ter­ror­ism and seeks dis­mem­ber­ment of a sov­er­eign na­tion.

In this con­text, I would like to flag three spe­cific points:

(i) The state of Jammu & Kash­mir is an in­te­gral part of In­dia. Demo­cratic elec­tions have been reg­u­larly held in the state, in­clud­ing in 2014 on the last oc­ca­sion, where the peo­ple of Jammu & Kash­mir have ex­er­cised their right of fran­chise in a free and fair man­ner to elect their rep­re­sen­ta­tives to the Jammu & Kash­mir State leg­is­la­ture and the Par­lia­ment of In­dia.

(ii) The re­cent up­surge in vi­o­lence and ter­ror­ist ac­tiv­i­ties in the state of Jammu & Kash­mir is fo­mented by forces from across the bor­der to dis­rupt peace and de­vel­op­ment ac­tiv­i­ties in the state of Jammu & Kash­mir. The peo­ple of the state have demon­strated com­mend­able re­silience in the face of dis­tur­bance.

(iii) In­dian se­cu­rity forces have ex­er­cised max­i­mum re­straint in deal­ing with the vi­o­lence that has been in­sti­gated from across the bor­der.

The Gov­ern­ment of In­dia ap­pre­ci­ates the un­der­stand­ing shown by the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity to­wards the dif­fi­cul­ties be­ing faced by the Gov­ern­ment of In­dia in fac­ing the ter­ror on­slaught from groups based across the bor­der.

Nikhilesh Giri Deputy High Com­mis­sioner of In­dia Kuala Lumpur

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