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India rejects Turkey’s offer to mediate in Kashmir dispute

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In an interview ahead of his first-ever visit to India, Turkish president Recep Tayip Erdogan made an offer to India to mediate talks between India and Pakistan over the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Narendra Modi government has rejected Erdogan’s offer – insisting that India wants to resolve the 70-year-old dispute bilaterally without a third party mediation. This is the same logic insisted by the successive Zionist regimes while refusing to talk to the elected government of Hamas.

On Tuesday, Islamabad rejected New Delhi’s proposal to resolve Kashmir dispute bilaterally, saying New Delhi has scuttled all opportunities for meaningful dialogue over the past two decades, and asserted it should take up on Turkish President’s offer for multilateral talks on Kashmir once and for all.

Nobody believes that thousands of young boys and girls, who have been agitating ceaselessly since July 2016, are terrorists. The Indian government has broken its own record of brutality in Indian Occupied Kashmir. Indian forces have blinded hundreds of Kashmiris, including children, and injured over 16,000 protesters with live ammunition, pellet guns and gas shells,” Sartaj Aziz foreign policy adviser to Pakistani prime minister Nawaz Sharif said in a statement.

The statement pointed out that the people of IHK are “losing faith in Indian democracy”, citing low voter turn-out during the recently held by-polls in Srinagar as evidence.

On April 2017, Iranian ambassador in Islamabad Mehdi Honadoost in an interview offered Tehran’s mediation in the Jammu and Kashmir dispute. India is Iran’s second largest buyer (US$16 billion) after China (US$52 billion).

In early March, 2017, Trump administration too offered to mediate between Pakistan and India on the disputed Muslim-majority state of Jammu and Kashmir. India refused calling it a bilateral issue.

India is following Israeli tactics to change demographic situation in its occupied Jammu and Kashmir state. On May 18, 1993, Shimon Peres, then foreign minister visited India. He told his Indian counterpart: “India should not be afraid or hesitate to populate Kashmir with people from all over India. Only a demographic change in Kashmir can help India to claim it. The idea of a Muslim majority state living peacefully with a Hindu majority community is idiotic and this idea is nothing but anathema.”

India did implemented war-criminal’s advice. In August 1947, when British colonists withdrew from Indo-subcontinent, Jammu and Kashmir was a Muslim majority princely state. The Muslims at that time constituted 72.40% of the population and as per 2011 census they are 68.27%. The total population of Indian occupied Kashmir, at present, is 12,548,926.

Since anti-Muslim Narendra Modi, assumed power in 2014, India has intensified its plans to change the demographic composition of Jammu and Kashmir and convert the Muslim majority into a minority. In its manifesto and official statements, the BJP has openly announced that the special status to Jammu and Kashmir mandated by Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution besides Article 6 of Indian Occupied Kashmir constitution would be done away with. The BJP says, albeit through several constitutional and legal frauds, India has already made Kashmir’s separate status just a façade.

Bhobiner Singh, former lieutenant-governor of Andaman and Nicobar Islands and Puducherry, wrote on May 3, 2017 that India will never succeed in solving Kashmir issue with military muscles.

India routinely accuses Pakistan of arming and training Kashmiri freedom fighters and the US has started accusing Russia of arming the Taliban which is a blanket name used to describe any group opposed to foreign occupation of Afghanistan. I hope that Russia and Pakistan take the cue and start doing what they are being accused of. The hegemons feel that only they have the right to play such dirty games. It is time to pay them back in the same coin. There’s no other way. If India could arm proxies against Pakistan, why is it taboo for us to arm Kashmiris fighting for their freedom? In a world bloodied by US-armed proxies, what’s wrong with Russia arming Afghans fighting foreign occupation? Given India’s provocative romance with the Dalai Lama, shouldn’t China support the groups fighting Indian repression in its north-east? In a world at war with no holds barred, why must only the good guys follow all the rules?,” said Jalees Hazir, a freelance columnist at The Nation on May 4, 2017.

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