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If India Is Following the Israel Model, Pakistan Must Follow The Iranian Model In Kashmir – Pak Writer

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Many analysts have criticized the Indian Government for following the Israeli model in Kashmir with Pakistan being at the forefront. What is the so-called Israel model in Kashmir that India is apparently following?

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EurAsian Times stumbled-upon an OpEd which claims that with over 700,000 Indian soldiers stationed in Kashmir valley, the people of the region are being ruled by the might of the Indian military establishment. The day, army leaves, Kashmir could witness a massive rebellion and agitations.

Since the commencement of militancy in the late 1980s, around 100,000 people, as per the OpEd, have been killed with over 7,000 cases of forced disappearances and thousands blinded and crippled by pellets and live ammunition.

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As EurAsian Times reported, India, last year, abrogated the contentious Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir. Indian home minister Amit Shah announced that the country would be abrogating a special clause in the constitution regarding Kashmir, welcomed by a thunderous applause in the Parliament and country-wide jubilation.

In so doing (with the abrogation of Article 370), the OpEd states that India turned from an administrator to a coloniser, just like Israel, which also seeks to accomplish an absolute control of the state and its subjects.

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For decades, the report claims that the RSS has been calling for the withdrawal of Article 370 from Kashmir and rebuild a Hindu India. In the 1980s, the BJP began campaigning with the pledge of majoritarian rule.

This included ending the “privileges” enjoyed by Muslims – even if they were and remain the poorest and most undeveloped community in India. It also included promoting Kashmir, home to countless shrines and temples, and part of Hinduism’s magnificent past in the region.

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Part and parcel of this attempt has been the ramping up of the Amarnath Yatra pilgrimage. As Mona Bhan, a professor at Syracuse University, a native Kashmiri Pandit and married to a Kashmir iMuslim writes – in Resisting Occupation in Kashmir, the past decade has seen New Delhi renovate temples to further “tie Kashmir to India through spiritual and religious connections”.

“The type of ‘democratic’ state represented by Israel is the ideal model the Hindu nationalist movement, led by the RSS, seeks to establish in an Indian variant,” Sumantra Bose, professor at the LSE, claims.

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More importantly, it also paves the way for a full settler-colonial project in Kashmir with the next stage likely to involve Hindu-only enclaves, much like Jewish settlements in the West Bank.

Though over 500,000 Kashmiri Pandits left Kashmir in the 1990s in fear of their lives as the militancy intensified, Kashmiri Muslim leaders have regularly called for their return.

Kashmir does not have a history of communal tension between Muslims and Hindus like the rest of the county. OpEd claims that the attempt to bring Pandits and other Indians back as settlers is seen as a provocation.

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After the Indian government issued a gazette notification very recently regarding the Jammu and Kashmir domicile laws, Pakistan, as expected, has denounced the decision, calling it a strategy to change the demography of the volatile region.

As reported by the EurAsian Times earlier, a person residing in Jammu and Kashmir for at least fifteen years will now be eligible to be a domicile of the union territory, according to the new rules.

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The OpED writes that just like Israel, the Modi-government has been designating the problems in Kashmir as a religious issue and conveniently ignoring the roots of the political dispute and exaggerating the role of Islamic extremism and thus justifying the military crackdown.

As New Delhi sees it, changing the demographics in Kashmir, just the way Israel has done, would evade the political aspirations of Muslim-Kashmiris and resolve the seemingly unmanageable Kashmir problem forever. It would also secure Modi’s legacy.

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As a blogger in Pakistan Defence writes, if India is following the Israel model in Kashmir, Pakistan must follow the Iranian model of Iraq and Syria. OpEd By Azad Essa By Middle East Eye.

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Taliban rejects calls for cease-fire by the Afghan Government, International community

In line with a landmark US-Taliban peace agreement — which was only cautiously welcomed by the Afghan government — some 5,000 Taliban prisoners should have been released months ago from government prisons in return for the estimated 1,000 captive security forces.

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The Taliban on Sunday rejected mounting calls for a ceasefire by the Afghan government and the global community, saying they were yet to find “an alternative” to the ongoing insurgency.

The group’s spokesman, Zabiullah Mujahed, said on Twitter that the implementation of the Doha deal signed between the US and Taliban on Feb. 29 and the start of intra-Afghan negotiations would be necessary for the conflict to de-escalate and end. “If anyone seeks ceasefire before talks then such is illogical. War is raging precisely b/c we have yet to find an alternative,” he said.

Mujahed underlined that prisoner exchanges must be completed and intra-Afghan negotiations launched “immediately” for a resolution to the fighting.

Last week, Afghan President Mohammed Ashraf Ghani warned the peace process might face “serious challenges” if the Taliban continued with the war.

In a virtual conference with the representatives of some 20 regional countries and international organizations, Ghani underlined that though the Afghan government had the capacity and political will to end the war, it had offered the Taliban a political solution to move away from violence.

“The champions of peace will be people of Afghanistan and the region. Regional support for a democratic system in Afghanistan would further strengthen regional cooperation,” he said.

The rejuvenated yet fragile Afghan peace deal hinges on sluggish prison swaps testing the patience of the warring parties.

In line with a landmark US-Taliban peace agreement — which was only cautiously welcomed by the Afghan government — some 5,000 Taliban prisoners should have been released months ago from government prisons in return for the estimated 1,000 captive security forces.

The freeing of prisoners came to a halt less than halfway through in May amid bitter exchanges and allegations, as well as a spike in violence across the war-ravaged country.

According to official sources, there are 12,000-15,000 inmates in Afghan government prisons, including militants from Pakistan, Central Asia and Gulf countries. No figures are available on captives held by the insurgents.

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Four Pakistan Army soldiers killed in North Waziristan near Afghan Border

The clash occurred near Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan, near the border with Afghanistan, during a raid on a hideout and resulted in the death of four troops, the statement by Pakistan’s army said.

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Four Pakistan Army soldiers and as many militants were killed in a clash in Pakistan’s restive North Waziristan region on Sunday, the military said.

The clash occurred near Miranshah, the capital of North Waziristan, near the border with Afghanistan, during a raid on a hideout and resulted in the death of four troops, the statement by Pakistan’s army said.

“As soon as the troops cordoned off the area, terrorist opened fire. All dug out terrorists were shot down by security forces, ” the statement said, adding: “In exchange of fire, four soldiers embraced shahadat (martyrdom).”

The killed soldiers included Sepoy Muhammad Ismail Khan, Sepoy Muhammad Shahbaz Yasin, Sepoy Raja Waheed Ahmed and Sepoy Muhammad Rizwan Khan.

North Waziristan – once dubbed the heartland of militancy – is one of seven former semi-autonomous tribal regions in Pakistan where the army has conducted a series of operations since 2014 to eliminate Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan (TTP).

Successive operations have pushed the TTP towards neighbouring Afghanistan, and Islamabad claims the terrorist network has now set up bases across the border to attack Pakistani security forces.

The military operations also displaced over a million people, but the government claims most of them have returned to their homes. The tribal agencies were recently given the status of districts and merged with the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province.

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Hundreds protest in the UK againt arms sales to Saudi Arabia, UAE

The protest organized by the Stop the War Coalition took place days after the UK government’s decision to continue arming the Saudi-led coalition.

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Hundreds of people on Sunday (July 12) gathered in front of the Embassy of the UAE, in central London to call on the British government to end arms sales to the Saudi Kingdom and the UAE.

The protest organized by the Stop the War Coalition took place days after the UK government’s decision to continue arming the Saudi-led coalition.

A statement on Stop the War Coalition’s web site said: “Anti-war campaigners say Saudi-led intervention in Yemen will only compound existing tensions and violence in the crisis-ridden state.”

The anti-war group accuses the Saudi regime of playing a leading role in almost every “anti-democratic development in the Middle East.”

On July 7, Britain announced that it will resume arms sales to Saudi Arabia a year after the court of appeal declared the UK government acted unlawfully by selling arms to the kingdom without first assessing whether they were involved in breaches of international humanitarian law.

Trade Secretary Liz Truss said in a written statement to parliament that an official government review found that airstrikes in Yemen that breached international humanitarian law were only “isolated incidents.”

“The government will now begin the process of clearing the backlog of licence applications for Saudi Arabia and its coalition partners that has built up since 20 June last year,” she said.

Britain is one of Saudi Arabia’s top arms suppliers. Over the past five years, the UK’s top arms manufacturer, BAE Systems, sold Saudi Arabia £15 billion ($18.8 million) worth of arms.

The government review, sparked by the court of appeal’s decisions in June 2019, assessed examples of Saudi airstrikes using British equipment that could have breached international humanitarian law and killed civilians.

The arms and equipment sold to the Saudi Kingdom by the U.K. include air-to-air missiles, aircraft components, sniper rifles, anti-riot gear, ballistic shields and body armour.

Yemen has been beset by violence and chaos since 2014, when Houthi rebels overran much of the country, including the capital Sanaa. The crisis escalated in 2015 when a Saudi-led military coalition launched a devastating air campaign aimed at rolling back Houthi territorial gains.

Tens of thousands of Yemenis, including civilians, are believed to have been killed in the conflict, which has led to the world’s worst humanitarian crisis as millions remain at risk of starvation.

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