Monday, March 7, 2011
Qadhafi likens his crackdown to India’s action in Kashmir
It said that last week, on the eve of the UN Security Council debate and vote against Libya on February 26, Col. Qadhafi, in a missive to Dr Singh, asked for India’s support for his actions as civil war broke out in Libya.
“The request for support came even as African and European countries, including
’s UN envoy who defected to the rebels, made an impassioned plea in the Security Council to refer Qadhafi to the International Criminal Court,” the paper said. Libya voted for the UNSC resolution, which was passed unanimously. India
Col. Qadhafi has reportedly used warplanes to strafe his own people who are fighting to free
from the strongman’s four decades of control. Libya India has largely desisted from using air power to combat the rebels in Kashmir although it has used planes and helicopters to fight them elsewhere. According to some estimates, over 6,000 people have died in the Libyan fighting, a fraction of the Kashmiri casualty effected at the hands of Indian forces and Muslim extremists.
Col. Qadhafi “has rarely been a person
has been comfortable with,” the Times of India said. “In September 2009, (Qadhafi), in a 100-minute speech at the UN General Assembly, railed against India India and Kashmir as well. Kashmir should be an independent state, not Indian, not Pakistani. We should end this conflict. It should be a Ba’athist state between India and ,” he said. Pakistan
The writer is Dawn’s correspondent in