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  • 9/20/2016 A campaign of terror: The Pakistanis may never have Kashmir, but their violence has transformed it ­ TOI Blogs

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    A campaign of terror: The Pakistanis may never have Kashmir, but their violence has transformed it September 20, 2016, 2:00 AM IST C Christine Fair in TOI Edit Page | Edit Page, India | TOI

    Feigning outrage at the killing of Pakistan-backed Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, Pakistan’s civilian-led

    government decried his killing by Indian security forces as “deplorable and condemnable”. This group is considered to be a

    terrorist organisation by the United States, the European Union, and India alike. This conniption once again exposed Pakistan’s

    unstinting support for the zoo of Islamist terrorists that it uses to achieve its foreign policy objectives in India, Afghanistan and

    elsewhere.

    The timing of this charade is not coincidental: it is contemporaneous with mounting criticisms over Pakistani human rights

    abuses in Balochistan as it tries to crush any and all opposition to the infamous “China Pakistan Economic Corridor”.  Pakistan

    explicitly counters criticism over its activities in Balochistan with reference to Indian security force’s killings in Kashmir. This is

    yet another Pakistani false equivalence.

    It must be said bluntly that in Kashmir, Pakistan has no legal equities. Neither the Indian Independence Act of 1947 nor the

    Radcliffe Boundary Commission accord Pakistan any right to Kashmir. As is well-known, the Maharaja of Kashmir Hari Singh

    only acceded to India after Pakistan dispatched irregular forces to seize the terrain by force.

    As the work of Shuja Nawaz – the brother of a deceased army chief – makes clear, these were not non-state actors. In its effort

    to seize Kashmir through warfare in 1947-48, 1965 and 1999 and by supporting a menagerie of terrorists since 1947 and an

    intense proxy war since 1989, Pakistan has demonstrated that it actually has little regard for the Kashmiris themselves.

    As the Pakistanis sought to exploit the indigenous uprising that began in 1989, it raised and dispatched Deobandi and Salafist

    terrorist organisations such as Jaish-e-Muhammed and Lashkar-e-Taiba respectively, precisely because they have no regard for

    Kashmiri culture and beliefs. Whereas their Kashmiri proxies were more reticent to kill civilians and attack sufi shrines, these

    terrorists have shown no compunction.

    They also sustained a reign of terror against women who do not veil as they demand by throwing acid on their faces and other

    crimes. The consequences of this are visible to any long-time observer. When I first visited the Valley in 1991, I never saw a

    woman in a black burqa with niqab. Instead women wore a scarf tied behind their necks. Now the black burqa, niqab and even

    socks and gloves are ubiquitous even beyond the cities and towns. The Pakistanis may never have Kashmir, but their violence

    has transformed it.

    Turning to the most recent events, it is well-known that the recent episode of stone pelting has Pakistani backing. The stone

    pelting has had the intended consequences of goading Kashmir’s poorly equipped and poorly trained police into killing civilians

    who are protesting. About 80 people have been killed in this recent campaign of Pakistan-sponsored uprising and state

    response.

    To be clear, it is extremely unfortunate that these deaths have occurred. And indeed, the Indian government needs to find other

    ways of managing crowds than looking for the chimerical non-lethal weapons. If Kashmir’s police had proper riot gear and

    personal protective equipment, the urge to fire at stone pelters would likely diminish. This would benefit India as it would

    deprive Pakistan of the result it so craves. But this incident reveals more than anything that Pakistan is willing to orchestrate

    the deaths of Kashmiris for its own political aims.

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    The vacuity of the so-called concern about Kashmir is reinforced by the complete omission of any mention of the Kashmiri

    Pandits who were ethnically cleansed by Pakistan-backed terrorists in 1990. Why does the “Kashmir problem” only centre on

    Muslims in the Valley and not any of the other lawful residents of the state?

    Finally, the Pakistani civilian and military leadership continue to renew their demands that all UN Security Council resolutions

    on Kashmir be fulfilled. Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, continues to opine that “non-

    implementation