Sardar Shaukat’s remarks at the 56th session of the UNHRC were a departure from ground realities

A prominent United Kashmir People’s National Party (UKPNP) figure, Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, made a statement at the 56th United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) session. There has been a troop withdrawal from Pakistan-held Kashmir. However, hold for a moment. Does this demand represent the complexity of the situation? The Pakistani military’s presence in Kashmir is solely for security reasons; it is not a tool of oppression.

Their responsibilities extend beyond critical control, including protecting lives, maintaining order, and fighting outside threats. Their duty as sentinels directly impacts the safety of the individuals they guard. A fair assessment must include the safeguarding role of such disputes, even if there are still arguments.

Interior Minister Mohsin Naqvi’s situation became more complex as May15, protests over increasing electricity and grain costs intensified. Enraged people in Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) were prepared to cause chaos on the streets. Naqvi authorized the deployment of Frontier Corps (FC) forces to maintain peace and order. Their role, exactly? They prioritize people’s security and well-being over oppression.

 An adversarial agency is allegedly using Shaukat Nawaz Mir—who has come out and claimed he is an anarchist who opposes the state—to further its own goals. His attempts to gain popularity via agitation politics are evident in the recent protests in AJK, despite his limited influence on the political landscape of AJK and the Kashmiri diaspora. Due to Mir’s actions, which are supported by hostile intelligence agencies (HIAs), local stakeholders are even more concerned.

Shaukat Nawaz Mir has acknowledged that Pakistan has addressed 99 percent of the people’s demands in AJK. However, he persists in exaggerating administrative problems with the support of hostile foreign operations. According to these organizations, his mission is to sow discord in AJK and rally its residents against the state.

This is a stark contrast to the situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK), where the state coerces individuals into sacrificing their fundamental rights and freedoms. However, AJK has been making significant progress lately and is now completely self-sufficient.

If we draw comparison between AJK and IIOJK, One million Indian soldiers keep deprive Kashmiri inhabitants from fundamental rights and civil freedoms in the most militarized zone in the world, IIOJK. Since 1989, over 13,000 people have gone missing as a result of the arbitrary arrests, detentions, abductions, and enforced disappearances committed by these personnel. When compared to other constitutions, AJK grants its residents greater autonomy and freedom.

A free press, an impartial court, and free and fair elections contribute to AJK’s robust democracy, which safeguards individual rights. With a life expectancy of 70 years and a literacy rate of over 74%, the area has made great strides compared to IIOJK, which has a life expectancy of 65 years and a literacy rate of 67%. From the contrasts, it is clear that the human rights violations committed by Indian forces and the difficulties endured by the population of IIOJK require international action.

No hidden agendas are driving the presence of security forces in AJK. The federal cabinet has approved a three-month deployment of Frontier corps (FC) to AJK to protect Chinese nationals and infrastructure. The AJK government requested this deployment to maintain peace and protect its citizens. With more than 3,000 members, the FC will focus on securing AJK for its people and reasserting the region’s resolve to peace and stability.

Threats of sabotage from hostile intelligence agencies (HIAs) pose a serious threat to Chinese expertise and crucial powerhouses in AJK, including Neelum-Jhelum, Mangla, and Gul Pur. They have sent the FC to AJK for protection. With this deployment, Pakistan is strengthening the security of its vital assets and reaffirming its commitment to the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC).

 The UKPNP is gearing up to begin a propaganda campaign against Pakistan while the 56th session of the UNHRC is underway. In the face of such aggressive tactics, Pakistan is prepared to defend its image as a responsible and peaceful nation using statistics and proof.

Abdul Mussawer Safi
Abdul Mussawer Safi

is associated with think tanks like the Institute of Policy Studies Islamabad (IPS). He is pursuing his master’s in international relations at the National Defense University Islamabad. His expertise lies in the regional dynamics of South Asia.

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