India’s rape tool may trigger another Pakistan-India war: PCoK chairman

By Staff Reporter
Tuesday – February 23, 2021
ISLAMABAD: The parliamentary committee on Kashmir (PCoK) chairman Shehryar Khan Afridi said that the Indian occupational forces are waging a “rape war” using rape as tool of genocide against the freedom loving Kashmiris in the Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and that the failure of world community in punishing the culprits of Kupwara mass rapes may lead to eruption of a new war between two nuclear armed neighbours.

According to a press release, he expressed these views while addressing the participants of a seminar titled “Mass rapes by occupational forces of India in Kunan Poshpora area of Kupwara in IIOJK on February 23, 1991.” The event was held under the auspices of Islamabad Institute of Conflict Resolution (IICR) in liaison with Azerbaijan embassy.

PCoK chairman Afridi said that until recently, there existed no punishment for ‘war rape’ in international law.

“War crimes or humanitarian law specifically focuses on the treatment of the civilian population and ‘any devastation not justified by military necessity.’ Thereafter, war rape has rarely been prosecuted as a war crime” educating “Since 1949 article 27 of the fourth Geneva convention explicitly prohibits wartime rape and enforced prostitution,” he said.

He urged the United Nations (UN) and the prosperous world to take steps to protect the weak and unprotected segments of the society.

PCoK chairman Afridi lamented that repeated incidents of massacres and genocide reflect that the world has failed to protect the oppressed people living in conflict zones as might is right prevails.

He said that the mass rapes of women in IIOJK and Khojaly in Nagorno-Karabakh have been used by occupational forces as tool of genocide.

Kupwara’s Kunan Poshpora is the most scenic area of IIOJK but the mass rapes of 1991 have left scars in the minds of the people of Kashmir.

PCoK chairman Afridi said had the international community punished the culprits of Kupwara, the genocide in Khojaly may not have happened.

He said that expansionist designs of India are a threat to world peace and if the world fails to bring resolution to conflict zones like Jammu and Kashmir, no one can rule out the possibility of a new war erupting between Pakistan and India.

“Any new war may suck in other nuclear powers of the region. Hence, this conflict may not remain limited,” warned the PCoK chairman.

He said that India is being ruled by a fascist regime of Indian prime minister (PM) Narendra Modi who believes in Hindu supremacist ideology and all minorities in India are under a threat of genocide.

He said that unfortunately, rape is also used a tool of punishment in conflict zones and history suggests that this one element of violence is used as an effective weapon and strategy for disarming psychological war.

“This weapon of rape was used by many combatants and this global issue has no national boundaries of ideology or religion.”

PCoK chairman Afridi said that it is more associated with masculine identity commonly but in war times there is often violation of men and children too through different means of torture and distress.

“Therefore, it often does not remain gender bound but women being soft targets are more often victims of rape in war precincts. There are many examples of such mass rapes during conflicts and war times such as the Rawanda genocide, Bosnia and Kosovo conflicts, Khojaly massacre by Armenian forces in Azerbaijan and not to forget Kashmir where such incidents occur frequently to suppress freedom movement,” he added.

PCoK chairman Afridi said that in Kashmiri history, mass rape incident ensued in area of Kunan Poshpora in February 1991 and social stigma generated out of this incident is that women still face difficulties in getting married.

He said that the South Asian subcontinent is the least gender sensitive region in the world.

It is the only region in the world where men outnumber women.

Azerbaijan ambassador Ali Alizade highlighted the genocide perpetrated by the Armenian army in Nagorno-Karabakh area of Khojaly and said that the occupational forces committed massive killings to suppress the voices against freedom of Nagorno-Karabakh.

He grieved that despite UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions, the world community failed to help the oppressed people of Nagorno-Karabakh.

He urged the UN to hold plebiscite in IIOJK as enshrined in the UNSC resolutions.

The defence analyst lieutenant general (Lt.Gen) retired Amjad Shoaib and assistant professor Salma Malik also addressed the seminar.