Delhi Based Group Says August 5 Move Brought China Into Kashmir Picture

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Srinagar: The decision to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and splitting the state into two Union Territories brought China into picture and made the dispute between India and Pakistan trilateral, a report released by a rights group said.

The 72-page report titled ‘The Impact of the Lockdowns on Human Rights in Jammu and Kashmir, August 2019-July 2020’ has been released by ‘Forum for Human Rights in Jammu and Kashmir’ co-chaired by former Supreme Court judge Justice Madan Lokur and former member of the Group of Interlocutors for Jammu and Kashmir Radha Kumar, while several eminent human rights defenders, former civil servants, jurists, former military officers and academics are its members.

The report says that China’s attempts to mobilize the UN Security Council against the August changes, and its own army’s May 2020 intrusions in Eastern Ladakh have added further diplomatic and security concerns for the Indian Government.

“They have also highlighted a trilateralization of the dispute over Kashmir between India, Pakistan and China, lending a new edge to the strategic China-Pakistan nexus against India, specifically in Jammu and Kashmir,” the report added.

Pertinently, the report came at a time when India and China are locked in a bitter border stand-off in eastern Ladakh.

The report also accused Pakistan of continuing to fish in the troubled waters of Kashmir unabated.

“But after the August 2019 political changes in Jammu and Kashmir, it has gone into overdrive, infiltrating terrorists, ramping up cross-LoC firing, inciting and radicalizing Kashmiris through virulent social media campaigns, and establishing Kashmir Cells in its missions abroad as part of Kashmir-specific anti-India information war strategy,” the report added.

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