Chief of the Army Staff (COAS) General Qamar Javed Bajwa while condemning the Indian occupation of Kashmir stated that “the repression of Indian occupying forces can never suppress the valiant spirit of Kashmiris who rightfully await the awakening of the international community for a plebiscite in Kashmir under the UN resolutions”.
In his message on the occasion of the Kashmir Solidarity Day, the army chief said regardless of the ordeal, the struggle of Kashmiris is destined to succeed. Kashmiri leaders have vowed to free Kashmir from the Indian army occupation. Chairman of Hurriyat forum, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, expressed his gratitude to the people and government of Pakistan for their unflinching support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir for the right to self-determination.
“The people of Jammu and Kashmir and the Hurriyat appreciate the government of Pakistan and its leadership who has always extended all possible support to our political movement for the resolution of Kashmir dispute”.
The Kashmir dispute dates from 1947. The partition of the Indian sub-continent along religious lines led to the formation of India and Pakistan but Kashmir despite its Muslim majority remained under the occupation of the Indian army. The Kashmiri people were denied the right of self-determination according to the partition agreement between the Nehru and Jinnah.
515 Kashmiris have been martyred since July 2016 in the occupied valley after the custodial killing of Burhan Wani by Indian forces on July 8, 2016. Buhran Wani sacrificed his life for Kashmiri people. His opposition to Indian occupation and his unrelenting struggle forced the Indians to intensify their barbaric methods of crushing the people of Kashmir.
The Indian army started the use of pellet guns – at least 20,935 including women and children were injured. The use of pellet guns also led to 73 people losing their eyesight. Approximately 11,864 youth are also on the verge of losing their eyesight due to the use of pellet guns.
Despite condemnation of Indian forces by its own media and international human rights organisations worldwide the Indian army continued with this new barbaric methodology. The Indian army thought that blinding young boys and girls demanding freedom on the streets would deter them from throwing rocks at them. The intensity of rocks falling on the Indian army increased – even school girls joined the boys to condemn the Army occupation.
65,815 residential houses, shops and other structures were damaged by Indian forces. 11,000 people including 757 women were disgraced or molested since Wani’s martyrdom.
Since January 1998 till February 5, 2018, at least 94,907 Kashmiris have been martyred by Indian forces. It was India which took Kashmir issue in 1949 to the UN and asked for a plebiscite but by later reneged on its promises to the Kashmiri people and starting hiding behind the Simla agreement.
India has stubbornly thwarted all attempts to let UN or third-party mediation to resolve the Kashmir issue.