Kashmir Deserves Urgent International Attention: Dr. Fai

Washington, DC, September 6th, 2009. Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, Kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center, said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir still have confidence in the United Nations despite its failure to resolve many international disputes. However, Dr. Fai added, that it is crucial to remind the international community of United Nations Security Resolution # 209 which was adopted in its 1237th meeting on September 4th, 1965. That resolution was unanimously adopted with the clear support of the United States of America wherein the Security Council expressed its concern at the deteriorating situation in the disputed territory of Kashmir.

Dr. Fai emphasized that today, after 45 years of passing of that resolution, the situation in Kashmir has become increasingly deadly with human rights abuses ongoing unabated. In recent months, Kashmir has witnessed a colossal mass revolt against Indian oppression. These massive demonstrations have been absolutely peaceful. The recent gruesome discovery of 4600 mass graves, the rape and brutal murder of two young girls in Shopian in June 2009 only sharpen the imperative to act swiftly and justly. The resolution is clear, nothing less than the respect of wishes and aspirations of the people of the State of Jammu & Kashmir.

“In Indian occupied Kashmir, the inalienable right for freedom of opinion are as grotesquely violated as the people. The indigenous Kashmiri leadership including Syed Ali Gilani, Shabbir Ahmed Shah, Aasiya Andrabi, Nayeem Ahmed Khan, Masarat Alam Butt and others are the victims of the atrocities committed by the Indian armed forces. Sadly, as of yet, all are languishing in jails” said Fai.

To carry out their terror, the Indian government has enforced many draconian laws that have been used from time to time to suppress the movement for right to self-determination in Jammu Kashmir. Just to briefly some of them Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) provides wide powers to the occupying Indian forces in Jammu Kashmir and they can arrest torture and kill any person at their will. Another draconian law is the Jammu Kashmir Public Safety Act 1978 (JKPSA) amended in 1987 and 1990. In Jammu and Kashmir it empowers the state government to detain a person without trial for two years under the pretext of maintenance of public order. No civilized society on earth should tolerate this monstrosity, particularly from a nation that proclaims itself ‘the world’s largest democracy.’

The history of past sixty-two years bears testimony that arm-twisting methods have not helped in containing or defeating the political dissent. This simplistic and barbaric strategy has proven dangerously counterproductive and augmented regional instability. It may be reiterated that suppressing the political dissent and suffocating the public opinion is like laying of a minefield that has the potential of blowing up on the slightest touch.

To prevent such a cataclysmic event, President Obama said on January 9, 2009 “We will abide by the Geneva Conventions. We will uphold our highest ideals.” Dr. Fai, commenting on the significance of that statement, said, “We would like our President to remind India to abide by the UN Security Council Resolutions, Universal declaration of Human Rights & Geneva Convention.”

The Kashmiri American Council is committed to finding a just and lasting peace to the disputed territory of Kashmir through tripartite talks between India, Pakistan and genuine Kashmiri leadership, to resolve this longstanding dispute. It urges the international community to intervene on humanitarian grounds to ease the suffering of the innocent and unarmed Kashmiri population.

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  1. POLICY STATEMENT OF JAMMU REGIONAL MUSLIMS ORGANISATION
    JAMMU REGIONAL MUSLIMS ORGANIZATION reiterates the objects and purposes of – defense of the religious identity, the human right and the constitutional rights of the Muslim community, protection of their life, property and dignity and the sanctity of their religious places, institutions and Wakf properties, the development of their educational and economic status, their adequate representation in the political structure, public services, development outlay and welfare benefits – in short, their Empowerment.
    The JAMMU REGIONAL MUSLIMS ORGANIZATION also reiterates its pledge to promote inter-religious harmony, tolerance, goodwill and fraternal relations among all communities of our multi-religious society.
    The JAMMU REGIONAL MUSLIMS ORGANIZATION expresses its distress at the national situation today – the upsurge of chauvinism and fascism, the threat of assimilation of all diversities into uniformity, the widening economic gap between the rich and the poor, the steep rise in the price levels of the essential items of mass consumption, the persistent violation of human rights, the phenomenal rise in corruption, the brutal atrocities against the weaker sections, the rampant discrimination and the steady saffronisation of education and culture.
    The JAMMU REGIONAL MUSLIMS ORGANIZATION advises the Muslim community, individually and collectively, to join hands with like-minded forces to save our Nation from disaster and take it in the right direction.
    The JAMMU REGIONAL MUSLIMS ORGANIZATION reiterates its commitment to the democratic and secular order under the Constitution and to our glorious traditions of cultural synthesis, religious tolerance and social fraternization and takes note of the hidden agenda of the Sangh Parivar to convert the secular State progressively into a Hindu State and to destroy the basic ethos of our mother land.
    The JAMMU REGIONAL MUSLIMS ORGANIZATION expresses its determination to resist their anti-national move in cooperation with other secular forces. In this context, the JAMMU REGIONAL MUSLIMS ORGANIZATION calls upon all secular forces to come together with a view to form a truly secular Government at the Centre and the states and assures them of the full support of the Muslim community in this task.
    The JAMMU REGIONAL MUSLIMS ORGANIZATION records its deep apprehension that the minority rights shall be targeted in the current review of the Constitution and authorizes the President to monitor the progress of the review and to intervene to protect the Muslim interest, when considered necessary.
    The JAMMU REGIONAL MUSLIMS ORGANIZATION reiterates the commitment of the Muslim community to accept the final judicial verdict on the Babari Masjid dispute but cautions the authorities against the plan of the Sangh Parivar to build the proposed Mandir on the Babari Masjid site, in defiance of the judicial orders.
    The JAMMU REGIONAL MUSLIMS ORGANIZATION also records its firm rejection of any move to hand over the Babari Masjid site to the VHP through legislation.
    The JAMMU REGIONAL MUSLIMS ORGANIZATION expresses its agony at the continuing violence in Jammu and Kashmir and welcomes the possibility of unconditional dialogue between the Government, on one hand, and the APHC and other political elements, on the other.
    The JAMMU REGIONAL MUSLIMS ORGANIZATION demands a Moratorium on violence and calls for mobilization of the people all over the country Against Violence and For Dialogue.
    The JAMMU REGIONAL MUSLIMS ORGANIZATION condemns the current spate of violence against the Dalits,Christian & Sikh community and expresses its solidarity with them and other minorities and calls for the formation of a united front of minorities to defend their rights.

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