Denial of Rights and Duplicity Inflame Militancy: Mowahid

Washington, DC: The continuing denial of UN-pledged rights to the people of occupied Kashmir and Palestine and international duplicity on issues affecting lives of people in the Middle East constitute core causes of world unrest, argued Mowahid Hussain Shah, the first Pakistani national admitted to practice before the US Supreme Court, who also happens to be a regular columnist of Pakistan Link.

Speaking at an event before a well-attended sitting of a cross-section of community notables, hosted by the Washington-based Discussion Forum, Mowahid singled out world powers’ apathy to the plight and sufferings of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine, and attempts to equate their legitimate struggle with terrorism as examples of duplicity.

Mowahid, the author of the acclaimed book, “Will & Skill”, focusing on the tensions roiling Western-Muslim world relations, explained that the unresolved disputes have two main implications for world peace.

On the one hand, these festering conflicts fuel militancy, and on the other hand, occupying states exert unrestrained powers to inflict carnage on human lives.

“The situation is further inflamed by the fact when parts of intelligentsia, think tanks and the media focus on individual and group terrorism but close their eyes to state terror,” he stated, while citing a systematic pattern of well-documented atrocities committed by Indian forces in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

Mowahid said a moral responsibility rests on political leaders and thinking circles to rise above dictates of vested interests and correct the distorted international narrative and energize international forums to factually spotlight the blatant subjugation of the people of Kashmir and Palestine.

It is therefore imperative, he concluded, that civil society not suc cumb to a defeatist mindset and step up to contest challenges posed by tyranny and injustice.


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