Silence of Iranian President ‘Hassan Rohani’ Over Kashmir Unfortunate

Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, who is on a three-day visit to India, said that the current century belongs to Asia where New Delhi and Tehran have a very important role to play. A 21-member delegation of ministers and businessmen from Iran is accompanying him and they are looking to seal a number of deals.

The Iranian President Hassan Rohani maintained silence over Kashmir in India, on contrary, Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Khamenei equated the on-going Kashmir conflict with that of Yemen and Bahrain saying that the Muslim world must express their disdain against ‘oppressors’ who have attacked people in such horrible ways during the holy month of Ramadan.

An article published on his official website quotes Khamenei as saying: “Conflicts in Yemen, Bahrain, problems in all Islamic countries, are major wounds on the body of Islam. The World of Islam should explicitly support the people of Yemen, and express their disdain against the oppressors who’ve attacked the people in such horrible ways during the month of Ramadan.

The same is true for the people of Bahrain and Kashmir: Our people can back this great movement within the World of Islam.”

The Silence of world community has made the long pending issue of Kashmir more complex and hectic. The unsolved Kashmir issue is playing a vital role in determining international politics and have changed the relations between different state actors across the globe. I firmly believe that if Kashmir Issue will not be solved at earliest, it will engulf whole South Asia within its ambit.

In 2001, Khamenei had said, “We hope that the issue of Kashmir will also be solved in the best way which guarantees the rights and interests of the people living in this region so that they will be provided with peace and comfort.” Not the first time that the Iranian leader has spoken in support of an ‘Independent Kashmir’. In 2010, the Iranian leader had made a statement urging the Muslim community to support the ‘struggle’ in Kashmir.

The experts believe that due to unrest, terrorism, psychological problems, unemployment, illiteracy, and the crime rate will increase and such indicators are disastrous for any Nation to flourish.

My question is that if India maintains the view that Kashmir is an integral part of the union, why Kashmiris are suffering from the worst kind of violence and arrogance by the hands of its political masters? Why Justice and transparency are not delivered on the ground? Why under the shield of AFSPA and PSA intellectuals and youth are being put behind the bars?

Killing of innocent people whether civilian, policemen or Army men are highly condemnable and barbaric act.  The Kashmir solution is a political one and demands humanity in its first stand to go with.

History shows that when both the countries were ruled by English, Kashmir at that time was independent and the prosperous Nation. The Indian leadership must admit this historical fact and should come forward with big heart and rational outlook with an intention to nip all the evil in the bud. It is the power of love and care which can change the hearts and minds of the Kashmiri people, not gun and violence.

Political experts believe that ‘The violence begets violence’. The world’s highest Indian Army in number stationed in a small valley of Kashmir has proved the fact that Violence, Gunpoint, suppression, dictation, arrogance, Human rights violations, kidnapping and other tactics had isolated people from the rest of India and result in losing the moral authority in the state of Jammu and Kashmir in its first bluff.

The honorable President of Iran Hasan Rohani should clear on standover Kashmir and must speak on the issue. Iran can also play a great role in building peace and confidence-building measures between the two countries India and Pakistan.

Written by: Syed Karar Hashmi

Social Activist and Political Commentator from Central Kashmir Ganderbal.

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