No economic blockade in Kasmir, false propaganda by Kashmiri leaders
By Parveen Kumar, advocate
There is Hindu Uprise in Jammu region of the State of Jammu and Kashmir for the last more than one and half month now. The stupid acts of the political leaders belonging to PDP, NC and Congress has given birth to this Mass Movement being spearheaded by the Shri Amarnath Yatra Sangarsh Samiti under the leadership of of Sh. Leella Karan Sharma, a Senior advocate at J&K High Court, Jammu, demanding restoration of the land back to Shri Amarnath Ji Shrine Board(SASB). The land being transferred to SASB was revoked by the Azad government due to violent protests against this land transfer order perpetrated by the leaderships of PDP and NC in league with the other separatist forces in the Kashmir valley. The object behind this was the hidden Anti-National agenda of the Kashmiri leadership blindly being watched and fostered by the Central Government.
Obviously, the revocation of the land transfer order to Shrine Board has undermined and hurt the religious sentiments of the Hindus in Jammu and rest of India that unveiled the spectre of alleged discrimination against Jammu over the last more than 60 years. The pent up frustration of Jammu people has converted today into a Spontaneous Mass Movement in every nook and corner of Jammu which has choked the Anti- National Kashmiri Leadership in the valley and under this choking atmosphere the foolish leaders like Mehbooba Mufti and others such like leaders are crying hoarse and Mis-Informing the Kashmir people that economic blockade is being imposed on the Kashmir but sorry to say that this time these Anti-National leaders will not able to give effect to their hidden anti-National agenda by proclaiming and coining such slogans as economic blockade in Kashmir.
I wish to make it very clear to the innocent people of Kashmir that there is no economic blockade on the Jammu and Srinagar Highway but was a temporary disruption due to agitation which took its birth due to folly of the State’s PDP, NC and Congress leaderships. Let us understand more about the concept of Economic blockade rather than rumours floating around for petty political vested interests.
In this respect the renowned expert on International Law and the present Dean, Academic Affairs at Jammu University. Mr. Dr. BPS Sehgal was consulted to clear the concept of economic blockade.
What economic blockade is ?
In order to understand the Economic Blockade, it is essential to understand the concept of Blockade The blockade is an Act of war whereby one party blocks entry to or departure from an enemy area, often a coast. Blockades are regulated by international law and custom, which require advance warning to neutral states and impartial application. Penalties for breach of blockade are seizure of ship and cargo and their possible condemnation as lawful prizes. Neutral ships may not be destroyed for blockade running.
A blockade is any effort to prevent supplies, troops, information or aid from reaching an opposing force. The economic blockade is hitting at the economic resources of the enemy to weaken it
Various forms of Blockade:
There are various forms of blockades as there is effective blockade, which is maintained by a force. Another form is Blockade by notification, which takes place when the same has been declared and notified by diplomatic notice that certain things are under blockade. When there is no force to maintain blockade but is simply notified then it is paper blockade. Then there is commercial blockade or pacific blockade which aims at to diminish the resources of the enemy by cutting off his external commerce. The blockade in order to be a valid must be established under the authority of a belligerent government.
According to the top Expert on International law and present Dean, Academic Affairs at Jammu University, Mr. BPS Sehgal,
The economic blockade as proclaimed by the leaders in Kashmir cannot be termed as Economic blockade but is a mere temporary disruption which has been caused due to the people agitating to show their resentment against the revocation of the land transfer order to Shri Amarnath Shrine Board. The disruption to free flow of the traffic on Jammu Srinagar highway has already been cleared by the state government and as of today there is no disruption on the Jammu Srinagar Highway but the issue is being politicized for petty political interests
Mr. Sehagal also made it very clear in public interest that Economic Blockade is a mode of settlement of international disputes between the two Countries by which access to one Country is blocked so as to compel the government of that country to accept the terms of settlement for sit for negotiations to resolve the dispute or any related issues. This mode according to him was adopted in first and second world war also. Moreover this mode is adopted when both parties fail to resolve issues by peaceful/amicable methods. This term economic blockade has never been used within the state. Mr Sehagal is of the view that in a democratic set up people expresses their resentment by temporarily disrupting the access to the roads for blocking the roads so as to compel the government to meet their grievances which at no cost can be termed as economic blockade.
It is conspicuous that the term economic blockade is used only between the two warring countries and not within the country as the Kashmiri leadership is using it to mislead the innocent people of Kashmir.