Police forces in India-administered Kashmir are questioning Kashmiris who lately traveled to Turkey, as a number of people have been subjected to inquiries lately.
As the Anadolu Agency (AA) reported this week, the grandniece of the second prime minister of the erstwhile Jammu and Kashmir state, Shazia Bakshi, wrote on Twitter that she, her 72-year-old mom and 9-year-old niece had been requested to go to a police station to reply questions. The trio had traveled to Turkey for 5 days in 2017.
Shazia wrote that in line with an officer from the Crime Investigation Department (CID) who visited her house, it was a “routine verify” on all vacationers who visited Turkey as “relations at the moment are unhealthy between India and Turkey.”
Journalist Aakash Hassan instructed AA that police from the CID visited his house Wednesday in a village in Anantnag district and requested his mother and father about his whereabouts.
“My mom instructed him I work in Srinagar. I then acquired a name. The caller mentioned he was from the CID. He requested me about numerous issues like journey particulars, why I had been to Turkey, whether or not there was a militant in my household, whether or not I’ve been detained for stone-pelting. In truth, that they had inquired about me from the village head additionally,” he mentioned.
“What struck me on this questioning was that they requested whether or not I used to be a Hanafi or a Salafi. I jestingly instructed them ‘I do not know myself what I’m,’ however he mentioned ‘No, you have to be one of many two,'” mentioned Hassan.
In January, Hassan enrolled within the grasp’s program in political science at Istanbul Zaim University however returned after common courses had been suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
A Kashmiri man working in Ankara, who requested anonymity for worry of reprisals, mentioned police visited his house in Srinagar and questioned him.
“What I’ve been doing in Turkey, my instructional background, whether or not I used to be affiliated with any pro-freedom group and different staple questions Kashmiris are routinely requested by Indian companies,” he mentioned.
On Wednesday, Sobia Bhat, a Kashmiri scholar, wrote on Facebook: “Why are they calling everybody who has visited Turkey in the previous couple of years for an enquiry to the native police stations? Some of my mates acquired a name final week and at the moment it was me. Are they petrified of Ertugrul Ghazi’s title track?”
When AA contacted Sobia, she mentioned her father had gone to the native police station to reply on her behalf.
“They have requested him to submit a replica of the invitation letter that I had acquired from the group which had invited me for a workshop. Also, a photocopy of my passport. They even inquired about my school checking account particulars. My dad needed to sit there for greater than an hour,” mentioned Sobia, who’s pursuing a Ph.D. at South Asian University, New Delhi.
Several Facebook customers wrote about receiving comparable calls.
A senior intelligence officer with Jammu and Kashmir police instructed on situation of anonymity that authorities had been making a database of Kashmiris who’ve traveled to international nations.
“It is a benign train. People are being known as to police stations solely to cross-check info,” he mentioned, including at current, guests to Turkey are being questioned.
More than 7,300 Kashmiris had been arrested and jailed in numerous Indian states since August. Most have been launched. Three journalists have been booked below an anti-terror legislation for social media feedback and reporting police went in opposition to guidelines. Two others have been questioned for their reporting.
Turkey criticized India’s resolution final August to scrap nominal political autonomous standing for Jammu and Kashmir. The Indian authorities was riled in February when President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan in contrast the wrestle of Kashmiris with the Ottoman Empire’s combat throughout World War I.
Erdoğan instructed the Pakistani parliament that there was “no distinction between Gallipoli and Kashmir.” The battle of Gallipoli was fought between allied powers and the Ottoman Empire.
“Turkey will proceed to boost its voice in opposition to the oppression. The troubles our Kashmiri brothers have suffered for many years have been exacerbated by the most recent unilateral steps,” Erdoğan mentioned, triggering a pointy response from New Delhi.
The Indian Foreign Ministry summoned Turkey’s Ambassador to Delhi Şakir Özcan Torunlar and accused Turkey of interfering in India’s home points.
In his tackle to the United Nations General-Assembly final yr, Erdoğan additionally criticized the worldwide neighborhood for failing to concentrate to the 72-year-old downside.
“In order for the Kashmiri individuals to take a look at a protected future along with their Pakistani and Indian neighbors, it’s crucial to unravel the issue by means of dialogue and on the premise of justice and fairness, however not by means of collision,” mentioned Erdoğan.
The Kashmir dispute, one of many oldest on the agenda of the U.N. Security Council, erupted between India and Pakistan in 1947. The Security Council known as for a referendum to determine the area’s destiny in 1948. While India says elections held in territories managed by an administration that’s backed by New Delhi determined to help accession to India makes a referendum pointless, the U.N. and Pakistan say a referendum must take note of the views of voters all through the previous princely state.
Jammu and Kashmir are presently partly held by India and Pakistan and claimed by each in full. A small sliver can be held by China. Since they had been partitioned in 1947, the 2 nations have fought 4 wars – in 1948, 1965, 1971 and 1999 – three of them over Kashmir. India has about 500,000 troopers deployed in its half of Kashmir, the place separatists have for many years been combating for independence or a merger with Pakistan.
Since 1947, greater than 94,000 Kashmiris have been killed throughout clashes with Indian authorities, in line with Pakistani sources. Islamabad has urged the worldwide neighborhood to satisfy its ethical and authorized obligation by giving Kashmiris the prospect to comprehend their inalienable proper to self-determination in accordance with Security Council resolutions.