Friday, 3 July 2015

Militants, parties are paid by intelligence agencies in JK, RAW ex chief

Militants, parties are paid by intelligence agencies in JK, RAW ex chief
Harinder Baweja, Hindustan Times, New Delhi Jul 04, 2015

Former RAW chief AS Dulat has claimed that Indian intelligence agencies pay militants, separatists and political parties in J&K.
Indian intelligence agencies regularly pay terrorists, Hurriyat leaders and mainstream Jammu and Kashmir political parties including the National Conference (NC) and PDP, former R&AW chief AS Dulat has revealed in an exclusive interview to Hindustan Times.

“Nobody is immune to bribes, not the militants, not politicians and not the separatists. Over the years, they have all been paid by intelligence agencies. We paid money to demonstrate that what the ISI can do, we can do better, except kill people,” said Dulat, who was posted in J&K as an Intelligence Bureau officer in 1988. He went on to head the Research and Analysis Wing, India's external intelligence agency, and then became adviser to prime minister Atal Behari Vajpayee, serving in government till 2004.

“As militancy grew in the 1990s, so did the payments. They grew from the hundreds to lakhs of rupees,” revealed Dulat. He said ‘’there were some honourable exceptions in the Hurriyat who did not accept the money”, but refused to name names. Dulat clarified that he could only confirm payments till 2004.

Speaking to HT ahead of the launch of his book, Kashmir: The Vajpayee Years, Dulat said the UPA government that came into power in 2004 made him “the villain of the NDA’s Kashmir policy’’, saying “I had bribed my way through Kashmir, but the fact is that when I was posted to Srinagar in 1988, the first thing I got to know was who was paying whom and how much. It is not a big deal. Intelligence agencies all over the world pay slush money”.
Both the NC and PDP denied the charges. “Our political party has been struggling and striving with the people of Kashmir and we have always functioned in a very transparent way. These allegations are unsubstantiated and we totally deny them,” said the NC’s Junaid Azim Mattoo.

PDP spokesman Wahid-Ur Rehman Parra said, “People say all kinds of things post-retirement. One needs to look into the timing of these allegations, why now and why not before. We don't know who Mr Dulat is trying to benefit and who he is trying to harm by these baseless allegations but he is definitely not helping national interest.”

When HT asked Dulat what he thought of the Narendra Modi government calling off foreign secretary-level talks with Pakistan last year over its high commissioner meeting with leaders of the Hurriyat Conference, he said, “There is no getting away from talks with the Hurriyat. You can’t only be talking to Mufti Saeed. The Vajpayee government started a dialogue with the separatists and the Modi government should do the same. The Kashmiris initially welcomed Modi because they thought he would carry the Vajpayee policy forward. Calling off talks was disappointing.”

The former R&AW chief’s book also reveals Vajpayee wanted to make NC leader Farooq Abdullah vice-president in 2002 while making his son, Omar Abdullah, the state chief minister. In a controversial disclosure to HT, Dulat said the Abdullahs did not walk out of the Vajpayee government after the 2002 Gujarat riots “only because he (Farooq) was hopeful of becoming vice-president”. Later, in a bid to control the political damage in the Valley from this move, Omar had emphasized that not leaving the NDA government then was one of his biggest regrets.
Kandahar op 'goofed up', says RAW ex-chief; political storm brews
Vajpayee reneged on promise to make Farooq V-P: Ex-RAW boss
BJP, Cong spar over RAW ex-chief's remarks about Gujarat riots

This year to date 83, mutilated corpses found in Balochistan

This year to date 83, mutilated corpses found in Balochistan

June 27, 2015
QUETTA: The Vice Chairman of Human Rights Commission Balochistan chapter Advocate Tahir Hussain said that as many as 83 mutilated bodies were recovered this year in Balochistan.

He said this while addressing a news conference on the International Day in Support of Victims of Torture on Friday here at Quetta Press Club.

He said that as many as 230 cases of disappeared persons are registered with the Supreme Court. He added that people have little knowledge about their rights and called for raising awareness among the public about their basic privileges. He said five years ago, in extension of the UN Treaty on Support of Victims of Torture, Pakistan pledged an effective statute in torture. He said torture should be declared as a crime.

He said that on the International Day of Support of Victims of Torture, MCT and Pakistan Human Rights Commission should demand of the government to make laws against torture and compensate the victims of torture in Pakistan.

He said that the day reminds everyone that inhuman behavior, such as torture, still exist in Pakistan, mocking human dignity. He said that after having signed the Treaty five years ago, it is high time Pakistan legislated on the issue. He added that HRCP and MCP have in an open letter to NA welcomed a draft bill that is still pending in the lower house of parliament. “Pakistan Human Rights Commission should demand of the government to make laws against torture and compensate the victims of torture.” said Hussain. Both organizations have also suggested good amendments against torture and killing into the draft bill.

In response to a question, he said that earlier the family members of missing persons would inform them about their dead bodies began to surface, they stopped telling HRCP anything about them now.

Published in The Express Tribune, June 27th, 2015.

Former RAW Chief AS Dulat expose Kashmiri leaders

Former RAW Chief AS Dulat expose Kashmiri leaders
‘Delhi felt Mehbooba had militant links…Vajpayee reneged on promise to make Farooq VP’
EX-RAW CHIEF AS DULAT: ‘Mirwaiz ambitious but fears Pakistan; Vajpayee didn’t want Mufti to be CM in 2002; Mufti’s dream has always been to defeat Farooq’
In a startling revelation, former head of India’s intelligence agency R&AW, A S Dulat, Thursday said the former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee was against making Mufti Muhammad Sayeed the Chief Minister of Jammu and Kashmir because of “grave doubts that his daughter Mehbooba Mufti had militant links.”
He also said the chief of Hizbul Mujahideen, Syed Salahuddin sought a favour from Intelligence Bureau (IB) that his son be given a medical seat in a college in Kashmir which was agreed to.
In a detailed interview to India Today this evening, Dulat—considered to be a point-man in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) when Vajpayee was the Prime Minister—said in 2002, Vajpayee, then Prime Minister, advised Sonia Gandhi against making Mufti Sayeed the chief minister. “This is because Delhi at that time had grave doubts about Mehbooba Mufti. They believed she had links with the Hizbul Mujahideen and Jamaat. As a result during a visit to Srinagar in April 2003, Vajpayee insisted that Mehbooba should not be on the stage with him and Mufti Sayeed,” Dulat said.
He revealed that Vajpayee wanted to make Farooq Abdullah as Vice President but reneged on the promise. “This was part of an idea Vajpayee had to make Omar Abdullah Chief Minister of Kashmir whilst making his father Farooq Vice President,” he said.
Dulat claimed that Syed Salahuddin, the head of Hizbul Mujahideen and Jihad Council, “once contacted the head of IB (intelligence bureau) in Srinagar (K M Singh) to ask for a place in a medical college for his son which Farooq Abdullah, then Chief Minister, arranged.”
“There are frequent instances of IB and R&AW doing such favours for militants, including those in Pakistan. In this instance it was part of what could have been an attempt to lure Salahuddin back which didn’t succeed,” he said.
Dulat said the offer to make Farooq Abdullah Vice President happened at his Delhi residence at a private dinner and was made on Vajpayee’s behalf by Brajesh Mishra. Later, he said, Farooq told him that both L K Advani and Vajpayee had reconfirmed the offer. “However, Farooq always had doubts whether Vajpayee would fulfil this promise. He told me ‘I don’t trust them. I don’t trust Delhi’,” Dulat said.
Ultimately, Vajpayee reneged on the promise, because, Dulat said, “people in Delhi felt Farooq was unreliable. They even suggested he would not spend time in the RajyaSabha. The other problem was that Farooq becoming Vice President was part of an arrangement whereby Krishan Kant would become President. When the latter didn’t happen the promise to Farooq fell by the wayside. Farooq felt bitter. He felt let down.”
Dulat recounted in detail how the Crisis Management Group in 1999 mishandled the hijack of IC 814.
Dulat was a member of the CMG and head of R &AW then. He said they lacked focus and leadership and, therefore, were unable to give orders for the plane to be detained in Amritsar. They carried on debating and the plane flew away. He said the CMG “goofed”. He said it bungled.
Dulat recounted the “fury and anger” of Farooq Abdullah when he was informed that three militants had to be released as part of the IC 814 deal. He said “Farooq ventilated his anger for three hours and then stormed off to meet Governor Saxena intending to resign. However, Governor Saxena calmed him down over two glasses of whisky and Farooq, eventually, accepted the situation and agreed to the release of militants.”
Dulat also recalled how on one occasion Syed Salahuddin, head of the HizbulMujahideen, contacted the IB head in Kashmir, K M Singh, to help his son get into medical school and how Singh approached Farooq Abdullah who did the needful. Dulat said it’s not unusual for IB and R & AW to do such favours for militants and “terrorists”. He said it often happens. “Sometimes it’s a way of maintaining contacts.”
Dulat also said Mirwaiz Umar Farooq “lacks political courage”. “He is scared he could be killed, and scared of the ISI and Pakistan.”
“He has a great future. He has a constituency. (But) because of the fact he has been under threat… his father was killed. His uncle was killed. His family has great concern for him. Pakistanis are holding his career back. I told my friends in Pakistan that you are doing great disservice to Mirwaiz. He fears for his life and fears Pakistan. But he has ambition.”
Dulat said Mufti Sayeed has a complex about Farooq Abdullah. “He is in awe of him.”
Dulat said Mufti sees himself as socially inferior. “Mufti’s dream has always been to defeat Farooq Abdullah.”
Giving details of a dinner in 1995, which Mufti asked him to arrange so that he could meet Farooq and improve their relationship, Dulat said, Farooq deliberately came late making Mufti jittery and nervous. “This was Farooq’s way of showing he was superior. It was one-upmanship.”
“However, in apparent contradiction, in the mid-90s Mufti believed that the only person who could restore democracy in Kashmir was Farooq Abdullah. This was when Mufti was in limbo after the collapse of V P Singh’s government. At that point Mufti regarded Farooq as the best future for Kashmir and India,” Dulat said.
“There was one Firdous Syed. He came over ground. He was very close to Shabir Shah. After he came over ground, he came to New Delhi, met two Home Ministers, first MrChawan, and then Mr Gupta. He asked now what for us. He said: ‘Mai to abkahinka b nahiraha’… He wanted accommodation in political system. I went to Farooq Abdullah and told him that he belongs to NC family. He was then accommodated as MLC.”
Speaking about the Agra summit, Dulat said that a meeting L K Advani had with Gen Musharraf the night before soured the atmosphere. “This is when Advani surprised Musharraf by asking for Dawood Ibrahim. This took Musharraf back and a shadow was cast thereafter on the Agra summit.”
However, at Agra, Dulat said he was told by Brajesh Mishra that they were very close to agreement. “As Mishra put it: ‘Yaar, hote-hoterehgaya … Ho gayatha, who toh.’
He said Vajpayee and Brajesh were palpably disappointed. Dulat also said that Ashraf Qazi, then Pakistani High Commissioner, told him that on three occasions Jaswant Singh had rung the Pakistanis to say a deal was done. But it never happened.
Dulat said Vajpayee in 2004, after losing the elections, told him that the Gujarat killings of 2002 were “a mistake”. “Vajpayee’s exact words were: “Wohhamare se galtihui”. Dulat said the pain and grief on Vajpayee’s face was clearly visible.
Dulat speaks at length about Brajesh Mishra and said he “virtually ran the government” during Vajpayee’s prime ministership. He said Mishra was more powerful than the home minister. He said this made for an uncomfortable relationship between Mishra and L. K. Advani. He said Vajpayee readily acquiesced to this power arrangement which made Brajesh Mishra more powerful.
In the interview Dulat has revealed that Mufti Sayeed “loves his Black Label Whisky”. He called him “a tippler” and said that once upon a time the Mufti was called “Mufti Whisky”. Now, however, Dulat said the Mufti has given up drinking. (AGENCIES)

A Victim of Perceptions; Another Target Killing in Kashmir

A Victim of Perceptions; Another Target Killing in Kashmir
Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir:  Fear has gripped a South Kashmir hamlet in Pulwama district after a village head was shot dead by suspected militants on Wednesday evening. What is more shocking that 43 year old Mohammad Yousf Bhat is believed to be the victim of perceptions about his religious beliefs.

A senior police officer in Pulwama said, "We are investigating all angles including rumours that the victim had converted to Christianity and that may well be a reason behind his killing." 
The family says Mr Bhat was innocent and they have no idea why he was killed and who is behind it. They say on late Wednesday evening, gunmen barged into their home and asked the village head to come out, later they shot him dead outside their premises.

Mr Bhat's father-in-law, Wali Mohammad said, "They were four people in uniform wearing masks.  My daughter was accompanying him. She was pushed back and they told her they want to talk him."

This area in South Kashmir is infested with highly militancy. Most locals are scared to even speak about the incident, but some suspect that Mr Bhat had converted to Christianity a few years ago. A police officer told NDTV that there were rumours that he was doing evangelist work, which had made him vulnerable.

This is the seventh civilian killing by suspected militants in the past five weeks in the valley, the last killing happened in Sopore area of North Kashmir on June 14.

Police claims Mr Bhat had no affiliations with any political party nor had any links with the security agencies. But in a place where perceptions are more important that reality, the Pulwama village head has become another victim of faceless violence in Kashmir.
Story First Published: July 03, 2015 00:47 IST

Emancipate 2 million people of Gilgit Baltistan from the slavery of Pakistan, Hamid Khan, Chairman BNF

Emancipate 2 million people of Gilgit Baltistan from the slavery of Pakistan, Hamid Khan, Chairman BNF
Date: 30th June 2015
His Excellency Secretary General United Nations, New York

Gilgit Baltistan (Pakistan China Occupied Gilgit Baltistan) which comprises of 72000 Sq KMs of disputed territory sandwiched between China, Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, is currently under the occupation of Pakistan in violation of UNCIP resolutions adopted on 13th August 1948, 5th January 1949 and 28th April 1949. Pakistan has kept its occupation of the area on the pretext of a fraudulent agreement between Pakistan and two of its stooges (Sardar Ibrahim, and Choudhary Gholam Abbas) from Pakistan occupied Jammu & Kashmir, without the knowledge and due consent of the people of Gilgit Baltistan. Pakistan hatched up this so-called agreement on 28th April 1949 - the same day when UNCIP had asked Pakistan to withdraw its forces from this disputed territory. In 1963 Pakistan illegally conceded 7000 Sq. KMs area of Shimshal, part of Hunza (Occupied Gilgit Baltistan) to China for the construction of Karakorum Highway (KKH) which is being used extensively by both China and Pakistan for economic as well as for military purposes.

Pakistan is using KKH for importing nuclear and missile accessories from China without the knowledge and consent of the local residents who are the actual ancient inhabitants of the land. In addition, a large number of hideouts, bunkers, tunnels and small Air strips have been constructed along this highway to deploy/stock their nuclear arsenal. This poses a serious threat to the life of human beings, animals, plants and even the long-surviving heritage of the region.

It is not out of place to mention that in the same year i.e.1963, China had assured UN that it accepts the disputed nature of Gilgit Baltistan pending in the UN and that its acceptance and occupation of Shimshal from Pakistan is temporary and conditional, and also that a final agreement will be struck with the legitimate sovereign authority after the settlement of Jammu & Kashmir dispute.

I would like to highlight that, instead of withdrawing its forces and civilians from Gilgit Baltistan as well as from its occupied part of J&K within a period of 3 months, as mandated under the UNCIP resolution of 28th April 1949, Pakistan has, on the contrary, increased the quanta of its forces in Gilgit Baltistan to manifolds and has also settled hundreds and thousands of foreigners including Pathan fundamentalists from its own territory and other foreign nationals of China and Afghanistan to deliberately change the demography of this disputed land.

Pakistan has been perpetually violating the fundamental rights of the people of Gilgit Baltistan, including political rights, right of vote to choose their own representatives for the parliament, right of free expression, right to have a share in the revenue from the natural resources (including Uranium, Gold, Copper, and Molybdenum which is used in space technology by China), and right of access to Justice (indigenous people are given death sentences without legal and constitutional High Court and Supreme Court and without the right to appeal with the President of Pakistan or elsewhere) for the 2 million local inhabitants, in violation of both UNCIP resolutions as well as Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

While Pakistan has no right to establish its own political and religious parties in this disputed part, on the very contrary it encourages, promotes and supports its own political and religious parties and discourages indigenous nationalist political parties with its full state power.
I would like to draw your Excellency’s attention to an event preceding the so called elections illegally conducted by Pakistan in the disputed Gilgit Baltistan on June 8, 2015. A mere four days prior to these sham elections, in a yet another open violation of UNCIP resolutions, its forces stationed at Gilgit tortured and arrested several local nationalist political leaders to pave their way for completing the "selection" process of its own stooges in the name of elections. Some prominent names among those who were arrested are:

Safdar Ali, leader Balawaristan National Front (BNF), Col. (Retd.) Nadir Hassan of Blor Thinkers Forum, Iftikhar Hussain, Akbar Hussain, Muddasar, Wasim, Faqeer Hussain. These leaders alongwith them many supporters were arrested in front of the UN Military Observer’s Office at Jutial Gilgit, on 4th June 2015 just 4 days before the so-called elections/selection.. These nationalist political leaders were simply planning to present their memorandum to the UN observers, stating their grievances against the Pakistan China Economic Corridor conspiracy (a secret sale deed of Gilgit-Baltistan) and against the fraud elections. The nationalist leaders were stopped and many of them were tortured on the orders of Pakistani Military by its Punjabi Police officer. Moreover, they have been framed under Sedition and anti-terrorist laws of Pakistan. The occupation regime has set up JIT (Joint Investigation Team, consisting of ISI, MI, Police and several other expert torturing bodies) to send a message to the whole local population, so that nobody may dare raise his voice to challenge orders from the Pakistani occupation regime. They were allowed to torture physically by anti-terrorist Court judge for 9 days in the ISI headquarters at Helipad near Gilgit Airport. This is the same judge who has already given life imprisonment to the political people of Hunza including Baba Jan, who were protesting for justice against the Police who had killed 2 protestors in Hunza, Gilgit.

This is the plight of the UN-declared disputed Gilgit Baltistan under Pakistani illegal occupation, where political leaders are being treated as terrorists and real terrorists are actually free to torture and even kill political and religious opponents who dare to simply not obey the enslaving orders of the occupying forces and their intelligence agencies. Military proxy Talibaan have been declared brothers (statement of Sartaj Aziz, in charge of foreign affairs). This is Pakistan’s worst colonial rule where infamous terrorist laws are being imposed to deprive the innocent 2 million people of their due basic and political rights, awarded to them over six decades ago by UNCIP resolutions as well as by the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The people of Gilgit-Baltistan, particularly the nationalist political leaders are always charged under Pakistani sedition sections, despite the fact that Gilgit Baltistan is disputed under UNCIP, and its status has been accepted as disputed by the very constitution and Supreme Court of Pakistan itself. Pakistani laws cannot be legitimately applied to those who are not even Pakistani citizens by international law and by Pakistan's own constitution.

It may be recalled that Pakistanis had also arrested BNF and other nationalist leaders just a week before the so called elections even in 2009. Is this not a farcical election under the Military then, who just want to select their own puppets in the name of elections?

All Pakistani Political parties like Imran Khan’s Tehriq-e-Insaf, Sajid Naqvi’s Tehrik-e-Islami, Majlise Wahadat Muslimeen and other Pakistani parties like PPP, PML(N), JUI, MQM and JI are acting like 2nd wives of Pakistan Army. They never dare to challenge army’s foreign and security policies, behaving just like dumb and obedient wives for Pakistan army. Military had been deployed in Gilgit Baltistan on the request of these Pakistani parties, just to get them selected by the show of force, instead of the count of free vote. Balawaristan National Front (BNF) had rejected and condemned this type of fraud and pre-rigged election drama. We also fear that the deployment of Pakistan Army is an exercise to force the people and its so-called Selected body of Gilgit Baltistan Legislative Assembly (GBLA) not to challenge its design, by which they conspire to hand over this area to China to implement its illegal economic Corridor agreement in violation of UNCIP resolutions.

Your excellency, if this Pakistan-China Economic Corridor conspiracy is not checked in time, South Asia and rest of the civilized world, eventually, will have to face serious environmental and geopolitical consequences, besides human catastrophe. In this project of 46 billion dollars it is proposed to construct 6 Mega Dams (including Diamar Bhasha Dam, Bonji, Henzel Gilgit, Skardu and other parts of Baltistan). As a result of this a large area of the Gilgit Baltistan region will be submerged due to the construction of unusually large water reservoirs in the world’s highest barren mountain ranges. Besides dams, China and Pakistan also plan to construct Railways under these high mountains, to make the movement of their forces easier and quicker, to be able to suppress the people of this region, and very likely, to be able to advance beyond it. Pakistan also plans to further deploy large numbers of security forces and members of their secret agencies to provide security to keep their control over the area and to coerce the local population into submission.

The extent of geographical and human destruction that will be brought about due to the realization of these illegal construction projects can neither be fully estimated nor imagined. I would also like to mention here that after the construction of the KKH in early 1980s, mass killings of local people was perpetrated on the basis of their religious and political beliefs in the towns and homes of Gilgit under the command of Pakistan Army during 1988. The sole purpose of this genocide was to create a sectarian division among the indigenous people, so that nobody would dare to raise their voice against Pakistani occupation and its unhampered illegal use of the land for terrorist activities inside as well as across the borders. Pakistani regime is perpetrating a similar approach against the protesters of this illegal Economic Corridor agreement once again, by declaring them as Indian agents.

There is no legal/constitutional judicial mechanism in place to protect the people against mass human rights violations. Many indigenous people are facing death sentences in Gilgit Baltistan Jails for their petty crimes without giving them access to any legal/constitutional recourses like High Court and Supreme Court.

On the other hand, Pakistani terrorists who actually commit terrorism are never brought to any of these illegal and un-constitutional courts set up in the region. Some of Pakistani terrorists, who were actually caught by local Police in defiance of the ISI, were facilitated to escape from prisons or taken back to Pakistan on one pretext or the other by Pakistani occupation regime to let them free. Local residents working in administration, Police, Education and Security Forces are not promoted for the top jobs and are always put under the ultimate control of Pakistani citizens. Indigenous people working in government service have been insulted, degraded and are never trusted. After the so-called Empowerment Package of 2009, Pakistani nationals are deputed in the region even for low ranking posts in Police and Administration in order to firmly hold their iron grip over the region.

The holding of elections in Gilgit Baltistan on 8th June 2015 is just a new drama by Pakistan to befool the international community, UN, and specially the EU which had passed a resolution on Gilgit Baltistan in 2007 under Baroness Emma Nicholson. The absence of free and independent Judiciary, independent media, and human rights organizations in Gilgit Baltistan immensely helps the Pakistani regime to openly violate the chapter of Universal Declaration of Human Rights. Anyone who dares to protest against the atrocities of Pakistani administration and its intelligence agencies, is brutally tortured and eventually eliminated. It is extremely sad to note that innocent protestors were killed in Chilas, Gilgit, when they were just peacefully protesting against the construction of Diamar Bhasha Dam on their land, without their consultation. Similarly, innocent protestors were also killed in Hunza. 

In addition, after these brutal killings a large number of innocent supporters who were peacefully protesting against these killings were arrested, declared as terrorists, and were brutally tortured by intelligence agencies. Many of these peaceful protesters, including Baba Jan, were awarded life imprisonment by the illegal and unconstitutional terrorist courts in Gilgit.
According to the UN resolutions as well as Pakistan's official stand, Pakistan has no right to change the demography of Gilgit Baltistan by settling its own citizens in the area, it has no right to adversely change our geography and put the lives of 2 million people into great danger by illegally constructing 6 mega dams. Pakistan has no right to make any agreement with any country on behalf of Gilgit-Baltistan, unless the 2 million people of this land are granted their due rights by impartial referendum under UN mandate.

In view of the above mentioned facts, we the 2 million indigenous people of Gilgit Baltistan (Pakistan and China occupied) and Chitral (borders with Al-Qaida Taliban controlled area of Badakhshan, Kunar and Nuristan provinces of Afghanistan) hereby make our appeal to the Civilized world to put sufficient pressure on Pakistan and China to vacate the occupied Gilgit Baltistan by simply committing to their obligation under UN resolutions. Furthermore, we also seek support from the UN in urging Pakistan to end its illegal occupation of Chitral (which was tributary to Muharaja of Jammu & Kashmir).

Finally, Balawaristan National Front (BNF) appeals to the UN on behalf of the 2 million indigenous people of Gilgit Baltistan, to ask the Pakistani regime to withdraw sedition and terrorism charges against the innocent political leaders of disputed Gilgit Baltistan, whom are facing double death sentences or double life imprisonments merely for their crime of handing over memorandums against the fraudulent elections and the so-called China-Pakistan Economic Corridor to the UN Military observers stationed at Gilgit. We also appeal to you excellency to take necessary measures to emancipate the 2 million people of Gilgit Baltistan from the forceful clutches of Pakistan by implementing UNCIP resolutions regarding Pakistan Occupied Gilgit Baltistan.
Abdul Hamid Khan
Chairman, Balawaristan National Front (BNF)
Head Office Majini Mahla, Gilgit, Balawaristan (Pakistan and China Occupied Gilgit Baltistan). 
Resident in Political Asylum: Brussels, Belgium.

Tuesday, 30 June 2015

We, the paradoxical Kashmiris, Junaid Qureshi

We, the paradoxical Kashmiris, Junaid Qureshi

We Kashmiris, by nature, are very paradoxical. We often tend to contradict ourselves based on shaky arguments and untrue observations. More than often we behave in such a way while having full knowledge of the actual truth.

Small illustrations of our paradoxical nature can be easily noticed in our day to day life. While attending a grand wedding with lots of food and extravaganza, we -with the utmost certainty- conclude that the hosts have illegal (haram) money which enabled them to pay for such a lavish wedding. If the marriage ceremony is simple and the food is reasonable or just a little less than reasonable compared to our expectations, we -with the utmost arrogance- conclude that the hosts have always been beggars (shikas-lads).

Missing Salah (prayers) is considered a heinous crime, while stealing electricity by the method of hooking, before and after the prayers, is considered our birth-right. Once, Bakshi Ghulam Mohammed was asked that how many people of J&K were supporting him. He replied, “40 Lakhs minus one (referring to Sheikh Abdullah as the one not supporting him)”. When asked as to how many people were supporting Sheikh Abdullah, he replied, “40 Lakhs, minus one (referring to himself as the one not supporting him)”. Pertinent to note that the total electorate at that time was 40 Lakhs.  

To some extent paradoxicalities, like the ones above, can be amusing. But our somewhat amusing and silly behaviour has paradoxically become suicidal as it has transformed into a way of life which totally nullifies the truth and realities of today’s existing world. It continues to shame us as a nation and as human beings. Our rather embarrassing ability to distinguish between right and wrong on the basis of religion, nationality and political affiliations has made us believe that injustice and atrociousness have a face, a name and a God. Depending on that face, the name and the God, we either remain silent or choose to be angry.

Let me make it clear that for me any kind of injustice is unacceptable, irrespective of the party which is culpable. Be it the Indian Army, the Pakistani army, the militants, event-based separatists, mainstream politicians or high level bureaucrats. Not necessarily because I consider myself a man of high morals or impeccable character, but more so because I deny to be oblivious to the truth. I understand that the call for justice cannot be carried on foundations of injustice.

Any dispensation of justice can only be thought of, if there is a broad-based consensus which inevitably requires supporters and like-minded people. At times I get bewildered when I get drowned in deep thoughts; why is it that the common man in India, Pakistan and the rest of the world does not show solidarity with us? Why do we Kashmiris feel that nobody, outside the Valley, shares our pain? Why is it that they do not stand up for us in Mumbai, Lahore or Paris when injustice is mounted upon us? Why are there no candle-light processions for the resolution of the Kashmir problem? Are they not humans or are we not considered humane enough? Are they blind? Deaf perhaps? Agents of CIA and Mossad? Anti-Islam maybe?

Perhaps we must contemplate on why we stand alienated from everyone and everything. Could it be, because we have alienated ourselves from the truth?

We shout slogans of freedom while lifting one fist with determination and simultaneously carrying the flag of an occupying country in the other hand. We, with sheer arrogance, demand the implementation of the UN resolutions while we wave the flags of UN banned terrorists organizations like the Islamic State. An organization which has been rejected by the whole world, including the Muslim World and correctly classified as barbaric. What are we trying to tell the world by waving these flags? That we support suicide attacks on praying Muslims in Mosques during the holy month of Ramadan? That we support brutal decapitations of innocent men? That we support the sale of female children as sex-slaves? Have we totally lost our mind?

We call for the return of the Kashmiri Pandits and assure them of protection, while our failure to protect them and their properties drove them away from their homeland. Still, we exhibit the courage and audacity to dictate them where and when they can return.

Our genuine demands for justice only deserve to be heard and respected by the world when we stop distinguishing between culprits on the basis of religion or sentimental alliances. While rightfully asking for justice in the Kunan Poshpora tragedy and severe punishment to the guilty soldiers of the Indian security forces, we must also -with the same ardency- seek justice regarding the Chittisinghpura tragedy, carried out by terrorists of Lashkar-e-Taiba. We must collectively reject and stand up against the murderers of Lashkar-e-Taiba and all other mercenaries of hate and destruction. 

The floods of last year were not God’s fury because of our so-called disobedience to His word under the influences of Indian Cinema and nor were they caused by any intelligence agency. We caused those floods, as we blocked flood channels by building our homes on them and by polluting our water bodies. Undoubtedly, the Indian state has been culpable of human rights violations in Kashmir, but we must try to understand that we have lost our credibility because of our tendency of blaming India for each and everything that goes wrong in Kashmir.

Many amongst us, many of our own people have been equally guilty of human rights violations. Militants raped our daughters. Many militants used the gun of ‘freedom and religion’ to settle personal scores. Perhaps our eerie silence over these human rights violations, political killings and religious exploitation has caused others to remain numb when we expected them to speak.

The reaction of the people in Kashmir often indicates who is guilty. Whenever Kashmiris get killed by Kashmiris or those foreigners who enjoy our support, we choose to look away. Mirwaiz Moulvi Mohammed Farooq was killed by three militants belonging to the HM. The uncle of Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Moulvi Mushtaq was also killed by the ‘Mujahideen’ of HM while offering prayers in the Mosque. Dr. Qazi Nisar, Professor Wani, Professsor Ghulam Qadir, Dr. Ahad Guru and innumerable others were also killed by the Hizbul Mujahideen. Moulvi Showkat Shah was murdered by the Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen.

On his visit to Pakistan Administered Kashmir, Abdul Ghani Lone dared to defy the ISI. In a public speech there, he told the Pakistani rulers not to send hard-core criminals languishing for crimes like murder and rape in Pakistani jails, to Kashmir for fighting. He also posed a question to them. He asked whether the broken tents and miserable conditions of refugees (Mohajirs) and Mujahideen from Indian Administered Kashmir in Muzaffarabad could justify Pakistan’s claim of calling Kashmir their jugular’s vein. In response to this ‘betrayal’, he was killed by militants of Lashkar-e-Taiba.   

Every Kashmiri knows who has been responsible and why these killings took place. All these killings triggered half-hearted protests, hartals, accusations hurled at India, America, Israel and ultimately all was followed by that eerie silence again.

This eerie silence has been a recurring tradition in Kashmir. Recently a few ex-militants were killed in Sopore by unidentified gunmen. There were a few days of hartals, stone-pelting and accusations that the killings were carried out by Indian intelligence agencies. After a few days, we again chose that blanket of silence. Why? Because we all know that the killers of Sopore are of the same breed which killed Mirwaiz Moulvi Mohammed Farooq and Abdul Ghani Lone. Our silence is nothing else than our silent confession of complicity.

The rape of a girl in Delhi shook the whole of India and the attack on the army-school in Peshawar in which more than 140 innocent children died, brought all of Pakistan together. Not because the honour of their women or innocence of their children surpasses that of our women and children, but because they had the courage to accept that the culprits were people among them. They collectively stood up against injustice without being selective. I salute the brave people of India and Pakistan for their commendable fearlessness. Whether they achieve justice or not, they at least deserve it.

We Kashmiris must introspect and realize that we cannot keep blaming others for our own failures. We cannot expect others to support us while we collectively choose to remain silent. We cannot demand selectiveness from the world. Our silence will only kill our trustworthiness. We must stand up and break our silence.

We must, before it is too late. Before the world ceases to call us, ‘The paradoxical Kashmiris’ and decides to refer to us as, ‘The hypocritical Kashmiris’.

- See more at:

Sunday, 28 June 2015

Kashmiri youths joining militancy - funds flow from, Gulf Sumir Kaul

Kashmiri youths joining militancy - funds flow from, Gulf Sumir Kaul

Srinagar: Large inflow of hawala funds from gulf countries and more Kashmiri
youths getting sucked into militancy are dangerously stoking terrorism in the Valley in a fresh test for security forces in their anti-militancy operations.

This assessment has been made by security analysts with former Research and Analysis Wing (RAW) chief A.S. Dulat summing up the situation to say, “there are dark clouds on the horizon and some things seem to be not right.” He has been associated with the Kashmir desk in home ministry in various capacities since 1990.

While Jammu and Kashmir authorities appear to adopt a reticent policy on the emerging situation and the state police is stumped by the new challenges, security sources said that militants are concentrating on two axes in South and North Kashmir.

An axis from Tral, Batapora, Panjgaon and Yaripora in South Kashmir is witnessing a dominance of terror group Hizbul Mujahideen, while in the other axis from Palhalan to Sopore this group and few militants of Jaish-e-Mohammed are calling the shots, say police officials, who have been on the forefront of fighting militancy.

The worrisome aspect, the officials say, is that in both the axes the leadership is in the hands of Kashmiri boys, who have joined the ranks of militancy recently, the sources said. Security analysts said that local recruitment, which had come down to a trickle, has picked up suddenly from January this year.

The killing of two militants Javaid Ahmad of Redwini Bala village and Idrees Ahmad Nengroo of Budroo village of Kulgam in their home district a week ago has come as an eye-opener for security agencies as Ahmad had joined Lashker-e-Taiba (LeT) a year back while Negroo only a month back, the sources said. Both of them were killed in a chance encounter with security forces in Kulgam areas of South Kashmir last week.

Since March this year, nearly 50 boys have reportedly vanished from the Valley with Awantipora in South Kashmir accounting for nearly 15 of them followed by Kulgam (nine), Shopian (seven), Anantnag (eight) and 11 from North Kashmir.

The missing boys belonging to average middle class are being described as the new faces of terrorism in Kashmir and they are believed to be waiting for delivery of arms for all of them. “So far eight AK rifles have been smuggled into the area and we are sure that more may come in,” a senior police official said.

Another official said that the difference between today’s militancy and that during early 1990’s is that the ideological conviction of the present lot of militants is far more superior than that of the terror groups during the early days. Kashmir is witnessing a trend of ‘Pan-Islamisation’ where the young boys are opting for the path of terrorism knowing fully well that they are at the risk of being killed, the official said.

Ruling Peoples Democratic Party which as an opposition party had been blaming the policies of the previous National Conference and Congress combine for the militancy during their rule appears to be struggling to come out with a clear-cut strategy for the anti-militancy operations, the official and analysts said.

Simultaneously, the hawala funds, which had been curbed to a large extent, has now started flowing into the valley, especially from the Gulf in abundance, they said. The over invoicing of goods by some Kashmiri businessmen doing trade in Gulf has also come to the notice of authorities in this regard, the sources said. PTI