Terming the hanging of Parliament attack convict Muhammad Afzal Guru’s hanging as a ‘historic blunder’ on part of New Delhi, noted human rights activist and writer, Gautam Navlakha today said the hanging gave a message to Kashmiris that government of India is not interested in any kind of democratic or political solution of the Kashmir issue.
“Solution of the Kashmir issue as per wishes of Kashmiris is important for the well being of entire south Asian region. By hanging Guru New Delhi sent across a negative message to Kashmiri people that it is not interested in democratic or political solution to the vexed Kashmir issue,” Navlakha said while talking to a local news agency, KNS. He said the consequences of such steps will have to be borne by entire south Asia in future.
Navlakha ruled out possibility of any solution to the vexed Kashmir issue within the constitution of India. “Autonomy, self rule etc are useless concepts. Making them as alternatives to Kashmir solution is wrong as Kashmir issue is a different issue. These formulas will not solve the issue. There is no solution to Kashmir issue within the ambit of Indian Constitution. If there was, it would it not have been solved by no,” he added.
He said that instead of accepting Kashmiris wishes, government of India is trying to suppress Kashmir voice through force and suppression. “No nation can be suppressed through force nor can people be silenced through atrocities and pressure tactics. Such things don’t work for ever,” he added.
The noted HR activist said it was wrong to think that situation in Kashmir is normal. “By saying that situation in Kashmir is normal government is misleading the world community which it has been doing for last 66 years and the results are before us. Kashmiri have always been peace loving. They have all the time been waiting for democratic and political solution. However, Delhi failed to respond accordingly”, Navlakha claimed. He held government of India’s reluctance to solve the Kashmir issue as the main reason for spurt in militancy in the recent past.
He said the government of India has shut all doors of justice on Kashmiris and atrocities are being committed on them for last two decades.
“Cases like Kunan-poshpora have not been investigated for more than twenty years now. Atrocities are being committed on Kashmiris over last two decades and the culprits are not being brought to book. On the other hand human rights violations are being inflicted while justice remains evasive,” Navlakha told KNS. He said the treatment meted out to common Kashmiris is by all means undemocratic and inhuman.
“There are extremist Hindu parties which are encroaching upon the rights of common people in various cities across India but no action is taken against them. But when Kashmiris come out in support of their democratic and human rights, they are suppressed through brute force.