The dossier on IOK and world’s criminal silence: Shafaqna Exclusive

by Tauqeer Abbas

Pakistan has shared with the world another dossier of Indian involvement in war crimes and genocide in occupied Jammu and Kashmir along with the gross human rights violations against Kashmiris. These are serious violations of the customary rules and treaty laws concerning international humanitarian law that are accepted as criminal offences and must be investigated against the Modi regime.

The document gives gruesome details of Indian atrocities since 1989 which have rendered the region as the world’s largest open prison, including war crimes, mass graves, torture, enforced disappearances, use of pellet guns, snipers, violence against women and children, and the use of cluster ammunition against civilians.  Cluster munitions are explosive weapons that pose a severe risk and are banned under international conventions, although both India and Pakistan are not yet signatories.

It contains three chapters detailing 113 references, 26 of which are international media review reports, in the words of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and 41 are repots from India’s own media and think tanks. This is a far more logical, and practical, way of moving forward in dealing with this deadlock than constantly trying to throw mud at the other party, as India has quite clearly decided to do. In a fit of frustration over losing its foothold in Afghanistan with the return of the Taliban, it went into a frenzy of false, accusatory propaganda against the government of Pakistan. But it’s plans to win brownie points from the international community badly backfired when major media outlets rubbished its ridiculous claims by providing adequate proof.

Still, the one thing that can be counted on with complete surety is that Delhi will learn no lessons from the recent embarrassment. It is only too used to waving its commercial market in the face of anybody who objects to its positions. Therefore, Islamabad is acting very wisely by constantly presenting evidence to the international community that very clearly incriminates the Indian state. With time, this pressure will reach a critical mass and voters in influential countries will begin questioning the silence of their leaders on such grave violations of human rights as well as international law. Slowly but surely, the tide shall turn. And Pakistan’s diplomatic persistence will be the cause of it. *

Shafaqna Pakistan

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