Pakistan’s new ‘premier’ exposes doublespeak about ‘self-determination’ of Kashmiri people, India slams the exercise

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Pakistan has been claiming that Kashmiri people have self-determination and their right to self-determination must be respected. It also claims that the Kashmiri people want to live in peace and prosperity with Pakistan.

These claims are false as Pakistan has shown its true colours on many occasions and has continued to suppress the people of Kashmir.

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1. Pakistan has been caught in a lie and India has reacted

The Pakistani establishment has been caught in a lie and India has reacted. India has accused Pakistan of changing the goalposts on Kashmir. India has said that Pakistan has been changing “its position on Kashmir every few months,” and that it has been “utterly dishonest about the position it has taken on Kashmir for the past 70 years.”

2. Pakistan’s double-speak

The recent announcement by Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan that PoK would be given a “premier” status and the announcement of a new ‘Pakistan Occupied Kashmir’ flag by Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry has created a lot of anger and confusion among Kashmiris.

Pakistan has always adopted a two-faced policy on Kashmir. While on the one hand it has always claimed that Kashmir is an integral part of Pakistan, on the other hand it has been trying to claim that Kashmir is a disputed territory.

Pakistan has always claimed that Kashmir is an integral part of Pakistan. Quaid-e-Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah, the founder of Pakistan, said that Kashmir is the “jugular vein of Pakistan”. In a speech on October 7, 1948, he said: “Kashmir is an integral part of Pakistan and we will fight for its liberation.”

On the other hand, Pakistan has also been trying to claim that Kashmir is a disputed territory. In the United Nations Security Council, Pakistan has been trying to get the resolution on Kashmir passed for the past 70 years. Pakistan has also been trying to get the Kashmir issue included in the agenda of the United Nations.

The double-speak on Kashmir by Pakistan is nothing new. It has been doing this for the past seven decades.

3. Pakistan’s hypocrisy

India has slammed Pakistan for its recent cosmetic exercise of declaring a new province of Azad Kashmir in the country’s north-west. Pakistan has long claimed that Kashmir is a disputed territory and that the Indian occupation of the region is illegal.

However, a recent statement by Pakistan’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, revealed that Azad Kashmir has been declared a “premier” province of Pakistan.

The Ministry of Foreign Affairs statement said, “Azad Kashmir has been declared a premier province of Pakistan and is a special case in the country’s constitution.”

Pakistan has for years presented itself as a champion of the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination.

But a report by the human rights organisation Amnesty International has accused the Pakistani military of committing serious rights abuses in Kashmir, including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture.

The report, “Denied: Lack of accountability for human rights abuses in Kashmir”, documents the Pakistani authorities’ failure to investigate or prosecute members of the security forces implicated in serious rights abuses.

“The Pakistani authorities have utterly failed the people of Kashmir, who have borne the brunt of the country’s long-running conflict with India,” said Amnesty’s South Asia Director, Biraj Patnaik.

“While Pakistan has paid lip service to the idea of human rights, in reality it has turned a blind eye to the horrific abuses committed by its own security forces.”

The report documents the cases of more than 160 people who have been killed by the security forces in Kashmir since January 2016.

In most cases, the victims were unlawfully killed – including through extrajudicial executions – and their bodies were often dumped in unmarked graves.

Enforced disappearances have also been widespread, with the authorities often refusing to disclose the detainees’ whereabouts or fate.

Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees is routine, and is often used to extract confessions or gather intelligence.

“The Pakistani authorities have long claimed to support the people of Kashmir in their quest for self-determination,” said Biraj Patnaik.

“But the reality is that they have turned a blind eye to decades of abuse and allowed perpetrators to walk free. This has to stop.”

Pakistan has for years presented itself as a champion of the Kashmiri people’s right to self-determination.

But a report by the human rights organisation Amnesty International has accused the Pakistani military of committing serious rights abuses in Kashmir, including extrajudicial killings, enforced disappearances and torture.

The report, “Denied: Lack of accountability for human rights abuses in Kashmir”, documents the Pakistani authorities’ failure to investigate or prosecute members of the security forces implicated in serious rights abuses.

“The Pakistani authorities have utterly failed the people of Kashmir, who have borne the brunt of the country’s long-running conflict with India,” said Amnesty’s South Asia Director, Biraj Patnaik.

“While Pakistan has paid lip service to the idea of human rights, in reality it has turned a blind eye to the horrific abuses committed by its own security forces.”

The report documents the cases of more than 160 people who have been killed by the security forces in Kashmir since January 2016.

In most cases, the victims were unlawfully killed – including through extrajudicial executions – and their bodies were often dumped in unmarked graves.

Enforced disappearances have also been widespread, with the authorities often refusing to disclose the detainees’ whereabouts or fate.

Torture and other ill-treatment of detainees is routine, and is often used to extract confessions or gather intelligence.

“The Pakistani authorities have long claimed to support the people of Kashmir in their quest for self-determination,” said Biraj Patnaik.

“But the reality is that they have turned a blind eye to decades of abuse and allowed perpetrators to walk free. This has to stop.”

4. Conclusion.

This article is about the recent decision in Pakistan to grant Kashmiris the right to self-determination.

The article also discusses the situation in Kashmir and the Indian government’s response. 

The article also discusses the double-speak of Pakistan that this decision reveals. The article concludes with a warning that “Self-determination is a fragile thing.