Mustafa Kaya: "Games not ending in Kashmir"

Mustafa Kaya: "Games not ending in Kashmir"
Date: 7.8.2019 17:00

Milli Gazete columnist Mustafa Kaya writes on Jammu Kashmir issue. Here is the full article.

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Kashmir, which on the same age with the Palestinian issue, is again on the world agenda. In a statement made by Pakistan last day, the Indian army using cluster bombs, 11 people were wounded, including the death of two people and one of them was four-year-old children in an attack. Prime Minister Imran Khan stressed that "the attack on innocent civilians in India, the use of cluster bombs is contrary to the Geneva Convention, this is a violation of international human rights, and the UN should note what happened."
All of this has different aspects than before. India is taking different steps this time, apart from the occasional conflict and tension. It is now beyond the predictions of what Prime Minister Modi is trying to do. It's as if everything is made public. For example, India has decided to send 10 thousand paramilis and 25 thousand new soldiers to Kashmir. Former Prime Ministers Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti were placed under house arrest and a curfew was declared. In fact, Omar Abdullah was not a prime minister who made India very uncomfortable. He did not support the demands for independence and argued that there should be more autonomy. His grandfather was Sheikh Abdullah, who was imprisoned for 20 years, known as the “Kashmir Tiger”. So consider that he is currently under house arrest. 300 thousand tourists and pilgrims were told to leave the region. Communication with the region was made difficult. Internet and phone connections were lost. In addition, the Indian parliament accepted the proposal to change Kashmir's special status. Law No. 370, which defines Kashmir's autonomy, was annulled. All this is a sign that the Near East has the potential to become a full fire line in the near future. Pakistan, on the other hand, announced that India would consider these steps a reason for war. Meanwhile, another interesting statement came from Syed Ali Gilani, the leader of the Kashmir Freedom Party. Gilani's social media account, Twitter, called on all Muslims living on earth and claimed that India was preparing an unprecedented genocide in human history.
So, why Kashmir does not settle, why does blood pressure rise constantly?
Because populism is growing at a fast pace in the world. Trump, Johnson, increasing the efficiency of the European right, the elections in Brazil, the extreme right-wing populist leaders to come to the fore when you say noticeably prominent. Diplomatic approaches that need to be formed within the framework of reason, logic, foresight and regional-global realities are disappearing day by day. India, in fact, has been captured by this wind of populism. It plans its own permanent strategies for the Kashmir lands that 80-90 percent of the population is Muslim. It disregards the UN's decisions to determine the future of Kashmir by popular vote. It's ignoring it. It accepts no. It's doing wrong. As a result, its profit from the process plays a dangerous game in which the losses of the region will increase. As it will be remembered, China benefited from the war between Pakistan and India in 1959, seized and occupied a part of Kashmir. Now, at the end of these developments, if there is a risk of war, different actors will come to the forefront of determining the fate of the region. Instability in Afghanistan will spread throughout the region. The region will be transformed into an area where the US is engaged in arm wrestling with China. Russia will be involved. The EU will make its share. Guardianship wars will be conducted. In this case, everyone who has reason, must take a deep breath and take a step back. India's renunciation of chauvinist policies is in the interest of all. Does the world have to be set on fire in order to understand that Kashmir is not only about Kashmir and will move many stones?


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