27 October: A Bloody Trail of Colonialism

The invasion of Jammu & Kashmir by India on the fateful day of October 27 is the most dreadful incident of India’s colonial history that threw the region into throes of instability and perpetual violence.

Right on this day in 1947 the leaders of the so-called secular India hurriedly rushed its troops to Srinagar in the dark of night trampling down under the jackboots the Kashmiris’ fundamental political and democratic rights for which the Indians had themselves fought for years together under and against the British rule.

The shameful act, rightly censored by neutral observers as an act of aggression, not only put a stumbling block in the way of smooth and full implementation of the agenda of partition plan in the subcontinent but also laid a horrible foundation of the deadly conflict that threatens peace and stability in the South Asian region.

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USA, EU and UK fully backed Amnesty International work in India

The United States, European Union and United Kingdom have shown their deep concern over the illegal freezing of bank accounts of Amnesty International in India last month.

The US State Department, the US Commission on International Religious Freedom (USCIRF), the European Union (EU) and the United Kingdom Foreign Office issued statements expressing concern over the government’s decision to freeze the Amnesty’s funds that forced the international human rights agency to close its office and suspend human rights work in India.

The European Union 9EU) had been the first which publicly expressed their reservations over the Indian actions. EU spokesperson for foreign affairs and security policy Nabila Massrali said that “Not prejudging the outcome of any investigation or judicial proceedings, the European Union highly values the work of Amnesty International worldwide and hopes that the matter will be resolved allowing Amnesty to continue its activities in India without interruption,”.

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OIC and Kashmir Issue

The Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan has attracted attention at various multilateral forums, including the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC), and has become an intrinsic feature in Pakistan’s diplomacy to muster support against India in the Islamic world. Pakistan has consistently highlighted the human rights violations by India in Kashmir at international forums which dismay India many times.

On Aug. 5, 2019, India unilaterally ended the special states of Kashmir and revoked the Article 370 and 35A. The illegal and ill-thought steps by India have created an opportunity to expose across the globe including among Islamic world.

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