The Islamic Republic of Pakistan ignores the way China treats its Muslim communities especially in Xinjiang. The Communist regime regards Islam as ‘mental illness’ …. Writes Ravi Shanker Kapoor
In the middle of January, China failed to elicit a statement from the Security Council over Kashmir. “The consultation ended without a statement or an acknowledgment of the issues, leaving it a bilateral matter,” news agencies reported on January 16.
China’s Permanent Representative Zhang Jun had asked for the consultation. Vietnam’s Permanent Representative Dang Din Quy, the Council president for the month, did not speak to the media or make any statement. “A European non-permanent member said that the members felt there should be de-escalation of the situation there and it should be handled bilaterally,” IANS said.
China’s nefarious designs were stymied at the UN, the rights group Human Rights Watch carried an article on its website on January 17, saying, “Kashmir has been under a lockdown for five months. Fearing that Kashmiris might protest the revocation of autonomy provided to Jammu and Kashmir state under India’s constitution, the government of Prime Minister NarendraModi clamped down.”
Of course, the write-up didn’t mention that Article 370 was a temporary provision, and certainly not an integral part, of the Indian Constitution that the Modi government had revoked. Such mixtures of truths, half-truths, and untruths are peddled all over the world to malign India.
The HRW article said, “Some aspects of the government crackdown, activists said, almost appear reminiscent of abusive Chinese government practices. Indian authorities have sought to justify their rights violations on the grounds of national security. Maintaining law and order is a critical state function, but it’s necessary to protect civil liberties as it is carried out. India needs to do better in Kashmir.”
Nobody denies that there are rights violations in Kashmir, as also in other parts of India. What the self-appointed champions of Indian Muslims refuse to accept is the fact that the violators are brought to book. Cops and soldiers have been prosecuted and imprisoned for highhandedness.
It is indeed the apogee of moral equivalence to compare Kashmir with the Muslim majority Xinjiang region in China. The Washington Post reported on July 13, 2019, “New evidence is emerging that the Chinese campaign to exterminate the culture and traditions of Turkic Muslim people, chiefly Uighurs, in the Xinjiang region also includes a generation of children and young people. As their parents are hauled off to concentration camps—euphemistically called ‘vocational education’ by the Chinese authorities—the children are being herded into special boarding schools and orphanages. At these schools, the children can check in but they cannot leave. The comprehensive effort to create a separate brainwashing and imprisonment system for children deepens the evidence that China is committing a cultural genocide.”
Up to 1.5 million adults in Xinjiang have been forced into the camps, where China is attempting to reeducate them as part of the Han Chinese majority, wiping out their language, traditions and culture, essentially assassinating their identity, the report added.
Who is opposing this gargantuan outrage? Twenty two democratic countries, mostly Western and Japan. At the session of the UN Human Rights Council last year, they wrote a letter expressing concern about China’s mass detentions in the Xinjiang region and calling for “meaningful access” for “independent international observers.”
And who is supporting China? As many as 37 nations, including about a dozen Muslim nations; Pakistan is among them. “We commend China’s remarkable achievements in the field of human rights,” said the letter written by the 37 countries. In other words, the Pakistanis, among other Muslim countries, commend the nation that describes Islam as a mental illness.
Pakistan’s reaction to the Modi government’s abrogation of Article 370 is not just mendacious in the extreme but also most hypocritical. For while the Pakistanis claim that their hearts bleed for the alleged maltreatment of their coreligionists in the Kashmir Valley, they even fail to acknowledge the inhuman treatment meted out to the Muslims in China. In fact, they laud Beijing for the degradation of Muslims in China. They ignore the fact that their patron nation, China, regards Islam as a “mental illness.” Yes, mental illness!
Consider Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s tweet: “The whole world is waiting to see what happens to oppressed Kashmiris in IOK when curfew is lifted. Does the BJP govt think by using greater military force against Kashmiris in IOK, it will stop the freedom movement? Chances are it will gain momentum.”
In another tweet, he talked about “the genocide of the Kashmiris.” He asked: “Will we watch another appeasement of fascism, this time in the garb of BJP govt, or will the int [international] community have the moral courage to stop this from happening?” Look who is talking about moral courage—a puppet of the Pakistan Army.
The truth is simple and well-acknowledge all over the world: Pakistan aids, abets, and arms jihadists in Kashmir (and elsewhere in India), but when our security forces take any action, we are accused of being brutal and carrying out “genocide.
(The author is a freelance journalist and the opinions expressed here are purely personal)