Kashmir: Pakistan caught in a trap of its own making

Pakistan, a failed state being misled by its military, intelligence agency and a puppet prime minister, is desperate as never before.

Its last ray of hope of “freeing” Kashmir from India faded after New Delhi removed the special status for Jammu & Kashmir on August 5-6. Pakistanis cannot to be fooled by any further false promises on the region.

This week, Islamabad made another unsuccessful attempt to internationalise Jammu & Kashmir at the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva by alleging rights abuses by the Indian government after the region lost its special status early last month.

A day after India nailed Pakistan’s lies on the current situation in Jammu & Kashmir, a spokesman for the UN chief, Antonio Guterres, snubbed Islamabad, saying the world body will not intervene in the territory which is India’s internal matter. The spokesman, Stephane Dujarric, said India and Pakistan must sort out any issues related to the border territory through mutual talks.

Earlier, after abrogating Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu & Kashmir, India had sent a clear message to Pakistan that bilateral talks will now focus only on handing over Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) to India and stopping cross-border terrorism sponsored by Islamabad.

On Sept 12, Indian minister Jitendra Singh, who hails from Jammu & Kashmir, said PoK is the government’s next agenda while Indian Army Chief General Bipin Rawat said his forces are ready to face any scenario.

Singh was echoing similar views expressed earlier by Indian Vice-President Venkaiah Naidu, Home Minister Amit Shah and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

In his speech at UNHRC on Tuesday, Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, above, tried to impress nations by exaggerating the situation in Jammu & Kashmir, calling it the “largest prison on this planet” and comparing it to Rwanda, Srebrenica and Rohingya.

Indian representatives Vijay Thakur Singh and Vimarsh Aryan, on the other hand, said the clampdown imposed on Jammu & Kashmir last month after scrapping its special status is gradually being eased. Connectivity and mobility have been restored in most areas.

The two then listed the benefits awaiting Kashmiris after the abrogation of Article 370.

For instance, all sections of people living in Kashmir, Jammu and Ladakh will have the same rights and privileges enjoyed by citizens elsewhere. Besides ensuring gender equality, it will guarantee the right to education, jobs and property to non-Kashmiri Muslims, Sikhs, Jains, Buddhists, Christians and Hindus living there over decades, they said. 

At UNHRC, Pakistan’s rhetoric failed and India’s truth succeeded. Ahead of the meeting, Pakistani minister Mehmood Qureshi blurted out the truth to media that Jammu & Kashmir is part of India.

It was indeed a disastrous week for Pakistan.