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U.N. concerned over Kashmir unrest

August 3, 2010

U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon has expressed concern over the weeks of violent anti-government protests in Kashmir which have killed more than 30 people, dragged in more troops and locked down the disputed Himalayan region.

Policemen stand guard at a barricade set up to stop Kashmiri protesters during a curfew in Srinagar August 2, 2010. REUTERS/Fayaz KabliA separatist strike and security lockdown has dragged on for nearly a month-and-a-half in Muslim-majority Kashmir, a region at the core of a dispute between India and Pakistan.

“In relation to recent developments in Indian-administered Kashmir, the Secretary-General is concerned over the prevailing security situation there over the past month,” Farhan Haq, Ban Ki-Moon’s spokesperson said in a statement.

The Secretary-General has called on all concerned to exercise utmost restraint and address problems peacefully.

But security forces, to quell the daily street protests, have launched a major crackdown across Kashmir and detained at least 1,400 people. The arrests are fuelling more anger.

Most separatist leaders have been arrested or placed under house arrest.

The government has ordered a judicial probe into the deaths of 17 people, mostly protesters, in an attempt to end the crisis amid the biggest demonstrations against Indian rule in two years across the Valley.

But separatists have rejected the magisterial probe and termed it mere eyewash.

The Indian government has blamed separatists and Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based militant group for stoking the latest protests but Kashmiris say the pro-freedom demonstrations are mostly spontaneous.

Most of those killed in the protests are teenagers and many who take part in daily protests are young. Kashmir’s new generation of radicalised separatists may prove a big challenge to New Delhi in future.

Analysts are worried that if New Delhi fails to check the growing protests, deaths and rights violations Kashmir could slide into a fresh phase of armed uprising that could hurt peace efforts between India and Pakistan.

Peace in Kashmir is seen as crucial for improving relations between the two. Both claim the Kashmir region in full but rule it in part.

According to the U.N. statement, Ban Ki-Moon has encouraged both India and Pakistan to rekindle the spirit of the composite dialogue, which was initiated in 2004.

One of the oldest U.N. missions, the United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), still monitors a 1949 ceasefire line dividing Kashmir between India and Pakistan.

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I am a kashmiri and I request people around the world to help us.We want freedom from indian atrocities. our people are being killed by indian forces.our women are being raped.We are helpless.india is using itz full power to curb our freedom struggle.Even it is trying to send a wrong message to the world by saying that kashmir unrest is itz internal matter.I want to ask here that why isnt india giving us the right to self determination as promised to us.please help us.

Posted by zahidzaire | Report as abusive
 

India is a democracy, where every citizen has equal rights, whether they are in kashmir or elsewhere. As a developing country, we have our shortcomings, and one cannot deny the fact that certain army men might have mistreated or illbehaved with kashmirirs.but, it doesn’t mean you can generalize that security forces are targeting kashmiris. I live in north india and i have been harassed several times by police. But, never I have thought of dividing India.
The problems being faced by you and me is mainly due to corruption and lack of accountability. As we develop and our institution becomes strong, these things would be weeded out.
To be frank, i do not think that apart from developed world none of the countries have systems and institutions to protect civil rights as we have in India.
Although, I am sympathetic to your problems, but similar problems are being faced by many others living in different part of the country. I request you, not to go into propoganda of few sepratists and pakistan supported elements.You can very well see that where pakistan is headed.

Kashmir belongs to India and Indians. Those who want to be a part of India, are welcomed by Indians. But, even then if you think we are committing atrocities targeted against you, this is a democratic country and you are free to go to any place else.

Posted by mesmero | Report as abusive
 

how un chief’s statement is going to help kashmir problem when india an emerging contender of permanent un security council membership . do not give dam to any power on globe regarding kashmir;referring it as its integral part;not accepting un resolutions on kashmir; is just going to escalate violence in kashmir without any tangible outcome…..may it is just to please pakistan by western powers who need them in afganistan……..

Posted by waleekamil | Report as abusive
 

Kashmiri people’s freedom struggle! well with due respect we Indians do are sure Kashmiri people are really correct to say we are trying to curb their freedom. Freedom from India is what the call by these fighters.True everybody has right to freedom.But how will the sustenance of the desired free kashmir be ensured while being in such a fragile area while being surrounded by Pakistan on one hand and by China on the other and obviously India down below. Sounds like the free Kashmir would have to work hard enough to sustain. Now over the high handedness of police and personnel etc.Obviously the paramillitary forces use excessive force at times and yes there are fake encounters but we Indians are sure and aware about the few shrewd police personnel who carry out fake encounters in India now and then, recent ones except in Kashmir was carried out in Ghaziabad and Delhi NCR. There are many such instances happening all over India so how can we say that Indian Police and Paramillitary forces are being biased against Kashmiri’s only, we have had same instances being repeated all over India across metro cities and tribal belts. So can we say India is singling out Kashmir only? Well of course if there is curfew in any city in India and you have been warned to stay in your homes and you venture out of your home then as per basic common sense you are bound to be shot at or lathicharged by the police personnel. This is what I have seen happening all over India till now whenever the curfew was imposed in any city. If India wanted to suppress Kashmiris then why would it build infrastructure road links , rail links-costly n time consuming project, dams etc n etc. Well Indians are proud that Kashmir, Heaven on Earth, is part of India, we surely are. And yes a question at last why is there no concern from kashmir within for the displaced kashmiri pandits when the kashmiri pandits have been for centuries part of kashmiri history before being thrown out of their birth place.

Posted by makjawar | Report as abusive
 

When Kashmiris burn Indian flags their dissent can be understood. But by hosting Pakistani flags, you stupid people justify India’s military crackdown and loose every bit of sympathy you may earn from rest of the India.

Kashmiris should stop their temptation to resort to brick-pelting and vandalism and then you guys may have a better chances of getting autonomy.

Posted by Seth | Report as abusive
 

I simply can feel sorry for the comments made by mesmero. He has no clue about the history of Kashmir. He must be an RSS sympathizer as his comments are completely irrelevant. He has forgotten how India grabbed Kashmir on Oct. 27 1947 when its dirty forces landed on our pious land and we still celebrate it as the darkest day in our history. I just came from Kashmir and I can simply say that the so called “Gandhian non violence” is being raped by these goons in Khaki and every Indian should be ashamed of it. India should be taken to international court of justice and tried for atrocities committed on unarmed Kashmiris. These thugs fire in head and chest just to kill and not to maim. Look who is talking about protection of civil rights. Just shut up and do not lecture us what we need to do.
This time the writing is clear on India’s wall to get the hell out of Kashmir and the day is not far of when these goons in Khaki will have to leave Kashmir, like the one time super power Russia fled Afghanistan with their tails in their legs. Wake up India and leave your stupid “Ostrich Policy”

Posted by koshur | Report as abusive
 

http://www.dnaindia.com/opinion/column_k ashmiris-chase-a-mirage_1274327

Kashmiris chase a mirage
Published: Wednesday, Jul 15, 2009, 21:01 IST

They naively believe that once azadi comes, they can revert to a composite Kashmiriyat. This is precisely what Jinnah believed could be done with an independent Pakistan, but the mullahs had other ideas.

No pandit or Ladakhi or any of the other ethnic populations of Jammu & Kashmir will ever want to stay in this place. No secular humanist can support an azadi project that is rooted in exclusivism when the world is talking inclusivism.

…..Kashmiri Muslims, who have worked themselves into a state of anger about Indians, should be clear that their azadi is no different from bigotry and is the result of a heightened sense of insecurity in a fast-changing world. Threats to Kashmiri identity come not from multi-ethnic, multi-racial, multi-religious India, but from unidimensional Pakistan and their own insularity.

Posted by Seekeroftruth | Report as abusive
 

This is not in any way to underplay the gravity of the Kashmir situation. It is a momentous tragedy unfolding there and needs something which is totally lacking today in that state – enkightened and compassionate leadership and direction.

However, this is to point out that the Secy General has refuted this statement, he has never said so! This was said by Farhan Haq, one of his spokespersons and attributed to the Secretary General. Wheels within wheels!

Some authors on this blog have their own personal agenda. The author here has time without number only concentrated on the negatives of Kashmir. Now that this disclaimer has been given by the UN Secretary general will he withdraw his comments? I wouldn’t bet on it.

Why does Reuters be so selective in its subjects here? Specially on the India section, barring a very few exceptions: other than Kashmir, they will discuss everything under the sun that is negative or otherwise really irrlevant to most Indians.. Thus we will be deluged with kashmir/Afghanistan/Pakistan (acceptable to a point) and non issues – Dhoni, the Asia Cup, some rally, Air India, micro finance, movie theatres.

Has anyone heard anything on issues which really stir the Indian mind? Bhopal for example. The whole country was excited over the issue – but not dear Reuters writers on the India page. You won’t hear them talking of Bhopal, the US angle etc etc.

Will things improve? I’m optimistic but not that optimistic and I wouldn’t put any money on that either.

Posted by DaraIndia | Report as abusive
 

Todays Times of India carries a report that the Secretary General has refuted that he ever made the statement you claim he did.

Will this be clarified here? Not a hope………

Posted by DaraIndia | Report as abusive
 

Apparently, this is a hoax. The Secretary-General has denied it.

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news  /politics/nation/Pakistan-man-concocted -UN-Secretary-Generals-JK-remark/article show/6254506.cms

This is not to say that the situation is not serious or deserving of attention, just that the news item is factually wrong.

Regards,
Ganesh Prasad

Posted by prasadgc | Report as abusive
 

Hmm, what d’you make of this then?

http://bit.ly/aJ6Dbd

Indian propaganda?

Regards,
Ganesh Prasad

Posted by prasadgc | Report as abusive
 

The solution to the violence in Kashmir has long been a simple one. Push the Army out to the borders and indigenize as much of the civil service and security forces as possible. And give them autonomy to tackle the conflict.

Things will change very quickly when its Kashmiris dealing with Kashmiris.

Posted by kEiThZ | Report as abusive
 

For historic reason’s India is formed and then divided in to multiple states based on Language and ethnicity. Every Indian citizens who belong to a particular state/language/ethnicity is proud on their ethnicity/language or culture.. every body has their own achievements and genetic superiority or weaknesses. The south most state Kerala is proud on their on ethnicity of having their on martial arts, culture, arts, birth place of Adi-shankara etc. and the same with Karnataka, Tamilnadu, Andhra, UP, Bangal, Gujrat, Maharashtra, Bihar etc. etc.. The same with Kashmiris.. That is an Indian state.. there is an elected govt. there who represent Kashmir. There is a big number of people who elected this Govt. who believe in India and its statehood.. If any Kashmir citizen talk about the need for development of roads, infrastructure, health facilities, etc.. as any other citizens in India.. the entire country is going to support it.. if any Kashmiri’s or others want to talk about separatism.. then India govt. dont have any choice other than just cut it down.. All other states and people in india are not fools to be part of India and keep that integrity.. So called Kashmiri’s who is creating this problem is no way different from any of the other Indian citizens..

Posted by sbals | Report as abusive
 

Dear Sheikh Mushtaq:

Rather than jumping the gun, why don’t you start writing on the status of Kashmiris in Pakistan occupied kashmir. There is a lot to say about that. or are you. for certain reasons, just concerned about Kashmiris in India.

I will be damn shocked if my post goes through. Success rate with Mr Mushtaq’s entries is bad.

Posted by RajeevK | Report as abusive
 

@sbals

Well said! People from every state have different languages and culture and yet everybody wants to be part of India because we think of ourselves as Indians. If Kashmiris can’t think that way, its their problem. Kashmir belongs to everyone who believes in Indian culture of unity in diversity.

If all colors from rainbow separate from each other, nobody will appreciate neither the rainbow nor the individual colors as much! Sooner or later Kashmiris will understand that.

Posted by Seth | Report as abusive
 

ndia has declared an open war in Kashmir. There is blood of innocent children and teenagers spilled on the streets of Kashmir who are being shot dead for demanding the implementation of the solemn pledge made to them by the world community that they would be allowed to decide their future. The entire population is swelling the streets to protest which the Indian state is crushing by using lethal force and other repressive measures – curfew, mass detention… In less than two months over 45 protesters mostly children and teenagers have been mercilessly killed, and the killing spree continues. Such is the height of oppression by the “biggest democracy on earth”, that we are even denied the time and space to mourn our dead. The situation is getting worse and uglier by the day for the hapless people of the valley and can only become disastrous for them unless the U.N. intervenes and fulfills its moral and legal obligation towards the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

Posted by haleema11 | Report as abusive
 

It is very sad and indeed disheartening to see such strong comments being posted about a topic of which most of the bloggers have absolutely no compressive knowledge or their vision is limited to the updates posted by media which unfortunately to large extend is biased ,just to know whatever happening in the valley is taken control of and the army or para military is doing a grt job against the hooligans so that the rest of the India should feel well secured that they r a democratic state and strong,we Kashmiri has been subjected not only humiliations,our losses can not be compensated by economic packages which are given just for the namesake ….our own identify has been limited to a id card in our own land ….its not only about a piece of land that this unrest is for…. ..today its abt the injustice done to the ppl of the valley where there is no accountability for the hideous crimes done by the forces,no justice for the victims ,no hope for the parents to even know where their children are buried…. how can we be so inhumane to even think that all that has happened or happening shd be compensate for the infrastructure ,road arnt we paying taxes for tht…..is it a healing touch we kill your son but will offer basic necessities to you but don’t even bother asking for justice or seeking the killers? and if unfortunately somebody is humane enough to risk is job and show loyalty to his profession of showing the truth we consider him biased! very disheartin indeed.

Posted by mnadish | Report as abusive
 

Its indeed very disheartening and sad that most of the bloggers are posting such strong comments about a subject on which mostly the knowledge is neither comprehensive or the source (media) is actually not playing its role for their full justice,all i wanna request is pls try to understand that this fight at the moment is abt the injustice tolled on Kashmiri’s since a decade now,there the forces or the paramilitary forces are neither accounted for their actions nor justice have been given to thousand of Kashmiri’s whose identify has been limited to a mere ID CARD in their own land…we should not be so inhumane to belief that so called economic packages can compensate for thousands of killing,fake encounters,humilations tolled to them not only in their own land but also in so called our country india…where every Kashmiris is considered dangerous and a terriortist……..how fair is to think thousands of unaccountable killings are done but never the less troops are doing a grt job and we are kind and generous enough to provide basic necessities to them so tht India can project itself as a secular and a democratic state…And if this somebody has the courage to rise up to the occasion and not worry abt the consequences and be a true loyal to his profession this is wht our tolerance level for TRUTH? very disheartning indeed………
Good job done Mr.Mushtaq

Posted by mnadish | Report as abusive
 

@The situation is getting worse and uglier by the day for the hapless people of the valley and can only become disastrous for them unless the U.N. intervenes and fulfills its moral and legal obligation towards the people of Jammu & Kashmir.
Posted by haleema11

—Now that Pakistan has fulfilled its promise of “self-determination” in Azad Kashmir, it is time India does something about it. What do you think haleema11?

Why don;t we hear a single word from you about terrorism, err moral support by Pakistan to kashmir cause and the “pre-determination” status (Kashmir banega Pakistan!)given by Pakistan to Kashmiris. Is that all to be pushed under “we do not care about India and Pakistan” carpet?

Why don’t I see Kashmiris being vocal about anti-terrorism stance? or is it support in any form from anywhere that supports K-issue is valid? This must not be interpreted that the “current” problem is or is not Pakistan-induced.

You need to remember that solution to K-issue–whatever that would be–is in the hands of lndian and Pakistani leaders. Indian leaders will be hesitant to to take a stance on K-issue which Indian voters do not support. To get Indian support, Kashmiris need to realize the problems of Indians and see what they say.

Kashmiris need to look at larger picture. First place Kashmiris will get support from in this world is Indian voters, and that support is critical for the issue.

Posted by RajeevK | Report as abusive
 

I am not understanding the situation at all. India has border in all places.. West Bengal has border with East Bengal.. Army is not killing any Bengali there.. Bihar and UP is having Border with Nepal.. Army is not killing any people there.. There were trouble in SriLanka and Army was not killing any people from Tamilnadu.. The issue is simple.. All these places.. the citizens of India keep the integrity with India and its security forces and create that trust.. In Kashmir may be some people are turning traitors… Mr. Omar Abdulla, the chief minster himself is Kashmiri. His entire family is Kashmiris.. The entire Nehru family is Kashmiri’s .. SO every Indian see them as representation of Kashmir.. not some separatists who is creating problem in the valley..The people we think who represent Kashmir want to be integral part of India and to have a peaceful life.. and that what we believe..

Posted by sbals | Report as abusive
 

@where every Kashmiris is considered dangerous and a terriortist…”
–Posted by mnadish

—Avoid posting what is not true. In India, most of people genuinely believe kashmir and Kashmiris are part of India, remaining believe Kashmiris are genetle people who are sandwiched between terrorism by pakistan and Indian Army. There is always a small fraction that might represent your view, but that does not mean that is the general view of a kashmiri.

Get rid of your misperceptions.

Posted by RajeevK | Report as abusive
 

“There is blood of innocent children and teenagers spilled on the streets of Kashmir ”

Absolutely agree! Teenagers and children are totally innocent and it is so unfortunate for them to be part of all this. Instead, their parents should be prosecuted for criminal negligence by putting their kids into dangerous situations.

Posted by Seth09 | Report as abusive
 

When the UN made a statement on Kashmir, then stepped away from it and blamed it on an Associate Spokesman, there was more than met the eye. Inner City Press has inquired and finds the following: the initial response on the violence in Kashmir was produced by the UN Department of Political Affairs, in what is called it “morning prayers” meeting, chaired by DPA chief Lynn Pascoe.
Then, even before the statement was released, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s chief of staff Vijay Nambiar, a former Indian diplomat and intelligence operative, edited the statement, “watering it down” as one senior UN official puts it.

After UN Associate Spokesman Farhan Haq emailed the statement to four journalists and it was published, the Indian Mission to the UN protested. They came to meet with the UN, Mr. Nambiar, for more than two hours. Apparently, Nambiar did not fully disclose his initial role in editing the statement.

Posted by drshugufta | Report as abusive
 

Despite damage control efforts, a diplomatic feud rages over remarks that were put out by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s office last week, which called for calm in Kashmir and indicated support for the composite dialogue between India and Pakistan. The UN appears to be backtracking on its position after India has registered a complaint that the remarks were unwarranted. India wanted the UN to distance itself from the remarks that it asserts are being used by separatists and Pakistan government to claim that the international community is on their side. The UN communicated to the Indian government that the remarks were not a statement made by the Secretary General but a “press guidance that was taken out of context.” Ban’s chief spokesperson Martin Nesirky said that this information was not a statement made by Ban but it was “information provided by the Secretariat (and) distributed by the spokesperson’s office.” Ban’s associate spokesperson Farhan Haq, who is of Pakistani-origin, who originally sent the information by e-mail to journalists, said that while this was not a statement made by Ban, “it was all generated by the UN.” Despite India’s objections, Haq has maintained that the contents of the e-mail reflected the views of the UN chief. The nature of the remarks, however, does not sound like a “press guidance” and at this point the UN is struggling to resolve the situation without completely disowning its remarks. The e-mail circulated by Haq had said that Ban was “concerned” over the prevailing security situation in Kashmir over the past one month and called on “all concerned to exercise utmost restraint and address problems peacefully.”

Posted by kashur123 | Report as abusive
 

People who claim that they want an independent Kashmir are not being realistic. The independence claim is only made in J&K but not in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (POK) or the part of Kashmir given to China by Pakistan.

The right of self determination will also not work. The 40% of Kashmiris who are Hindu, Buddhist and others will want their Kashmir to be part of India . In addition I also believe that the Shia Muslims who are also the victims of this Sunni-led militancy would want their own space as well. So we will be back to square one.

Limited autonomy is the only practical answer.

http://indiafirsthand.com/2010/08/14/kas hmir-self-determination-or-self-delusion  /

Posted by IndiaFirstHand | Report as abusive
 

Well,don’t try to divide our Kashmir into sects just for your national interests. You people have’nt spared anyone in Kashmir. Indian forces have been killing children 90yrs.
In fact Shia community has been playing greater role in on going freedom struggle. All heads of Shias are Leaders of Hurriat conference.
Not only shias but also gojar bakrwal, parhis and even Pandiths like R.C. Kak (PM of Maharaja Hari Singh), Pitamber Nath Dhar (famour Kashmiri poet), Prem Nath Bazaz and hundrends of others have been either exiled or killed for raising voices for right to self determination.
And another lie you put here is about Muslim %age here. According to International census committee J&K has 90%muslim population.

Posted by Hameem | Report as abusive
 

kahsmiris who wnt independece arnt bloody traitors you idiots. kashmriis are apeopel and they consider themsleves differnt to idnians – and they wre independent before india shoved thier flag over them
theyre patriots. theyre fighting for ther people. they cnsider their peole kashmiris!

tell me is india fighting for pakistanis? no? why not after all we share blood, historyc, culture, lingusitics. becase we have drawn a line ebtween idnia and pakistan. so we conider our own different to paksitan.

does india fight for afghansitan and iran? no ? why not, go back far enough and we were all indo-iranians! because we do not parade under the idno-iranian banner. similiry kahsmiris dont parade under the idnian banner and they dont have to if they dont want to.

Posted by eryes | Report as abusive
 

why India govt.tell the world kashmir is a part of our land why india govt,tell this state belongs for us why not UN understand over illness why!!!!! i search the answer can one time come u realized that someone less in our problem’s…i hope one day come that someone see our problem…….

Posted by selfkashmire | Report as abusive
 

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