Sixth International Kashmir
Conference in Washington
Kashmir a Volcano, Warns Mowahid
H. Shah addresses the Sixth International Kashmir Conference
on Capitol Hill in Washington. Looking on is noted Kashmir
resistance figure, Yasin Malik, Chairman, Jammu Kashmir
DC: Miscalculating the explosive potential of Kashmir would
be a blunder because Kashmir can explode at any given moment,
and its effect can spill over beyond the regional confines.
This was said by Mowahid Hussain Shah, Special Assistant to
the Chief Minister, Punjab, during his address at the inaugural
session of the International Kashmir Conference convened on
Capitol Hill inside the premises of the US Congress. He stated,
“You can ignore the volcano, but the volcano won’t
The other panelists included Ambassador Mahmud Ali Durrani;
Mr. Yasin Malik, Chairman of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation
Front; Mr. Kamal Chenoy, Jawaharlal Nehru University; Mr.
Salman Haider, ex-Foreign Secretary of India; Amb. Yusuf Buch
and Congressmen Dan Burton and Jim Kolbe. The ably-organized
and largely attended conference, representing delegates from
all corners of the globe, was put together by the Kashmiri
American Council/Kashmir Center and the Association of Humanitarian
Mowahid said while India relies on the utility of force, the
present scenario reveals only the futility of force. Despite
brutal occupation, the spirit of the Kashmiri people remains
unconquered, he emphasized. He said that the Kashmiri people
should be allowed to freely decide their future through the
modality of plebiscite under applicable UN resolutions.
If occupation continues, resistance too will continue, stressed
Mowahid. “No justice for Kashmir means no peace in the
region,” said Mowahid.
During his presentation at the follow-up Roundtable discussion,
Mowahid urged Muslim youth in America to raise the international
profile of Kashmir through frequent e-mailing of Letters to
the Editor. Mowahid reminded his American audience that his
research had revealed that had the founding father of America
and its first President, George Washington, been captured
by British forces, he most likely would have been hung for
his pivotal role in leading American resistance to British
colonial occupation. All participants to the conference assented
to Mowahid’s proposal that India should be made to apply
and abide by the Geneva Conventions in Held Kashmir.
The Members of Congress unanimously voiced their support for
the continuation of a peace process that respects the aspirations
of the people of Kashmir and includes their representatives.
The Congress members who spoke on the occasion included: Congressman
Dennis Kucinich, former Democratic Presidential Candidate;
Congressman Dan Burton; Congressman McCotter, Congressman
Rohrabacher; Congressman Rahall; Congresswoman Bernice Johnson;
Congresswoman Sheila Jackson-Lee; Congressman Pascrell; Congressman
Kolbe; Congressman Major Owens; Congresswoman McKinney and
Different themes were debated by different panelists. Mr.
Muhammad Yasin Malik, Chairman of the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation
Front (JKLF), in his inaugural address asked India to enhance
the pace of the peace process and end all human rights violations.
He urged Pakistan to institutionalize the peace process by
engaging all Pakistani political parties.