India involved in war crimes, genocide, gross HR violations in Kashmir: Pakistan

Islamabad: Pakistan on Sunday shared with the world another dossier comprising incriminating audio, video and documentary evidence on gross human rights violations, war crimes, genocide and torture against the Kashmiris by the “fascist Modi regime” in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

The huge 131-page document, along with a CD comprising 15 audio and several video recordings, GPS data coordinates of five Indian funded and managed ISIS (ISKP) training camps, graphic pictures of victims of the suspected use of chemical weapons also carrying documentary proofs of how the Narendra Modi regime was trying to portray the Kashmir Freedom Struggle as a terrorist activity.

Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, National Security Advisor Dr Moeed Yusuf and Minister for Human Rights Dr Shireen Mazari shared the document with the media at a special briefing at the Foreign Office.

The top government representatives demanded of the International community; including the United Nations and its relevant Human Rights machinery, civil society organizations, media houses and other defenders of human rights to fulfil their obligations towards besieged Kashmiris by playing their part to “end the Indian rule of tyranny and oppression” in the occupied territories.

“We expect the United Nations to compel the Government of India to allow free access to Special Procedure Mandate Holders of UN Human Rights Council for independent investigations of human rights violations,” Shah Mehmood Qureshi said.

In probably what was for the first time, Pakistan shared with the world the details of War Crimes perpetrated by the Indian Occupation Forces (IOF). It covers accounts of 3,432 cases of war crimes in which 1,178 personnel Of IOFs have been found to be involved including one Major General, four Inspectors General, seven Deputy Inspectors-General, five Brigadiers, 31 Colonels and 188 Majors and Captains.

The Foreign Minister also demanded that the UN record names of individuals and units involved in war crimes and place sanctions on the individuals and entities.

“We expect EU, the UK and others to impose sanctions on India under their specific global human rights sanctiOn regimes for perpetrating state-sponsored war crimes.”

The document states that since Indian brutalities in IIOJK largely remain unreported, “a comprehensive dossier on Indian Human Rights Violations in IIOJK has been compiled which underscores that Modi government continues to obliterate Kashmiri indigenous identity’ due to differences in religion, culture, ethnicity and political views.”

Pakistan’s last dossier was shared by Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi and Director General Inter-Services Public Relations Maj Gen Babar Iftikhar in November last year which gave details how Indian intelligence RAW in collaboration with the Afghan intelligence NDS was running 66 training camps to prepare terrorists working for TTP, ISKP, BLA and smaller outfits.

The new dossier that focuses on Kashmir points out that with coming into power by the Indian hardliner BJP in 2014, “human rights violations in IIOJK reached epic proportions, and accounts of human suffering are reminiscent of dark ages.”

The document gave gruesome details of the Indian atrocities since 1989 that include over 96,000 extra-judicial killings, around 162,000 cases of arbitrary arrests and torture, over 25,000 pellet gun injuries, rape of 11,250 women, around 23,000 women were widowed while over 108,000 children were orphaned.

The document also provided details of the 8,652 unmarked mass graves that have been identified in 89 villages of 6 districts in IIOJK.

Another key factor highlighted by Pakistan was the suspected use of chemical weapons by India against the Kashmiris. It pointed that bodies of 37 Kashmiris burnt alive by IOFs were completely beyond recognition. The document which showed images of charred bodies and pointed that the use of chemical weapons was in complete contravention to the ‘Chemical Weapons Convention’ and said that it necessitates “an impartial international investigation.”

The document with a five-page Executive Summary highlighted the areas where the Indian Occupation Forces were ruthlessly violating all international laws and conventions.

It gave detailed figures about Indian atrocities since 1989 including; War Crimes by Indian Occupation Forces (IOF), turning of Kashmir into the world’s Largest Open Prison, Mass Graves, Torture, Violence against Women and Children, Enforced Disappearances, Use of Pellet Guns, Use of Snipers and Cluster Ammunition against civilians, Military Siege since August 5, 2019, Kashmir Freedom Struggle, ISIS Funding, Fake Encounters, Change in Demographic Composition and Expectations from International Community.

The dossier said Kashmiris were also being used as human shields by positioning women and children in the line of fire during encounters, making them sleep at military camps forcing them to dig minefields and tying youth on military jeeps.

Pakistan said India had resorted to the use of snipers and cluster ammunition to target innocent Kashrniris living along the Line of Control. As many as 16 Kashmiris had been killed by Indian snipers, details of 10 victims have been included in the dossier.

One of the victims of sniper fire was only 9 years old. Ayyan Zahid resident of District Kotli who was killed by an Indian sniper on 18 February 2019. India has also been violating the international ban on the use of cluster ammunition and said in July 2019, India deliberately targeted 14 villages along the Line of Control with cluster ammunition causing four deaths and 14 injuries.

In June 2020, British MP Steve Baker urged the UK government to investigate the use of cluster ammunition and urged it to inspect the sites and evidence presented by Pakistan.

The Ministers urged the international community not to show callousness and apathy towards the Kashmiris. They said the world must force India to comply with its international and moral obligations and allow Kashmiris to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination as enshrined in international law and the relevant UNSC resolutions.

The document included 12 annexures including letters related to human rights abuses, a list of major fake encounters, reports and letters by EU, UN rapporteurs. It also contained a section depicting the genesis of the indigenous Kashmir Freedom Movement and how the brewing movement got triggered on 19 April 1931 when the Dogra rulers denied permission for Eid Sermons. It also mentioned a Times of London Report of Oct 10, 1948, which detailed how the Dogras “exterminated” 237,000 Muslims.

Quoting the British newspaper ‘The Guardian’, the dossier said the number of enforced disappearances in Kashmir range between 6,000 to 10,000. About 2,500 women, whose husbands “disappeared” were being treated as ‘Half Widows’ and were experiencing extreme distress. Since 2010, the Working Group on Enforced or Involuntary Disappearance (WGEID) has approached the Indian Government nine times to arrange a visit but has always been declined.

Pakistan also demanded of the Indian government to immediately; Stop human rights violations of innocent Kashmiris, Proceed against perpetrators highlighted in the dossier and bring them to justice, Halt demographic change and apartheid by lifting military and digital siege and release of all political prisoners, Allow unhindered access of UN, independent journalists & human rights and Civil society organizations to IIOJK.

The dossier also shared the GPS coordinates of five ISIS training Camps. It said evidence pointed that one such camp was located at Gulmarg, three in Rajasthan and one in Uttarakhand. “The Latitudes and Longitudes of these ISIS camps have been included in the Dossier.”