The Centre for Pakistan and Gulf Studies (CPGS) recently generated an online poll to assess public opinion on Pakistan’s counter-response to Indian designs of ‘isolating’ it in world community of nations. In wake of recent attacks on Indian soil, particularly at the Pathankot base and Uri camp, India has blamed Pakistan without carrying out any investigation and evidence. Moreover, New Delhi also labelled Pakistan as a ‘terrorist state’ to sabotage its standing in the international diplomatic arena. Recently, India and some of South Asian states under Indian pressure, boycotted SAARC Summit that was to be held in Pakistan.

A majority of 56.7% of the respondents expressed their satisfaction over the way Pakistan has been addressing this issue. While 33.3% of them were not happy with the way Pakistan has been handling the Indian propaganda. However, only 10% of the respondents had no clear idea on the matter.

Jammu and Kashmir is the disputed territory between India and Pakistan since the two countries gained independence in 1947. The two countries have fought three wars over the issue. The United Nations has passed several resolutions calling upon India to give the right of self-determination to the Kashmiris in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IOK) that India has been denying. Over the decades, India has been violating fundamental human rights in Kashmir at a humongous scale. Thousands of Kashmiris have lost their lives at the hands of the stationed Indian forces in their struggle to attain independence and basic human rights since India occupied the Valley. In May 2016, India martyred a young Kashmiri freedom fighter, Burhan Wani, which triggered and infused a fresh zeal in the Kashmiri freedom struggle. Ever since, the Valley has been imposed under curfew, more than 100 Kashmiris martyred and thousands injured especially by pellet gun attacks. Pakistan has raised this matter at world forums that Kashmir awaits justice and basic rights for a long time.

India has a long history blaming Pakistan for its domestic security shortcomings. Every attack on its soil is blamed on Pakistan, without any evidence. India blamed Pakistan for the September Uri attack on India’s army camp in Kashmir that Pakistan believes can be instigated by Indian repression on Kashmiris. Moreover, it has been trying to belittle Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terror. India’s National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval’s leaked video confirms that India has this policy to tag Pakistan as a ‘terrorist state’ and diplomatically ‘isolate’ it in the comity of nations worldwide. It is argued that by carrying out false-flag operations on its soil and blaming Pakistan for terrorism (that Pakistan itself is one of the biggest victims of), India is not only trying to cover its brutalities in Kashmir and suppress the freedom struggle, but also strip Pakistan of its reputation as an anti-terror state that it has got in wake of several successes against terrorism such as Operation Zarb-e-Azb which the world has time and again also acknowledged.

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