In the immediate wake of the Second World War, the allied world came together and sought to pool resources, cooperates diplomatically and thought to secure ourselves against the onset of burgeoning tyranny. From the outset, in 1945, the United Nations had its work cut out. We were about to embark on renowned decolonization projects around the globe, particularly in the Middle East and Africa. In South Asia and the former Indian subcontinent, the partition in 1947 heralded new challenges, particularly for Greater Kashmir. This was one of our greatest priority and a huge test for the now fledgling United Nations. Jammu and Kashmir was always an inbuilt, integral and intrinsic part of Greater Kashmir and found itself becoming a ‘hot potato’ between India and Pakistan.
One major weakness to emerge from the UN in 1945 was its undemocratic and highly controversial ‘Permanent Five’ set-up of the UN Security Council, where each state had a veto power on critical decisions that concerned the rest of us. This gave rise to recalcitrant states being born whose obdurate leaders compelled us into submission, these states circumvented international laws and misused the power and influence afforded to them …India was one such state, it felt privileged and emboldened to hold the people of Kashmir in bondage. 1948 proved a pivotal year for international mediation on occupied Kashmir, to counteract and avert conflict that was the residual after-effect of efforts in the autumn and winter of 1947. Pakistan decided at the beginning of 1948 to redeem any inaction by resorting to necessary dialogue on the world stage. We started by ratifying UNSC Resolution 39, ushering in the flagship UNCIP which was to last for two years. Then in April, we gave formal assent to Resolution 47, which we rectified and further enhanced in August just a few months later.
At this crucial juncture in events, India made public a degree of unease at Kashmiri demands for an impartial plebiscite, fearing that the Muslim majority would now exercise their democratic and native right of self determination and seek the case for outright independence. India was trying to write a new chapter for Kashmir, a state that had long been accustomed to its own sovereignty and eclectic culture well before the imposition of the accession had been signed only a year earlier, opening a Pandora’s box of intractable and insoluble problems that would subsequently serve to simply defeat the purpose. Picking up where we left off, we are now demanding that the UN establish a UNCK, as recourse to future progress through mediation and diplomacy, giving Kashmir’s their ascendancy. As we approach the seventieth anniversary of the disingenuous, the deceitful deemed unscrupulous document imposed on the people of Kashmir in October 1947, we need to draw the world’s attention to the notorious ‘Instrument of Accession.’ Our overriding objective must be to pinpoint exactly how this unendorsed communiqué approved in private by Hari Singh, Lord Mountbatten and Jawaharlal Nehru in 1947 has shaped the misfortunes of innocent Kashmir’s ever since.
You cannot justify nor acquiesce to this repressive document because all it does is to consign an entire indigenous group of people living under a military occupation to further brutal subjugation. Citizens of occupied Jammu and Kashmir will remain headstrong with a clear mindset to yearn and struggle valiantly for the right to determine their own freedom. This will ultimately come through applying our will for self empowerment. They will employ the right means to achieve something forcibly denied to them, even after it has been promised to us on innumerable occasions at the United Nations underpinning seven decades of tumultuous anarchy in occupied Kashmir. It is through international relations as part of a functioning system that we should focus on the world order, in 2017, one that has insidiously led to our misery. An international system that in character has long been stagnant and unrefined and proved disadvantageous …at times even inconsequential undermining our steadfast struggle in the world arena through biased policy and at the mercy and self serving malicious interests of hegemonic powers pulling the strings.