Najam-ul-Saqib (Former Foreign Secretary): Since 1989 till now, terrorism, rape incidents, human rights violations, extra judicial killings and rape as weapons of war are being committed by Indian forces in IIOJK. The amnesty international, Asia watch and the United Nations have issued certain reports on Indian policies in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. After the illegal move of Indian government on 5th August, 2019, the situation in the valley has completely changed. India tried to subjugate a disputed territory by abrogating article 370 and 35-A. The Kashmiris have been facing Indian atrocities and waiting for a positive response from the world powers. However, the fact is that the policies of Narendra Modi has badly damaged the image of India as a secular state in the world. Iranian foreign minister has clearly urged the Indian government to respect human rights in the occupied valley and also offered to mediate between India and Pakistan to resolve Kashmir dispute. Many other civilized countries have also condemned Indian human rights violations in the valley and urged for peaceful solution to Kashmir issue in accordance with UN resolutions.
Maj Gen (Retd) Ejaz Awan (Defense Analyst): It is a positive development that regional countries are supporting the narrative of Pakistan. Iran has once again urged India to give Kashmiris their right to self-determination, and it will definitely bring India under pressure. The debates on Kashmir disputes and human rights violation in Occupied Kashmir by Indian forces are going on in British and European Parliaments as well as in United Nations. The international pressure is gradually increasing on India to release the innocent young Kashmiris, lifting of curfew and stop committing atrocities in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. It is the United Nations that provided right of plebiscite to Kashmiri people in its resolution But India at local level has amended its constitution and abrogated article 370 and 35-A by having the majority in the Indian parliament. There are no opportunities of direct talks between India and Pakistan at this point of time, so Pakistan needs to use diplomacy to expose cruel Indian face and change the public opinions in civilized countries on Kashmir issue.
Dr. Khurram Iqbal (IR Expert):Iran is among the countries that always supported the narrative of Pakistan on Kashmir dispute. Iranian supreme leader Khamenei raised voice in favor of Kashmiri people when even the friendly countries of Pakistan were reluctant to do so. The foreign policy of every country is based on core interests and general interests. The need of time is to make the voices of the countries in support of Kashmir issue more effective. If we analyze the US policy towards Kashmir issue, it is observed that Indian atrocities in Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir were totally ignored that motivated the Indian government to go for illegal move in the valley and committing worst human rights violations there. But some international analysts have predicted for some change in US policy with Joe Biden in the power as Biden is known for the supported of human rights throughout his political career.
Lt Gen (Retd) Naeem Khalid Lodhi (Defense Analyst): Some foreign hands have been involved in promoting terrorism in the Pakistan. The credit for the achievement goes to the security forces and the Pakistani nation as well. Our security forces launched a comprehensive operation against foreign and local terrorists who were hiding in sanctuaries in North Waziristan tribal region. The defenders of Pakistan initiated the operation with unflinching faith and undaunted commitment to eradicate the scourge of terrorism. Undoubtedly, it was an uphill task to fight in the most treacherous terrain but Pakistan armed forces proved its invincibility with an unwavering resolve, as the motherland’ peace and progress has always remained paramount for Pakistan Armed forces. Now Pakistan is fencing Pak-Afghan border to stop the cross-border movement of the terrorists. We must be thankful to Allah Almighty that Pakistan is being considered as a peaceful country and our people have sacrificed precious lives to get this milestone.