By Dr Shahid Qureshi: –
According to media reports, ‘21 Sikh Regiment refused to fight for Indian Army’. They seem to have realized Modi’s sinister plan. Modi’s Nazi advisors and arms dealers told him: ‘deal with Skihs (Khalistan) and Kashmiris at the same time and attack Pakistan from Kashmir LOC and take it down to the Arabian sea via East Punjab. You will be a war prime minister so will win the elections and our multinational companies will manage 400 TV channels by bribing billions. One would decommission and send all 700,000 strong Indian army on Gardening leave for failing in managing security in Held Kashmir and blaming terrorism and Pakistan for its failures. India and Israel now partner against Pakistan are the unique examples in the security history who wants the occupied people of Palestine and Kashmir guarantee their security and safe occupation. That is extreme example of cowardice and incompetence.
Modi’ wanted a limited war with Pakistan knowingly that ‘it would wipe out the bordering cities in East Punjab and millions of Sikh will be killed, which he planned to replace with Hindus to change the demography in East Punjab against any referendum for freedom and plebiscite in occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The attempt to revoke article 35 A in Kashmir have the same logic. This idea came from the USA, European and Russian Jewish settlers coming in Palestine and grabbing land from the indigenous Palestinians. The other fruits would come from this war would be permanent damage to the CPEC project with China and denuclearization of Pakistan.
At least Sikhs now in 2019 cannot say that: Pakistan back stabbed us what they said about the British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. Sikhs must remember who the main supporters and international allies of racist Modi and his RSS trainers are abroad.
Britain ‘back stabbed’ Sikhs by advising India on 1984 Golden Temple raid reported The Telegraph on 14 Jan 2014: “Britain betrayed us by advising Indira Gandhi on her fatal raid against militants barricaded in Amritsar’s Golden Temple, say Sikh leaders. Britain’s involvement in the massacre of hundreds of Sikh separatists in an Indian temple in 1984 will be urgently investigated, David Cameron has ordered.
Previously secret documents released by the Government have shown that a SAS officer was drafted in to help the Indian authorities with plans to remove dissident Sikhs from the Golden Temple at Amritsar, Sikhism’s holiest shrine. The plan was ordered with the full knowledge of then Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher the documents say. Hundreds of Sikhs were killed in the attack. Yesterday Sikh leaders said the revelations amounted to the British Government ‘backstabbing” and have called for all documentation surrounding the attack to be released. In an operation called “Blue Star” Indian troops attacked the temple in June 1984 with an official death toll of 492 militants, pilgrims and soldiers. The country was plunged into some of the worst communal violence in its history following the attack. Sikh activists claim thousands died in the operation.
According to some reports over 20,000 young Sikh men are still missing in Punjab by the security forces. I come across this Sikh widow of 1984 genocide at London conference of ‘End Sexual violence in conflict’ distributing leaflets about the plight of Sikh widows and relatives of missing persons in Indian Punjab. Main stream media in India and in Pakistan never spoke about these missing persons of Khalistan Freedom Movement.
Times of London reported: “It’s Time India Accept Responsibility for Its 1984 Sikh Genocide, “1984 remains one of the darkest years in modern Indian history. In June of that year, Prime Minister Indira Gandhi ordered a military assault on the most significant religious center for the Sikhs, Darbar Sahib (i.e., the Golden Temple) in Amritsar, Punjab. The attack killed thousands of civilians. On October 31, 1984, Mrs. Gandhi was assassinated by two of her Sikh bodyguards.
Her assassination triggered genocidal killings around the country, particularly in India’s capital city, New Delhi. TIME reported on the massacres just days after the violence subsided:
Frenzied mobs of young Hindu thugs, thirsting for revenge, burned Sikh-owned stores to the ground, dragged Sikhs out of their homes, cars and trains, then clubbed them to death or set them aflame before raging off in search of other victims.
Witnesses watched with horror as the mobs walked the streets of New Delhi, gang-raping Sikh women, murdering Sikh men and burning down Sikh homes, businesses and Gurdwaras (Sikh houses of worship). Eyewitness accountsdescribe how law enforcement and government officials participated in the massacres by engaging in the violence, inciting civilians to seek vengeance and providing the mobs with weapons.
The pogroms continued unabated, and according to official reports, within three days nearly 3,000 Sikhs had been murdered, at a rate of one per minute at the peak of the violence. Unofficial death estimates are far higher, and human rights activists have identified specific individuals complicit in organizing and perpetrating the massacres.
“Almost as many Sikhs died in a few days in India in 1984 than all the deaths and disappearances in Chile during the 17-year military rule of Gen. Augusto Pinochet between 1973 and 1990,” pointed out Barbara Crossette, a former New York Times bureau chief in New Delhi, in a report for World Policy Journal.
Years later, those who survived the violence have yet to receive any semblance of justice. Most perpetrators have yet to be yet to be charged and held accountable for their crimes, and many of the affected families continue to live in poverty and disenfranchisement to this day. The Indian government’s formal position for three decades has been that accountability comes in the form of silence.”
After the recent terrorist incident in Pulwama in Held Kashmir in Feb 2019, Kashmiri students were attacked all over India in similar way Sikhs were attacked after the assassination of Indira Gandhi. Sikh community helped and saved the Kashmiri Muslim students all over India specially in Jammu and East Punjab.
(Dr Shahid Qureshi is senior analyst with BBC and chief editor of The London Post. He writes on security, terrorism and foreign policy. He also appears as analyst on Al-Jazeera, Press TV, MBC, Kazak TV (Kazakhstan), LBC Radio London. He was also international election observer for Azerbaijan April 2018, Kazakhstan 2015 and 2016 and Pakistan 2002. He has written a famous book “War on Terror and Siege of Pakistan” published in 2009. At Government College Lahore he wrote his MA thesis on ‘Political Thought of Imam Khomeini’ and visited Tehran University. He is PhD in ‘Political Psychology’ and studied Law at a British University. He also speaks at Cambridge University. He is a visiting Professor at Hebe University in China.)
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