Are Indian Soldiers Allowed To Kill Children Because India Is A Democracy?
- India killed 3-year-old Burhan, and killed 8-year-old Sameer in 2010
- ‘Unidentified gunmen’ in Kashmir are assassins working for Indian army
- Indian defense minister Manohar Parrikar should be arrested for admitting to use terrorists to kill ‘terrorists’
- Kashmiris are not terrorists. India must stop assassinating young Kashmiris
- ‘Mr. President, India has robbed Kashmiris of all human rights’
- An emotional appeal backed by evidence for international intervention in Kashmir
- Indian snipers kill young Kashmiris, throw their bodies in paddy fields
- 3-year-old Burhan Bashir is like Aylan Kurdi. Burhan was killed by Indian bullets
By News Desk
GENEVA/ISLAMABAD—On Aug. 2, 2010, eight-year-old Kashmiri boy Sameer Rah was playing in the street. Indian soldiers hit him repeatedly on the head with a stick, and then threw his body in the bushes. Dozens of bystanders witnessed it.
Five years later, no Indian soldier has been arrested.
On Sept. 19, 2015, assassins working for India’s occupation army in Kashmir killed a three-year-old boy Burhan Bashir as he sat in his father Bashir Ahmed’s lap. Bashir used to be a resistance fighter more than a decade ago. He left the fighting, was married and settled down. He was working as a fruit vendor. Covert Indian assassins shot Bashir and his innocent child at close range.
India is now killing children to stop the Kashmir freedom movement.
Ahmed Quraishi, a human rights defender and lobbyist for Youth Forum for Kashmir (YFK), an international lobbying group, raised the cases of three-year-old Burhan and eight-year-old Sameer at an event on the sidelines of the 30th session of the UN Human Rights Council in Geneva.
This was the first time that Sameer Rah’s case was mentioned at an international forum. Sameer was eight-years-old when he was killed in 2010. Today he would have been thirteen had India not killed him.
Quraishi represents an NGO, the YFK that seeks to remind the world about the bravery of unarmed, peaceful Kashmiris resisting India’s occupation army.
He compared Burhan Bashir and Sameer Rah to Aylan Kurdi, the Syrian refugee toddler whose drowned body was found on a Turkish beach and set off an international outcry.
Quraishi said child deaths in conflict were increasing worldwide, not decreasing. He reminded the audience, which consisted of experts, activists, and human rights defenders, of attacks on schoolchildren in Beslan, Russia, in 2004, and in Peshawar, Pakistan, in 2014.
Children have become an acceptable casualty in proxy wars between states and sponsored militant groups, Quraishi said.
Aylan Kurdi, Sameer Rah and Burhan Bashir are similar in every respect, Quraishi said, except that major powers turn a blind eye to Indian soldiers killing children in Kashmir.
India’s defense minister Manohar Parrikar is directly responsible for the cold-blooded murder of three-year-old Burhan in his father’s lap, Quraishi said, citing a May 22, 2015, statement by the Indian minister acknowledging secret killings in Kashmir.
“India is involved in secret assassinations,” said Quraishi on the floor of the sideline UN event, adding, “It is a unique coincidence that ‘unidentified gunmen’ launch these assassinations immediately after the Indian minister’s statement on using terrorists to kill terrorists. Kashmiris are not terrorists. Three-year-old Burhan was not a terrorist.”
If India fails to stop the secret assassinations using ‘unidentified gunmen’, the killing spree will inevitably lead to violent Kashmiri backlash. If this happens, India will be responsible, Quraishi warned.
The Indian media played a shameful role in the story of Indian army assassins killing Kashmiris as young as three-year-old Burhan, Quraishi said. He gave the examples of The Hindu and NDTV, two print and television news organizations in India that justified the assassinations by promoting the idea that that killed were ‘former militants and terrorists,’ which is Indian term for Kashmiri resistance.
Quraishi’s statement comes amid rising pressure on India by human rights activists worldwide to put a leash on its occupation army in Kashmir.
On Sept.17, 2015, activists observed a #UNKashmirDay with a large demonstration by Kashmiris in Europe in front of the Palais des Nations in Geneva, followed by a media briefing at the Geneva Press Club. A member of UK Parliament participated, and the hashtag was a top trend on Twitter on that day.
The Kashmir Delegation consists of Altaf Hussain Wani-Delegation leader and senior Kashmir freedom leader, senior APHC leader-Syed Faiz Naqshbandi, Sardar Amjad Yousaf Khan-Executive Director Kashmir Institute of International Relations (KIIR), Ahmed Quraishi-Executive Director Youth Forum For Kashmir (YFK); an international Kashmir Lobbying Group, Prof. Shagufta Ashraf-human rights defender working with women & children and Zartasha Niazi-human rights defender.