Ringing alarm bell
The Prime Minister Imran Khan, in an interview with two journalists of the US newspaper New York Times, has drawn the attention of international community to the escalation of hostilities by India along the line of control and cautioned that it could turn out as harbinger of war between the two nuclear armed neighbours. He ruled out any possibility of talks with India in the prevailing extremely tensed scenario and elaborated the point that his repeated overtures for peace and dialogue were taken as appeasement by the Hindu fascist and Supremacist BJP leadership. The Prime Minister expressed grave concern over the Indian policy of genocide and ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Muslims which has posed survival threat to 8 million people.
Likewise, the Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, while talking to a private TV channel has buttressed the Prime Minister’s point of view about the aggressive designs of India and said that there is a possibility of Pulwama type false flag operation. The foreign Minister has sent a letter to the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCR) urging her to pay attention to the worsening human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.
The United States and other world powers want de-escalation of tension between India and Pakistan. The US President Donald Trump, in a telephone conversation with the prime Ministers of both countries urged for restrain and easing of tension on Kashmir. The US President has hinted to discuss this issue with Indian Prime Minister on the eve of upcoming G-7 summit. The US has also called for the immediate release of detainees and lowering tension on the line of control. About 4000 people have been detained in the Indian held Kashmir. The State Department has emphasised respect for human rights, observance of legal procedures and due process of law and inclusive dialogue.
The voice of Kashmiries is now vibrating in the US Congress. Influential lawmakers are urging New Delhi to end occupation of Kashmir and allow its people to speak out their mind. Congressman Adam Smith, Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee called the Indian ambassador to the US and informed him that after the revocation of special status of Kashmir the situation therein is being monitored.
French President Emanuel Macron has asked both India and Pakistan to hold dialogue over the crisis in Kashmir. According to Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman, the situation in Kashmir will come up in discussion on regional affairs in the talks between the foreign ministers of Russia and India which have been scheduled for August 27 in Moscow. It remains to be seen how the obdurate and arrogant Indian Prime Minister responds to persuasions of world powers by giving chance to reasons for lowering tension with Pakistan as the armed forces of both countries are in an eyeball-to-eyeball state.