More than 100,000 innocent civilians have been killed in Kashmir by the brutal Indian forces where half a million Indian troops are stationed from the last two decades. The current cycle of violence is proving to be the deadliest since the 2010 protests in Kashmir, in which 120 civilians were butchered on streets by the Indian troops.

In 1947, Kashmiris wanted to join Pakistan but Hindu ruler of Jammu Kashmir decided against their will, and Indian army invaded Jammu & Kashmir. In 1949, United Nations passed a resolution to hold a free and impartial plebiscite for the determination of the future of the state by the people of Jammu Kashmir. Indian Prime Minister, Jawaharlal Nehru promised to hold a referendum, later Nehru backtracked on this and referendum was never held in Kashmir.

At the time of Partition, the state of Junagarh in Gujarat, with Hindu majority was ruled by a Muslim ruler, a plebiscite was held and Junagarh became part of India. A Hindu majority state with a Muslim ruler can enjoy the right of self determination but a Muslim majority state with Hindu King was denied that right of self determination.

Actually, India never accepted the Two-Nation Theory, and if referendum is held in Kashmir, Kashmiri people will vote in favour of Pakistan, which will strengthen the Two-Nation Theory.

Kashmiris express their love for Pakistan through various symbolic gestures like cheering for Pakistani cricket team, setting Pakistan’s national anthem as the ring tone on their mobile phones and displaying Pakistani flags during protests. They raise Pakistani flags on 14th August and observe Independence Day of India as ‘Black Day’.

Independence is the fundamental right of Kashmiris who do not want to live under the boots of Indian army. The right to protest, the right to freedom of expression and the right of self determination are not just denied to the Kashmiris, but demanding for these rights may even take away the right to life from them.

Recently, Indian Army ruthlessly used pellet guns to disperse the peaceful and unarmed protesters. These non-lethal weapons have caused more than 3,700 pellet injuries in Kashmir, among which half of them are serious eye injuries.

On July 13, a doctor at the Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital, in Srinagar, told Al Jazeera that his department had been overwhelmed by patients with eye injuries.

"We have operated on more than 90 people with injuries to their eyes. Many have multiple injuries with pellets lodged inside their eyes, forehead, back and abdomen. Many need multiple operations. It is very painful and gruesome," he said.

The world has condemned and criticized the excessive and brutal use of force by the Indian security forces in occupied Kashmir.

Amnesty has appealed Indian Government to stop using pellet guns on Kashmiris.

"Pellet guns are inherently inaccurate and indiscriminate, and have no place in law enforcement," Zahoor Wani, senior campaigner of Amnesty International India said.

Amnesty International has also accused Indian security forces of exploiting the Armed Forces Special Powers Act that enables them to "hold prisoners without trial".

While addressing a one-day meeting of home ministers from countries belonging to South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (Saarc), Pakistan Interior Minister Chaudhry Nisar Ali Khan termed violence on Kashmiris by Indian security forces as ‘terrorism.’

International Human Rights Organizations accuse Indian Army of Human Right Abuse ranging from mass killings, enforced disappearances, torture, rape and sexual abuse to political repression and suppression of freedom of speech.

According to United Nations, Kashmir is an internationally-recognized disputed territory but Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh has termed the UN-mandated plebiscite ‘outdated’.

The Indian government must bear it in mind that their false promises cannot mislead the world and they cannot snatch the vision of Free Kashmir by firing pellets in the eyes of Kashmiris.