In spotlight over role in Taliban win, Pak tries to shift focus on Kashmir

Wednesday 15th September 2021 06:39 EDT

Islamabad: At a time when it is yet again under sharp international glare for engineering Taliban’s successful takeover of Afghanistan, Pakistan released a 131-page dossier against India, accusing it of grave human rights violations in J&K and alleged that it was “hosting and running terror camps of ISIS”. The dossier was presented at a press conference in Islamabad jointly addressed by Pakistan’s foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, NSA Moeed Yusuf and human rights minister Shireen Mazari.

Citing the document, foreign office spokesperson Asim Iftikhar blamed India for “patronising ISIS”. He alleged that evidence suggested that India was operating training camps in Gulmarg, Raipur, Jodhpur, Chakrata, Anupgarh and Bikaner. “By injecting these state-trained ISIS fighters, India may try to establish linkages of the freedom movement with international terrorism in order to malign the freedom struggle of Kashmiris,” he claimed.

Pakistan has - in support of its claim that Taliban is 2.0 is a reformed and mellowed version of the group that had ruled Afghanistan brutally, turning the country into a sanctuary for Islamic terrorists, including slain al-Qaida chief Osama bin Laden - been claiming that the West should be concerned about ISIS.

Qureshi said the decision to compile the dossier was taken due to the alleged actions of Indian authorities after the death of Kashmiri separatist leader Syed Ali Geelani and their treatment of his family. The secessionist Islamist leader, an ardent supporter of Pakistan, died on September 1 after a prolonged bout with age-related ailments. Indian authorities have released video to show that he was buried as per Islamic rites.

To a question why India’s alleged involvement in fomenting terrorism from Afghanistan wasn’t addressed, the NSA opined that one reason was India’s interests with the world such as being a counterweight to China.

Qureshi claimed there was a continuing communications blackout in Kashmir as independent journalists and observers were denied access, while facts were distorted and brutalities went unreported “by design”. He called for unhindered access to the region for journalists, UN and human rights commissions of international bodies. He said the dossier contained details on atrocities, including extrajudicial killings, arbitrary arrests, cases of torture, pellet gun injuries and rapes, over 100,000 children being orphaned, false flag operations and planting of weapons on innocent residents to implicate them.

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