Kashmir: a question Imran Khan must answer
From 1949 to 2019, India dared not change the status of its illegally occupied parts of the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
During these seven decades, the Illegally Occupied Indian Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) has maintained a special status through a special provision under Article 370 of the Indian constitution which was ratified by the Constitutional Assembly of Occupied Indian Kashmir before its dissolution in 1957.
The question arises as to what prompted India in 2019 to suddenly decide to cancel the special status of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and illegally and unilaterally annex it to the Union of India as a two separate Union Territories; Jammu and Kashmir and Ladakh.
The worst thing about this illegal annexation is that there was no reaction from Prime Minister Imran Khan’s government except a speech at the United Nations General Assembly on September 27, 2019 and demonstrations in Pakistan to convince convinced them.
No diplomatic efforts were made on this illegal Indian act by the PTI government of Imran Khan, although he pledged to be the Kashmir ambassador for the resolution of the dispute in Kashmir.
It is worth mentioning that the closed meetings of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) led by China did not even condemn the Indian illegal act.
Furthermore, there was no statement from the UN Security Council, stressing the restoration of the special status of the IIOJK during its meetings behind closed doors.
The people of Pakistan and Kashmir around the world have the right to ask Mr. Imran Khan three questions; a) why did his government adopt a policy of silence on Kashmir, after India’s unilateral act of annexation of the IIOJK on August 5, 2019, b) what was agreed between Imran Khan and the former US President Trump on the future of Kashmir during his White House visit in July 2019, c) why the nation of Pakistan and Kashmiris were kept in the dark, if there was any agreement on the future of Kashmir between Imran Khan, Trump and India.
The nation of Pakistan and Kashmiris have real rights to put these questions to ex-Prime Minister Imran Khan, as Chief Executive of Pakistan and Ambassador to Kashmiris.
It is worth mentioning that former US President Donald Trump alienated and threatened Pakistan in his Afghanistan Policy (South Asia Policy) published in August 2017.
In this policy, Trump underlined a major role for India in Afghanistan by compelling Pakistan to make a statement in words; “lies and lies”.
Later in his new National Security Strategy (NSS) unveiled in December 2017, President Trump again bullied Pakistan along with Russia and China while appreciating India’s role.
In December 2018, impulsive US President Donald Trump wrote a letter to Prime Minister Imran Khan, asking for Pakistan’s help in resolving the Afghan crisis.
Following this letter, Pakistan extended its full support to the United States and brought the Afghan Taliban to the negotiating table, which resulted in an agreement between the United States and the Taliban on February 29, 2020 and later to the Taliban takeover in August 2021.
All of this was done according to the wish and will of the United States, which means that Imran Khan followed American directives.
In July 2019, President Trump surprisingly invited Prime Minister Imran Khan to Washington where, apart from other issues, the Kashmir dispute was at the center of attention.
President Trump has offered to mediate between India and Pakistan over Kashmir. During a media interview, President Trump said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had asked him (Trump) to “mediate or arbitrate” over the seven decades of conflict in Kashmir.
“If I can help, I would like to be a mediator. “It was an open statement on Kashmir by Trump in which Imran Khan was mysteriously calm.
Nevertheless, a few days after this visit, India illegally and unilaterally annexed the IIOJK to the Indian union as two union territories after removing its special status.
This Indian action clearly speaks to that; The roots of the IIOJK’s annexation to the Indian union go back to the meeting of President Trump and Prime Minister Imran Khan on July 22, 2019.
This argument is further strengthened when analyzed from the events that occurred between August 5, 2019 and April 2022.
India has put the Kashmiris of the IIOJK under a full siege and under a very strict curfew while brutalizing the masses through mass murders of young Kashmiris, torture, arrests and demographic changes in the IIOJK.
While all this was happening at the IIOJK, no tangible steps were taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan and his government to end the illegal and atrocious Indian acts at the IIOJK.
Instead, he officially arrested the Kashmiris of Azad Kashmir to surrender to the IIOJK for helping their brothers.
In fact, the protests and statements sponsored by the PTI government were simply aimed at covering up the Indian illegal act and massive human rights abuses in the IIOJK through a deceptive campaign aimed at betraying the masses. Pakistanis and the people of Kashmir.
Kashmir is not only a matter for the survival of Kashmiris, but a matter of national security and national interest of Pakistan without which Pakistan is incomplete.
Therefore, no one has the right to compromise on Kashmir’s future and Kashmir’s right to self-determination.
The nation of Pakistan and the people of Jammu and Kashmir have the right to ask Mr. Imran Khan what concessions were made to India on the future status of the occupied Indian parts of Jammu and Kashmir during his meeting with former US President Donald Trump on July 22. , 2019.
Indeed, this infamous meeting turned out to be the precursor to another occupation and annexation of the IIOJK to the Indian union.
— The author is a professor of politics and international relations at the International Islamic University in Islamabad.