“We cannot draw a veil on the issue

of Kashmir, until it is addressed in

accordance with the wishes of the

people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

–Nawaz Sharif addressing the

69th session of the UN General Assembly – September, 2014.

In 1949, the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan, UNCIP, passed a resolution stating that the accession of Jammu and Kashmir to India or Pakistan will be decided through a plebiscite. Though both of the countries agreed to this resolution, subsequent negotiations between the two did not go well. In 1957, India and Pakistan were on better terms regarding the issue. However, fighting between the two broke out in 1965 and 1971. When the UN brought the issue of the plebiscite on the forefront again, Indian forces were not to keen. In 1964, Indian forces claimed the disputed territory of Kashmir and placed the Indian flag on official buildings. From that time to this date, Indian atrocities in Kashmir have not come to a halt. The Armed Forces Special Powers Act, AFSPA, came as a prerogative by the Government of India for Indian troops to kill innocent civilians in Kashmir. Amnesty International found that between 1990 and 2012, 100 cases of human rights violations were filed by Kashmiri families but no action was taken against them. Six decades after the UN’s resolution, the situation has not changed. Protestors are fired at. Stories of rape, murder and persecution of innocent civilians always find their way into headlines and news feeds. The killing of Burhan Wani turned the media’s attention to the injustice which had never stopped happening in Kashmir. Outcry has been raised everywhere and now it is time for the complacent United Nations to step out and fulfil its promise.