Every year in Pakistan on 5th February the people celebrate public holiday known as Kashmir Day or Kashmir Solidarity Day. The main focus in this event is to support the Kashmiri people for the struggles that they have to face and in order to show unity among the people who are still living in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. Moreover, it is tribute to those Kashmiri martyrs who are still fighting for their freedom every day.
Historical background of Kashmir Day
There is a part of Kashmir which is known as Azad Jammu Kashmir. This region is named as Azad because this region is occupied by the government of Pakistan and in the Urdu language, Azad means Liberated. In 1990 the chief minister Nawaz Sharif first observed Kashmir Day and asked people to stand along with Kashmiri nation by praying for the Kashmiri freedom movement’s success. It was a protest against Indian Occupied Kashmir and ever since on 5th February Kashmir Day is celebrated as a public holiday in Pakistan.
Human Rights Abuse in Kashmir
Due to ongoing issues in Jammu Kashmir state, the Kashmiri people are becoming the victims due to the human rights abuses. Some of the major human rights abuses are as follows.
Kashmiri people are facing a high level of mass killings
People are enforced for disappearances by the Indian forces
The India forces are torturing people of Kashmir
The most uprising issue is of sexual abuse & rape cases
People are victimized by ongoing political repression
The Kashmiri people are highly suppressed in terms of freedom of speech
The Indian Army held accountable for severe human rights abuses against Kashmiri civilians
Human Massacre in Kashmir
According to some rights groups, more than 100,000 people have died in the ongoing crisis of Kashmir since 1986. However in the name of revelation according to Indian Army reports approximately more than 50,000 people have been executed.
As thousands of Kashmiris have been reported to be killed by Indian security forces in custody, extrajudicial executions and enforced disappearances and these human right violations are said to be carried out by Indian security forces under the tag of liberty. During India's counter-terrorism operations many civilians including women and children have been killed in the attacks.
Reason Behind the Loss of Human Life
The crime rate in Kashmir including the loss of human life is extinguished to a larger extent. As the Indian Army blames the Pakistani Army for crossing the line of control in Jammu Kashmir that resulted in the death of so many Kashmiri civilians.
In order to justify their shameful acts in a human right report, it is mentioned that the cavils were assaulted because of the search operations and killed because of the reprisal attacks.
In order to justify the rape and sexual assaults, they mentioned that it was to punish and humiliate the Kashmiri nation.
US State Department Reports of Killings in Kashmir
The US state department reported that there were many extrajudicial killings in Kashmir carried out by the Indian army in Jammu and Kashmir because Indian forces suspected rebels which resulted in a huge amount of killings of civilians. The report also described the insurgents were responsible for the killings and abuse. In the reports of the Indian Army regarding human rights abuse, it was clearly mentioned the human killings were fake or motivated that were based on the investigation performed by the Army. Moreover, in a US state department report, it is mentioned that the deaths of civilians in is the result of misuse of power and authority by the Indian Armed Forces Special Powers Act.
The importance of Kashmir Day
The Kashmir Solidarity Day is celebrated as a memory of struggles that the Kashmiri community has to go through until this day in the Indian Occupied Kashmir for their freedom. There are many special cultural programs are held every year on Kashmir day that mainly focuses on oppression and brutalities suffered by Kashmiris over the years.
Impact of Ongoing Issues of Kashmir till this Day
The Community residing in Indian Occupied Kashmir have suffered on an extreme level including women and children all civilians are victims of these ongoing crisis. Moreover, in the Indian Occupied Kashmir, the women are still facing rape and sexual abuse, civilians are getting tortured and 11.6% of respondents report sexual violence on a routine basis in Kashmir.
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