Kashmiris Stage Protest before the White House as Trump, Modi Meet

Washington, DC: Hundreds of Kashmiri Americans raised slogans of Azadi, justice, and freedom in front of the White House during Prime Minister Modi’s meeting with President Trump on June 26.
Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General, World Kashmir Awareness Forum, said that now is the time that President Trump listen to Candidate Trump who said on October 17, 2016 that he would be honored to address the "very, very hot tinderbox" of Kashmir between India and Pakistan.” “The United States paved the way for freedom around the world and the United States can help the people of Kashmir achieve peace, freedom and self-determination,” Fai added.
Fai warned that Prime minister Modi will not tell President Trump that “India is blinding young Kashmiri protesters – and no one will face justice” as reported by The Guardian, July 18, 2016. Nor will Prime Minister Modi tell President Trump: “India’s crackdown in Kashmir: is this the world’s first mass blinding?” as reported again by The Guardian, July 28, 2016
“India wants the Kashmir issue to be buried under the rug when the issue is raised in the international community by alleging that it is bilateral issue between India and Pakistan and no one else’s business. It could be strictly a bilateral issue if forthrightness was involved. India’s saber rattling at this delicate moment is indicative of its design to divert international attention from the realities of the Kashmir dispute and the principle of a healthy and viable international order. This is the time that President Trump can persuade both India and Pakistan to initiate a meaningful dialogue with the leadership of the people of Kashmir for the sake of international peace and security.
Dr Imtiaz Khan, President, Kashmiri American Council, stated that President Donald Trump should impress upon Prime Minister Modi to fulfill the commitment of granting the right of self-determination that was promised to the people of Kashmir and is part of the United Nations Charter. Also President Trump should draw the attention of gross human rights violations inflicted upon by Indian armed forces on the people of Kashmir.
“In the month of Ramadan at least 80 people were massacred by Indian Occupation Forces. This cycle of brutal killings and human rights violations need to stop. Youth of Kashmir have been driven to the wall for asking what is their legitimate right. It is high time that President of the United States takes a leadership role and facilitates a dialogue between India and Pakistan and also takes into consideration the aspirations of the people of Kashmir. Failure to do so may prove to be an unmitigated disaster, which will have serious ramification for not only the region but the whole world. Both Pakistan and India are nuclear powers and unabated skirmishes on the border due to Kashmir issue could snowball into nuclear exchange,” Khan added.
Professor Abdul Rashid called on India to accede to international law in Kashmir, to cooperate in holding a referendum administered by a neutral agency, and to welcome third party intervention or mediation to solve any prickly details.
Dr A. R. Meer said that India itself would benefit by the vast savings in military and paramilitary force in Kashmir, and by the more favorable investment environment that would follow on the heels of peace in Kashmir.
Iqbal Chand Dodi said that India's war crimes in Kashmir are notorious. Soldiers kill civilians with impunity. Rape and torture are routinely practiced but never punished.
Sardar Zarif Khan said that Indian leaders know that crimes against Kashmiris are occurring. They do nothing to restrain Indian military forces and their collaborators.
Sardar Zubair Khan said that it is incumbent upon the United States, as the leader of the free world, to take a leadership role in resolving the status of the disputed territory of Kashmir. No one else can help us.
Raja Liaqat Kiyani said that the peace process between India and Pakistan will not yield positive results unless the genuine leadership of the people of Jammu and Kashmir is included in the talks.
Hamid Malik thanked the participants and pointed out that continued Indian occupation has turned Kashmir into a garrison.
Others who spoke on the occasion included: Zafar Iqbal, Khalid Tanvir, Rashid Malik, Tariq Khan, Hayat Khan, Sardar Zahid Khan, Sardar Asghar Khan, Khalid Saleem, Shafiq Shah, Zahoor Khan, Ashfaq Shah, Mohammad Akbar, Choudhary Khalid, and Aftab Roshan khan.

 

 

 

 

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