UNO in the dock

UNO, the global body, is proud of its job: headhunting and ostentatious display of apathetic demeanour, passivity and lassitude in a humanistic appraisal of the appalling and gruesome situation of these war-ravaged countries

October 24, 1947 is the day one when Kashmiri freedom zealots established a government in exile at Muzaffarabad with Sardar Muhammad Ibrahim Khan assuming the office as the President of PaK. The revolutionary government of ‘Azad Kashmir’ girded up its loins for a protracted guerrilla war against the Indian armed personnel which had already started swarming in Kashmir valley since the beginning of October 1947.


And October 24, 1945 is again equally important day for Kashmiris because United Nations Organisation came into being on this very day with a charter which, with a pompous and clarion declaration, guaranteed the peaceful settlement of international issues through pacific and coercive modes of action. Pacifism prioritized by chapter 6 of UN charter as effective course of action could not yield results in Kashmir case. And permanent members of UN Security Council did not find it a moral binding for themselves to tackle Kashmir problem under the coercive chapter 7 of UN charter which authorises the use of all coercive means and methods including military intervention to ensure the settlement of a complex and vexed issue.

The track record of UN performance during the past six decades unambiguously and unequivocally reveals that UNO as the world body and institution miserably failed in solving the complicated issues like Kashmir and Palestine. And we feel constrained and compelled to ascribe and attribute its failure to the callousness, megalomaniacal self-assertion, apathy and superciliousness of the powers glued to the seats of permanent membership. UN Security Council is, in fact, a corporate body prioritizing agreement of interests. And this corporate body is infallibly wedded to its cause and objective: ensuring of overlordship, preponderance, domineering hegemony, unilateralism and one-upmanship. Materialism and hedonism is motivating and driving force of this UN supervisory body. In the backdrop of the dynamics of this apex body humanists and political pragmatists can feel emboldened to look askance at UNO and cast aspersions on it. Security Council, with ostensibly bewitching and captivating pretext to neutralize the extremism and ultraism of some recalcitrant rulers or individuals, embarked upon blitzkrieg in Afghanistan on October 7, 2001and Iraq on March 20, 2003 to reduce these countries to pulp. Bombers of the western powers, through carpet bombing, completely battered, pulverized these hapless countries and ideally decimated the populace there. And UNO, the global body, is proud of its job: headhunting and ostentatious display of apathetic demeanour, passivity and lassitude in a humanistic appraisal of the appalling and gruesome situation of these war-ravaged countries. Hence UN indifference and neglect of duty and responsibility in Kashmir imbroglio and Palestine tangle is fathomable.

Let us make psychoanalysis of the highly demonized issue— the menace of extremism and ultraism. Just cogitate on this diabolized problem. Remember that every member of the class of dispossessed, impoverished and underprivileged people is an unpredictable time bomb, a revolutionary with dormant impulsiveness. The three or four billion unpredictable time bombs (UTBs) are involuntary looking for an occasion of implosion in the psychologically ghettoized habitats of the Third World countries. Now it is not a difficult job for a genuine political analyst with an eidetic vision to discern and decipher the genesis of violent ultraism and controversialism. He can conveniently dilate on the compulsive commotion, unrest upheaval and political cataclysm in the poor countries facing deprivation, ostracism and imposed isolationism. So it is high time when the statesmanly sagacity and judiciousness of the leaders of powerful Asian Countries should persuade them to forge a psychological alliance to checkmate the irretrievable downfall of the tottering edifice of UNO. Parallelism in global politics is an objective ideal and an effective strategic manoeuvre to (i) counterbalance the unilateralism of the western powers (ii) create a congenial political environment for the peaceful and honourable settlement of the problems afflicting Kashmir, Palestine, Afghanistan and Iraq.

The planned and gradual orderly retreat of the political resistance forces of Kashmir from the front of strategic violent brawn-assertion and subsequently their transition and reversion to the peaceful mode of agitation should not be misconstrued as an implicitly lurking disposition to and propensity for escapism, defeatism or capitulation. The resolve to resist the onslaught of India in Kashmir is intact. Indian rulers, if at all they are interested in peace and property of South Asia, should shun and shed procrastinative and dilatory tactics while dealing with Kashmir issue. Jingoistic mindset and fixation will further add to the complexity of Indo-Pak peace process. Futile jaw-jaw discourse on Kashmir aimed at temporization and perpetuity of status-quo in Kashmir will lead you to unavoidable entrenchment in the mire and mash of uncertainty and maelstrom. Your stratocracy and peremptory governance in Kashmir is fast aggravating the situation of perceptible brew and stew of hatred, rancour and acrimony. Chanakiyan policy of dispensation— state terrorism, repressive measures and draconian laws guaranteeing impunity and immunity of your erring soldiers against accountability—cannot sanctify your stranglehold in Kashmir.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, chairman APHC, while throwing light on the various aspects of Kashmir issue in the historical seminar held on January 4, 2011, castigated and lambasted UNO for its failure in the obligation to seek an early peaceful settlement of Kashmir issue. Dr. Umar Farooq, in his scholarly tone and accent, asserted and averred with vehemence that since UNO as the world body and institution had abysmally failed in solving the long-standing festering global issues, option of a parallel world forum should be looked upon as a viable alternative course of redemption from the present state of mind-boggling inaction, passivity and inertia— the hallmark of UNO. He, as the assertive APHC supremo, declared that Kashmiris would continue to struggle in a peaceful way for the accomplishment of their cherished objective— right of self-determination. Syed Ali Geelani Sahib, the elderly resistance veteran, displayed prudentialism by emphasizing adopting of the peaceful modes of struggle for the national cause of Azadi. So we need not get bogged down in sterile controversy about the form and format of leadership and its stand and stance for Kashmir cause. However patriotic subjectivity should be essential ingredient of our resistance movement. That is a way to insure it against the aggressive aggrandizement of the powers around.

Azad Kashmir government, as the revolutionary government in exile, should revitalize and rejuvenate its patriotic stance on the resistance front. AJK rulers, without becoming hostages to Pak expediency of diplomatic apologetics, should directly, without mincing words, convey to India that Kashmiris on either side of the LoC could, through collegial and concatenated efforts, create a situation at home and abroad, where Indian braggadocio and fanfaronade regarding its “democracy” would appear a comic and ludicrous state shibboleth. Kashmiris have reposed trust in Almighty. He is Himself monitoring the events of this world. We are anxiously awaiting His succour.
Author is Chief-Patron JK Mahaz-e-Azadi and can be mailed at