By: Arun Joshi
The pieces of puzzle have fallen into place . Now it is clear that Pakistan was behind all the rumours that the Union Territory of Jammu and Kashmir is going to be further bifurcated to change its demography, the simple translation of which is undermining of the Muslim-majority character of the Himalayan territory.
Pakistan has made it evident itself . The aim of the rumours broadcast as something inevitable in the offing was to trigger unrest among the people , disturb their mental peace and stall all the developments, including on the political front . Islamabad is back to its favourite game of stoking trouble in Jammu and Kashmir by fissure creating tactics to disturb polity .
The rumours served as uncanny resemblance to the events preceding August 5, 2019, when J&K lost its epical status and the state was divided into two Union Territories. This time , the word was that Jammu region will get statehood, and the Kashmir Valley would be bifurcated into two zones- one each for Muslims , and other reserved for the rehabilitation of migrant Kashmiri Pandits . No one knew from where these rumours had emanated and whether there was any substance behind it . The matters were further complicated when the Kashmiri leaders , including three- time chief minister Farooq Abdullah said , “ I don’t know anything . They ( Delhi ) can do anything . Only Allah knows what all is going to happen.’. This was on June 9. The rumours gathered momentum .
Two days later , Lieutenant Governor Manoj Sinha dispelled all these speculations as rumours by those who wanted to keep their political interests alive in Jammu and Kashmir.,” and added that , “ many people who don’t have anything worthwhile to do are taking recourse to rumours to stir emotions to mislead public for their own vested interests.”
Pakistan’s Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi , who is the front of Pakistan’s mischievous policies on Kashmir, has written a letter to the UN President and Secretary General , seeking their intervention to prevent India, from what he called further division of Jammu and Kashmir.
According to the selected contents of the letter reported in Pakistani media , Qureshi is reported to have written to the UN about Islamabad’s “ grave concern to the United Nations Security Council on reports indicating that India might impose “ further illegal and unilateral measures in Kashmir, including “ division , bifurcation and additional demographic changes in the
Now it appears clearly that Pakistan that had operated in the background and used the cyber space and overground workers in the Valley to give a shape to the rumours was bent upon not leaving the things mid-way. Qureshi’s letter to the UN President and Secretary General has substantiated Pakistan’s role in this misadventure that helps it deflect attention from its own woes and meddling into the internal affairs of its neighbours , including Afghanistan.
Islamabad’s intentions are very clear; its domestic politics on roller coaster. The ugly scenes in which abuses were hurled by the lawmakers and budget books were used as missiles to target each other in the National Assembly on Tuesday showed that how fragile the political situation had become it the country . There is a strong possibility of army taking it over from the politicians who have shown little or no sense of behaving responsibly . This is to distract attention from this possibility , and to claim that Pakistan’s current political dispensation was fighting for Kashmiris , saving them from further fragmentation .
The international community is more worried about Pakistan ‘s role in Afghanistan . The international community is watching closely that how Pakistan is projecting itself as a peacemaker in Afghanistan and at the same time encouraging and emboldening Taliban in accelerating the crisis in the war-torn country .
Pakistan is trying to avoid censure from the international community that is wary of its role in Afghanistan . It is having close relationship with Taliban that is threatening the Afghan regime . It is using Talban as a tool to increase its influence in Afghanistan. The US and the rest of the world knows it , so it is trying to shift attention from its diabolical game in Afghanistan by floating balloons of runmours regarding Kashmir and change of its geography. The UN is its favourite platform where it seeks to air all the propaganda against India on Kashmir . It is back to its familiar game .
About the Author:
Arun Joshi is a senior journalist based in J&K. He has worked with Hindustan Times, Times of India, Indian Express and The Tribune.
He has authored “ Eyewitness Kashmir: Teetering on Nuclear War” and three other books.
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