Pak Equates Kashmir With Nagaland, Assam, Balochistan

Pak Equates Kashmir With Nagaland, Assam, Balochistan

3 November 2012
Kashmir Watch


Islamabad: During a debate on Balochistan in the Pakistan Supreme Court Friday, the government conceded that democracy and successive elections in Kashmir have given the people and the government good chance to overcome their difficulties and defeat the militants with political process. Whether deliberately or by default, the Pakistan’s Interior Ministry also termed Kashmir a part of India and not only recognised its elections but praised them as well. While reiterating its interim order of October 12 on the Balochistan - that the provincial government had lost its constitutional authority to govern because of violation of fundamental rights of the people of Pakistan - a two-member bench of the country’s apex court, headed by Chief Justice Iftikhar Muhammad Chaudhry, observed that there was no rebellion in Balochistan but the province lacked good governance. It was during the debate on this case, and in compliance with the court’s October 12 order that Interior Ministry submitted its report in which the ministry cited an example of India wherein despite unrest and insurgency in most parts of its states, including the Kashmir, the government was allowed to operate unhindered. Secretary Interior KM Siddique, while submitting the reply and referring to paragraph 48 of the order of the court, said, “We should take a leaf out from the Indian experience where in the states like Kashmir, East Punjab, Nagaland, Assam and Mizoram, armed insurgency and partial breakdown of government machinery took place for a number of years, but still the democracy and successive elections afforded the people and the government a good chance to overcome their difficulties and defeat the militants with political process which was allowed to continue unhindered, undisturbed, compromised or violated.” Thus, in its report, the Interior Ministry termed Kashmir a part of India and also recognised its elections. The Interior Ministry’s report presented before the SC also showed that Kashmir was an Indian state and Kashmiri “freedom movement” was tantamount to insurgency. Surprisingly, in one of the paras of the report, Balochistan was compared with the Indian states of Kashmir, Eastern Punjab, Nagaland and Assam, which are in a state of turmoil. In contrast to the stance of Pakistan regarding its support for “freedom movement” in Kashmir, the report stated that democracy and elections could be helpful in dealing with insurgency and difficulties faced by the people of Balochistan.