The recent attack on the Indian Occupation forces in the Pulwama district of Kashmir, in which 44 military personnel were killed must be seen in the context of the Kashmir crisis.

The crisis began in August 1948, when the Indian Military occupied Kashmir in violation of all international norms and standards.

Since then it has been a continuous struggle for freedom and self- determination for the Kashmiris. In order to entrench its occupation of Jammu and Kashmir, the region has become the most militarised found anywhere in the world. The occupation forces number over 750000 soldiers. The dreaded Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) ensures that any soldier may carry out any form of atrocity against civilians without having to face any arrest, charges and prosecution.

To commiserate with the Indian Government would be to misrepresent the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiris for their independence.

However the response of the Indian government was typical and predictable.

Blame Pakistan.

The media coverage of the incident has been extensive. What the media has failed to do is report on the daily human rights violations perpetrated by the Indian occupying forces on the Kashmiri civilian population.

Peaceful demonstrators are detained without trial, the leadership of the Kashmiris are either detained or kept under house arrest.

Since 1989 more than 100 000 Kashmiris have been killed, 110 000 children orphaned and 11000 women gang raped and nothing reported.

In June 2018, a UN Report on the Human Rights Situation in Kashmir was vehemently disputed by India, claiming that the report was orchestrated by Pakistan.

A responsible reaction from the Indian authorities would be to support an impartial and independent investigation to identify, prosecute and punish those who planned, financed and facilitated the murderous crime. When leaders rush to level accusations without verifying the facts after a proper investigation has taken place, will expose their ulterior motives.

The deadly attack took place deep inside Kashmir territory. The convoy was heavily fortified and planned for months. Why is it that an attack by a single “militant” could not be prevented? Why did the Indian Occupying Force not secure the route? This could have been another of India’s false flag operations. Such operations are part of India’s strategic planning.

Who would benefit from such an operation?

The Media Review Network calls on the South African Government to work with the United Nations and other international bodies to find a speedy diplomatic solution to this problem. A problem that  was not made in the Valley of Kashmir, but rather in the Corridors of western imperialism and colonial supremacists in White Hall, the White House and Champs Elyse. 

Issued by:

Ibrahim Vawda

Media Review Network

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