The nexus between Shujaat’s death and UN Report on Human Rights Violations in Kashmir
Back in 2000 when Bill Clinton visited Kashmir, the tragedy of Chattisingpora massacre happened in which more than 35 Sikhs were killed. During Zubin Mehta’s visit and musical event at Shalimar in 2013, four innocents Kashmiris were brutally shot dead in Shopian and they later were dubbed as militants. When United Nations Security Council was discussing Kashmir crisis in 2016 after massive uprising and revolt against Indian occupation, the Uri attack occurred in which dozens of army men were killed. And similarly when yesterday, UN Human Rights Council for the first time in its history released a forty-nine-page report on human rights violations in Kashmir, a renowned and senior Journalist was silenced and shot dead in Srinagar. Whenever there is any possibility of getting International media coverage viz-a-viz Kashmir issue, a ‘terrorist’ attack is being materialized only to dodge the basic issue. All this can’t be a mere coincidence.
The question is ‘who gets benefitted from such killings, India or Pakistan?
There is a well political motive behind all these concurring incidents. On such occasions, there is a dire attempt to shift the attention of the world and international media from Kashmir’s struggle for RSD to so-called ‘Kashmir terrorism’. The landmark UN report shames and exposes Indian democracy before the world when it comes to Kashmir. The big bold headlines and front page covers that would have earlier focused and given maximum space and coverage to UN Report and developments aftermath had to, unfortunately, give little space to this major development and breakthrough. The Indian TV Channels got news in order to blackout UN Report and run a parallel anti-movement campaign and malign Kashmir movement with terrorism, the moment for which they are always blood-thirsty. A deliberate attempt is seemingly being carried out to change the Kashmir narrative locally, nationally and globally.
Frankly speaking, what is more surprising is that after the death of Shujaat Bukhari, no Cordon and search operation was launched in Srinagar to nab the assailants? When Naveed, a LeT militant escaped from SMHS hospital, all the entry and exit routes of Srinagar were closed. But this time everything happened in reverse to that.
In the first place, I wonder how could assailants break the security cordon at different places and reach the press enclave?
Moreover what is more astonishing is that during his prolonged post-mortem session, the medicos reportedly removed 40 odd bullets from his body. A militant would in no way empty his entire magazine. He has to survive too.
Tail Piece: Syed Shujaat Bukhari was a fearless voice, a human rights campaigner in Kashmir who died while fighting the cause. Even the ads to his newspapers were stopped by Indian government a long time ago due to some obvious reasons. He was bluntly vocal against human rights violations and had pleaded Kashmir as a political issue in India and globally. At the end of the day, it is quite perceptible for whose interests his death will serve. This is a million dollar question, the answer of which is not so easy to find.May his soul rest in peace.
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