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The most dangerous place in the world

On the eve of his visit to South Asia in March 2000, American President Bill Clinton referred to the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir as “the most dangerous place in the world”.
This was not an exaggeration but recognition of the fact that the Kashmir dispute, made even more volatile by the popular Kashmiri uprising against the Indian occupation, could escalate into war between two nuclear weapon states.The recent Pulwama incident has once again raised the spectre of war between Pakistan and India which can, either through intention or accident, lead to the use of nuclear weapons.Therefore, Kashmir still remains the most dangerous place in the world and it is incumbent on all sides to act responsibly in order to avoid Armageddon.The Pulwama attack in which more than 40 Indian paramilitary troops were killed by a young Kashmiri, Adil Ahmad Dar, who had been tortured by Indian forces  should not come as a surprise.For more than seven decades, India has resorted to brute force to put down the Kashmiri struggle for self-determination.
Indian failure is not just due to the brave resilience of the Kashmiri people but also due to the escalating levels of Indian brutality that has made the Kashmiri resolve even stronger.Despite the presence of more than 700,000 Indian troops armed with draconian powers, nearly 90,000 casualties, use of indiscriminate killings, torture, rape, illegal detentions, and disappearances as instruments of policy, India has failed to intimidate the Kashmiris.
Now, an entirely new generation has taken up the struggle, including children in their teens. Even they have not been spared from the cowardly Indian use of indiscriminate firepower including pellet guns that have blinded and maimed hundreds of them.No wonder Kashmiri youth like Dar are ready to sacrifice their lives to exact revenge on their tormentors.All Indian governments since 1947 have refused to recognise the reality that Kashmiris do not want to be a part of India.
Instead they have blamed Pakistan for promoting “terrorism” in Kashmir.The Modi government of Hindu chauvinists and extremists has taken this repressive charade to an even lower level  seeking a Nazi-type fascist solution in Kashmir by settlement of Hindus in the Muslim majority valley to change its demographic character.Viewed from this perspective, the Indian allegations of Pakistan-sponsored terrorism in occupied Kashmir are hollow. The Kashmiris are fighting for themselves and do not need persuasion from Pakistan.
Some Indian political and military leaders now acknowledge this fact.In terms of international legal norms, the UN Charter and several UN resolutions recognise not only the legitimacy of the struggle of peoples under foreign occupation and alien domination to wage an armed struggle for their freedom and realisation of the right of self-determination, as is the case of the Kashmiris, but also draw a clear distinction between terrorism and the legitimate struggle for self-determination.
Therefore, the Kashmiris are not engaged in terrorism but a legitimate struggle for their inalienable right to self-determination.Unfortunately, however, in the realm of realpolitik, international law and principles are only relevant when they suit the powerful — as in East Timor or South Sudan, but not Kashmir or Palestine.
After 9/11, America’s war on terror has essentially targeted all Muslims as terrorists even if they are involved in a just and legitimate struggle under international law.India was quick to seize this opportunity by fully aligning with the US and Israel to project Muslims as terrorists, including of course the Kashmiris.
False flag operations carried out by Indian security forces and ‘Sarkari’ militants have been blamed on the Kashmiris and Pakistan.The Americans, instead of determining the truth, are just happy to have India join them in the fight against ‘Islamist terrorism’.

Today, this is even truer of Trump and his crowd of bigoted anti-Muslims who have found a fellow fascist in Modi. No wonder Trump says he is “a great fan of Hindu”.This has added to the prevailing dangers of an Indo-Pakistan conflict. Modi and his Hindutva cohorts, who have already created mass hysteria against Pakistan and Kashmiris, are now braying for blood to avenge the Pulwama attack.Forthcoming Indian elections make Modi even more desperate to be seen as being muscular.Apart from threatening to ‘isolate’ Pakistan and withdrawing the MFN status, military options are being explored.American support for Indian allegations against Pakistan could make India even more adventurous in its actions.Despite all this Indian bravado, it will have to be cold hard logic that will determine Indian response.‘Isolating’ Pakistan has already been tried and failed.Withdrawal of the MFN status is meaningless given the low volume of bilateral trade, and in any case Indian non-tariff barriers have already stunted Pakistani exports to India.While sponsoring terrorist attacks is possible, any ‘surgical strike’, like the last one, would be more of a sham.Heavy artillery or air strikes are also possible.Then there is the much-hyped ‘Cold Start’ type limited military operations option. But the Indians are fully aware of Pakistan’s Full Spectrum deterrence doctrine and it remains to be seen whether they will risk testing it.

Prime Minister Imran Khan has already assured them that Pakistan will surely respond. Significantly, former Indian generals like General DS Hooda, former head of the Northern Command, and in whose tenure the so-called surgical strike was carried out, has suggested caution and hoped for ‘rethinking and reconciliation’ from all sides.Owing to these factors, the only realistic option for India is to seek a sustainable solution to the Kashmir dispute through dialogue with Pakistan and the Kashmiris.As their American allies have learned in Afghanistan, there is no military solution to such problems.
Only then can Kashmir cease to be the most dangerous place in the world.

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Pulwama terror attack: India withdraws Most Favoured Nation (MNF) status to Pakistan, says Jaitley

In the worst ever terror attack in the Valley, a suicide bomber rammed his explosive-laden Scorpio SUV into a CRPF bus in Pulwama in Kashmir.
By |New Delhi | Related News Pulwama attack: India says will make Pakistan pay, Opposition stands with govtChina refuses to change stance on listing JeMs Masood Azhar as global terrorist by UNStrong US-India relation core of our approach to Indo-Pacific: Acting Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary Arun Jaitley briefs media after the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) meeting (Express Photo by Anil Sharma)A day after 38 men of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were killed in a terror attack in Jammu and Kashmirs Pulwama district, India on Friday withdrew the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) status to Pakistan.
Briefing the media after attending a meeting of the Cabinet Committee on Security (CCS) in New Delhi, senior Cabinet minister Arun Jaitley said the Ministry of External Affairs will launch an all-out effort to isolate Pakistan for orchestrating the dastardly attack on the CRPF personnel.Advertising The bus was ferrying over 40 soldiers, and was part of a convoy of 78 vehicles with 2,547 CRPF personnel, moving from Jammu to Srinagar.
Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad claimed responsibility for the attack and identified the bomber as a 20-year-old local resident from south Kashmir’s Pulwama district. Pulwama attack LIVE updatesThe Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) will initiate all possible diplomatic steps which are to be taken to ensure the complete isolation from the international community of Pakistan of which incontrovertible is available of having a direct hand in this act, Jaitley said, adding that it will withdraw the MNF status granted to the neighbouring country in 1996.
Most Favoured Nation is a treatment accorded to a trade partner to ensure non-discriminatory trade between two countries vis-a-vis other trade partners. The importance of MFN is shown in the fact that it is the first clause in the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade (GATT).
Under WTO rules, a member country cannot discriminate between its trade partners. If a special status is granted to a trade partner, it must be extended to all members of the WTO.
Soldiers deployed on the highway after the attack on Thursday. (Express photo by Shuaib Masoodi)Prime Minister Narendra Modi Friday said those who committed the heinous act will pay “a heavy price”.
“Those who did the heinous act will have to pay a heavy price. Those who supported it will definitely be punishment,” PM Modi said.
“To all my colleagues, in ruling and Opposition, it’s a sensitive time. We need to speak in one voice because this battle is for us to win.
As condemnation poured in from all quarters, Prime Minister Modi Thursday promised that the “sacrifices of our brave security personnel shall not go in vain”, while Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh, who blamed Pakistan for the terror attack, said a “strong reply” will be given

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