ANKARA, 22 Şubat 2018: Türkiye-Pakistan
Yüksek Düzeyde Askeri Diyalog Grubunun (HLMDG) 13. Toplantısı Ankara'da 19-23
Şubat tarihlerinde düzenlendi.Türkiye
Cumhuriyeti Genelkurmay Başkan Yardımcısı Orgeneral Ümit Dündar Türk heyetine
başkanlık ederken, Savunma Bakanı Emekli Korgeneral Zamir-Ul-Hasan Shah
görüşmelerde Pakistan heyetine başkanlık etti.
Toplantıdan önce, Emekli Korgeneral
Zamir-Ul-Hasan Shah Türk Genelkurmay Başkanı Orgeneral Hulusi AKAR ve Türk
Genelkurmay Başkan YardımcısıOrgeneral Ümit DÜNDAR'la görüşmelerde bulundu.
HLMDG toplantısı sırasında, her iki heyet
askeri eğitim, talim, savunma endüstrisi işbirliği, bölgesel güvenlik ve
terörizmle savaş konularındaki karşılıklı işbirliğinin tüm yönlerini
Her iki taraf özellikle Orta Doğu, Güney Asya
ve Afganistan'a dair olan güvenlik, terörizm karşıtı ve bölgesel ortama ait
karşılıklı çıkar alanları üzerinde görüş alışverişinde bulundu. Bunun yanı sıra, heyetler Ocak 2017'de
Pakistan'da düzenlenmiş olan son HLMDG toplantısından beri kaydedilmiş olan
Emekli Korgeneral Zamir-Ul-Hasan Shah aynı
zamanda Milli Savunma Bakanıyla ve Savunma Sanayisi Müsteşarıyla da görüştü ve
ASELSAN, TAI, HAVELSAN ve ROKETSAN dahil savunma sanayi firmalarını ziyaret
Konuşmalar içten ve samimi bir atmosferde
düzenlendi.Heyet liderleri savunmayla
ve güvenlikle alakalı meselelerde işbirliğini geliştirme kararını aldı.HLMDG Pakistan ve Türkiye arasındaki en
yüksek düzeydeki kurumsal mekanizmadır ve savunma alanındaki bağları
geliştirmek için politikalar ve eylem planları düzenlemekle yükümlüdür.Pakistan-Türkiye HLMDG toplantısının bir
sonraki oturumu 2019'da Pakistan'da düzenlenecektir.
ANKARA, 22 February 2018: The 13th
meeting of Turkey-Pakistan High Level Military Dialogue Group (HLMDG) was held
in Ankara from 19-23 February. General Umit DUNDAR, Deputy Chief of Turkish
General Staff, Republic of Turkey led Turkish delegation, while Lt. Gen. (Retd)
Zamir-Ul-Hasan Shah, Secretary Defence led Pakistan delegation in the talks.
Prior to the meeting, Lt. Gen. (Retd)
Zamir-Ul-Hasan Shah had meetings with General Hulusi AKAR, Chief of Turkish General
Staff, and General Umit DUNDAR, Deputy Chief of Turkish General Staff.
During the HLMDG meeting, both delegations
discussed all avenues of mutual cooperation in military training, education,
defence industry cooperation, regional security and fight against terrorism. Both
sides reaffirmed the resolve to further deepen defence cooperation.
Both sides deliberated upon areas of mutual
interest, including security, counter terrorism and prevailing regional
environment particularly with reference to Middle East, South Asia and
Afghanistan. Besides, delegations took stock of the progress that has been made
since the last HLMDG meeting held in Pakistan in January 2017.
Lt. Gen. (Retd) Zamir-Ul-Hasan Shah also held
meetings with Minister for National Defence, Undersecretary for Defence
Industry, and visited defence industry firms including ASELSAN, TAI, HAVELSAN
Talks were held in a most cordial and
congenial atmosphere. Delegation leaders resolved to enhance cooperation in
defence and security related issues. The HLMDG
is the highest level of institutional mechanism between Pakistan and Turkey,
mandated to charter policies and action plans to promote ties in the defence
field. The next session of
Pakistan-Turkey HLMDG meeting will be held in Pakistan in 2019.
By Abdul Akbar, First Secretary, Embassy of Pakistan Ankara
“This will be the fate of
the stone-pelters!” shouted an Indian military official on a megaphone, as
a military convoy drove past shell-shocked bystanders on 9 April 2017, in
Utligam village in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
At the head of the military convoy was an Indian military jeep -
with a young Kashmiri man tied with ropes to its front, writhing in agony and
pain. That’s the “fate” that the Indian military official was warning about.
For nearly four hours the convoy was paraded through village
after village, instilling terror in the hearts of men, women and children
alike, repeatedly announcing: “This will
be the fate of the stone-pelters!”
The brutal demonstration
of power, instead of terrorising the masses, resulted in protests erupting all
across Jammu and Kashmir. As the video of the incident went viral on social
media, believers in basic values of human dignity and respect called for
holding those responsible accountable.
The response to the wide
spread outrage was, however, characteristic of the decades-long Indian policy
in the region - adding insult to the injury. The individual responsible for
parading the young Kashmiri as ‘human shield’ was not only awarded the Indian
Chief of Army Staff’s Commendation card, but his shameful act was praised by
the Indian Government for “boosting the morale of soldiers”.
Standing among the
shell-shocked bystanders watching the ‘human shield’ parade, the Stone Pelter,
a young Kashmiri boy- still hiding a stone in his hand – felt shivers of fear
go down his spine. Will this also be my fate one day, the thought froze his
heart with foreboding. “I cannot bear this inhuman treatment, torture and
humiliation” he murmured to himself.
As he walked back from
the “human shield” parade, he questioned why he could not live a normal life
like all other human beings? Why his heavenly hometown had been turned into a dreadful
prison by 700,000 Indian troops, making it one of the most heavily militarized zones
in the world. He felt that his life was worse than a caged animal’s. Why was it
that he was being denied rights that most other human beings took for granted?
Why must he live with the pain of not being able to help his sister who was
brutally raped by soldiers of the occupation army? Why did he have to bury a
brother, the dead body riddled with countless pellet marks? Why does his mother
stand by the door of their house waiting for a husband who left for his daily
work one morning and never made it safely back in the evening ?
But the teachers in his
school also say that there is a brighter world outside, the world whose
conscience is still alive; there are people who still value human life and
dignity; who still listen to the inner voices of their hearts; and who have yet
not sold their humanity to pragmatic materialism.
The young stone-pelter
cannot reconcile that image with the grim reality he experiences everyday in
Indian Occupied Kashmir. In the world he knows of, all his friends and their
families share similar stories. Every house is in perpetual mourning in this man-made
hell in God-made heaven. Scenes of horrific brutalities are his only childhood
memories. His half-widow mother tells him 94,000
Kashmiris have laid down their lives in this just struggle for
self-determination. Hundreds perished in the custody of the Indian security
forces. Thousands of women have been raped and molested. Every other day a new
mass grave, now in hundreds, is discovered.
She tells him that after the extrajudicial
killing of a young, charismatic Kashmiri leader, Burhan Muzaffar Wani on 8th
July 2016, spontaneous protests erupted all across Occupied Jammu &
Kashmir. Indian occupation forces resorted to indiscriminate force and
brutality to suppress these protests. The
occupation army killed more than 170 Kashmiris of all ages with their dreaded
pellet guns – if the gun did not kill you, it maimed you horribly, taking your
eye-sight, crippling you, killing you while you still live.
mother also says that India’s own leadership had not only promised an end to
its occupation to the people of Jammu & Kashmir, but also to Pakistan and
the international community. On 31 October 1947, Indian Prime Minister Jawahar
Lal Nehru wrote “… that we shall withdraw
our troops from Kashmir as soon as peace and order is restored and leave the
decision regarding the future of the State (of Jammu & Kashmir) to the
people of the State is not merely a promise to your government but also to the
people of Kashmir, and to the world.”
young stone pelter’s mind is baffled by what he hears and what he sees.He is startled how easily India forgot its
promise and at the blatant audacity of the Indian Government to deny access to
human rights organizations to the weeping valley of Kashmir. He knows, despite all
international condemnation and calls for investigations into decades of atrocities
against Kashmiris, no one has been held accountable so far.
mother tells him that losing hope is not in the blood of Kashmiris. She says
that there are still people with conscience alive. There are world leaders who
speak for them. There are countries that stand-by them. There are NGOs and
other organizations that feel their pain and raise their voices for them. There
are documented reports by different institutions, including the Independent
Permanent Human rights Commission (IPHRC) of the Organization of Islamic
Countries (OIC) highlighting the continuous violation of fundamental human
rights in the Indian Occupied Kashmir. The reports highlight the increase in
the indiscriminate and disproportionate use of force against unarmed and
innocent civilians and human rights activists by the Indian forces with
impunity; torture; extrajudicial killings; rape; and mass blinding through use
of pellets. Above all, the reports chronicle the denial of the Kashmiri’s
inalienable right of self determination.
young mind cannot fathom that India that brutalizes him, denies him his rights,
wishes to become a permanent member of the UN Security Council, an organization
whose resolutions it has mockingly flouted for seven decades.
young mind questions why the Pakistani Prime Minister’s demand at the United
Nations General Assembly on 21 September 2017 to appoint a Special Envoy on
Kashmir to ensure the implementation of the UN Security Council resolutions has
not yielded any results. Are all the
calls made to halt pellet gun attacks and other violence against unarmed
demonstrators in Jammu & Kashmir; stop the use of rape as an instrument of
state policy by Indian security forces; end media blackouts; rescind draconian
“laws” encouraging impunity; and free all Kashmiri political leaders under
detention, unreasonable and illegitimate?
Frightened, baffled and heartbroken, the young stone-pelter
questions himself how many more nights of oppression, rapes, torture and
killings would it take to jolt the conscience of the international community?
How many more Kashmiris must lose their eyes to pellet-guns before the world
opens its eyes to this oppression? How long will the Kashmiris be used as human
shields, like in Utligam village, before the international community stands up to
The stone-pelter finds no satisfactory answers to his questions.
He traces his steps back to join his other young class fellows who stand
fearlessly in front of the Indian troops with stones in their hands and the
belief in their hearts that no occupation force in this world is powerful
enough to stamp out what people truly believe in. The stone-pelters are
real-life Davids against power drunk Goliaths. They know that in the end they
will prevail, but they ask why the world must take so long to say, “Enough” to
It is time that the stone-pelter gets an honest
PS: Turkish version of this article appeared in Turkish daily Yeni Şafak on 5 February 2018. External link https://www.yenisafak.com/hayat/tas-atanin-ikilemi-3089197