In­dia chains en­tire Hur­riyat lead­er­ship

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Sin­clud­ing INCE decades, In­dia has been us­ing dif­fer­ent cheap and dirty tac­tics

bru­tal use of force to sup­press the voices of Kash­miri peo­ple seek­ing their birth right to self de­ter­mi­na­tion but th­ese have all along failed to achieve the foul ob­jec­tives. The rea­son is strong de­ter­mi­na­tion and will of the Kash­miri peo­ple who are spilling ev­ery drop of their blood to get the right that is very much en­shrined in sev­eral UN res­o­lu­tions but the dou­ble stan­dards of some pow­ers are hin­der­ing their im­ple­men­ta­tion.

Scenes of op­pres­sion and co­er­cion are a rou­tine af­fair in the life of a Kash­miri in oc­cu­pied Kash­mir who has to face the pos­si­bil­ity of ar­bi­trary ar­rest, tor­ture, fre­quent cor­don searches and ex­tra-ju­di­cial killings. Against the killing of a youth in Srinagar, the Kash­miri peo­ple had planned to hold a demon­stra­tion on Wed­nes­day but in sheer disregard to their rights, the In­dian troops again re­sorted to strict mea­sures in­clud­ing putting the en­tire Hur­riyat lead­ers Mir Waiz Umar Fa­rooq, Syed Ali Gi­lani and Muham­mad Yasin Ma­lik un­der house ar­rest or be­hind the bars to foil the sit-in protest. Th­ese In­dian tac­tics are not some­thing new for the Kash­miri peo­ple but th­ese clearly ex­pose the evil and ugly face of the coun­try, which never gets tired of blow­ing the trum­pet of be­ing the largest democ­racy in the world. In fact, it is the fourth gen­er­a­tion of Kash­miri peo­ple that is fight­ing for the right to self de­ter­mi­na­tion and de­spite all the evil In­dian ma­neu­vers, in­clud­ing the one to link the free­dom move­ment with ter­ror­ism, it has failed to bring any change in the stance of Kash­miri peo­ple who are as firm and res­o­lute to­day as they were years ago to get them­selves free from the yoke of In­dian sub­ju­ga­tion. It will, there­fore, be ad­vis­able for New Delhi to stop mak­ing failed at­tempts of chok­ing the voice of Kash­miri peo­ple and sit to­gether with the Pak­istani and Kash­miri lead­er­ship to find a so­lu­tion that is ac­cept­able to the Kash­miri peo­ple for peace and sta­bil­ity in this con­flict rid­den re­gion.

TRUST deficit has deep­ened be tween Pak­istan and the US since May 21, 2016, when the CIA-op­er­ated drone strike killed the Chief of the Afghan Tal­iban Mul­lah Akhtar Man­sour in Nushki, Balochis­tan. On June 10, this year, a high-level del­e­ga­tion of the US vis­ited Islamabad and met Pak­istan’s Chief of the Army Staff Gen. Ra­heel Sharif and Ad­viser to the Prime Min­is­ter Nawaz Sharif on For­eign Af­fairs Sar­taj Aziz Ad­viser sep­a­rately.

Dur­ing the meet­ing, ex­press­ing his se­ri­ous con­cern on the US drone strike in Balochis­tan as a vi­o­la­tion of Pak­istan’s sovereignty, Chief ofArmy Staff, Gen. Ra­heel Sharif high­lighted as to how it had im­pacted the mu­tual trust and was coun­ter­pro­duc­tive in con­sol­i­dat­ing the gains of Op­er­a­tion Zarb-e-Azb. Gen. Ra­heel Sharif by elab­o­rated, “All stake­hold­ers need to un­der­stand Pak­istan’s chal­lenges…in­ter-tribal link­ages and decades-old pres­ence of over three mil­lion refugees…blam­ing Pak­istan for in­sta­bil­ity in Afghanistan is un­for­tu­nate…tar­get TTP and Mul­lah Fa­zlul­lah in their bases in Afghanistan…RAW and NDS are of fo­ment­ing ter­ror­ism…Pak­istan is committed to work for a long term peace process for Afghanistan un­der Quadri­lat­eral Co­or­di­na­tion Group frame­work.”

How­ever, Amer­ica’s open dou­ble stan­dards in re­la­tion to In­dia and Pak­istan and se­cret dou­ble game with the lat­ter have cre­ated un­bridge­able trust deficit be­tween Pak­istan and the US. The US has al­ways pre­ferred

THERE have been re­ports in the western me­dia and also un­wit tingly re­pro­duced in a sec­tion of Pak­istani Press that China is curb­ing re­li­gious free­dom in Xin­jiang.Ac­cord­ing to the fal­la­cious re­port, China has banned civil ser­vants, stu­dents and teach­ers in its mainly Mus­lim Xin­jiang re­gion from fast­ing dur­ing Ra­madan and or­dered restau­rants to stay open. This scribe vis­ited Xin­jiang in Ra­madan and has in­ter­viewed gov­ern­ment ser­vants and or­di­nary Chi­nese Mus­lims as well as Pak­ista­nis in the Mus­lim ma­jor­ity prov­ince and found that the allegation lack­ing ve­rac­ity.

The Xin­jiang Uygur Au­ton­o­mous Re­gion or Xin­jiang is lo­cated in north­west China. For thou­sands of years it has been a multi-eth­nic re­gion of mul­ti­ple re­li­gions. At present, the ma­jor re­li­gions in Xin­jiang are Is­lam, Bud­dhism, Protes­tantism, Catholi­cism and Tao­ism.

Af­ter the Peo­ple’s Repub­lic of China was founded, peo­ple of all eth­nic groups in Xin­jiang gained the free­dom of re­li­gious be­lief. The cen­tral gov­ern­ment and lo­cal gov­ern­ments at all lev­els of Xin­jiang have fully im­ple­mented the sys­tem of re­gional eth­nic au­ton­omy and the pol­icy on the free­dom of re­li­gious be­lief, and con­stantly im­proved laws and reg­u­la­tions on the ad­min­is­tra­tion of re­li­gious af­fairs. The ma­jor­ity pop­u­la­tion of Xin­jiang is Is­lam and till re­cently, the prov­ince lagged be­hind the more op­u­lent Eastern re­gion of China, which led to a sense of de­pri­va­tion amongst the peo­ple. The feel­ings of ne­glect were


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