In the past week, sections of Indian media and government has invoked Geneva Conventions while demanding the release of captured IAF pilot Abhinandan from Pakistan. But can India invoke Geneva Conventions selectively and ignore its commitment to the Geneva Conventions while dealing with civilian protestors and armed combatants in Kashmir, argues Yasir Altaf Zargar.
The following extract – translated by poet and writer Huzaifa Pandit – is from the booklet – Main Kaun Huun (Who am I). Written while on trial for the Ganga Plane Hijacking case from the ramparts of Lahore fort prison, the booklet is an important declaration of the Kashmiri right to self-determination and a rebuttal of the two-nation theory that allows Kashmir little role and agency.
Maqbool Bhat delivered this famous speech during the 1969 Muzaffarabad Convention of the Plebiscite Front. Mohammad Tahir translated this speech into English for Wande special issue on Maqbool Bhat. The speech is featured in JKLF publication Roshni Ka Shaheed Awal (First Martyr of the Light).