Kashmiri Americans had a symbolic protest at the UN

SRINAGAR: As India and Pakistan are trading charges during the ongoing UN General Assembly session in New York, some Kashmiri Americans with roots in the two halves of Kashmir have reportedly protested outside the UN.

Ghulam Nabi Fai, in a statement, said the participants raised slogans and made speeches. They were carrying placards: India: Honour UN Pledges, Time to Resolve Kashmir Dispute Now, Kashmir: The Nuclear Flashpoint and No Justice, No Peace.

The statement said that messages from Syed Ali Geelani and Mohammad Yasin Malik were read to the participants.

Kashmiri Americans with roots in PaK and J&K holding a symbolic protest outside UN. Picture: Fai

“Notwithstanding India not allowing the fact-finding mission of the UN High Commissioner on Human Rights to have access to the situation in Kashmir, India cannot be and should not be allowed to imperil global peace,” the statement quoted Geelani’s message conveying. “In the given situation in the region, it is your bounden duty to take de-novo cognizance of Kashmir immediately as tensions centre on the India-Pakistan border, otherwise the august body shall be failing in its obligations under the Charter.”

“Kashmiris on daily basis are being humiliated, destroyed, incarcerated, tortured, blinded, and demonized,” the statement quoting Malik’s message. “This is being done with total impunity.”

JKLF in a statemnet in Srinagar said Yasin Malik spoketo the gatering through a video link.

Others who spoke to the gathering, according to the statement included Barrister Sultan Mehmood Choudhary, former PaK Prime Minister, Ishtiyaq Hameed, representative of Hurriyet Conference, Dr  A R Meer from Baramulla, Saleem Qadri from Srinagar, Sardar Taj Khan, Sardar Imtiaz Khan Garalavi, Saleem Butt, a former PaK minister, Dr Asif Luqman, Sardar Tahir Iqbal, Raja Liaqat Kiyani, Ms Noreen Talaat from Virginia, Ms Amina Taj Khan, Sardar Zulfiqar Roshan Khan, Sardar Zubair Khan, Sahibzada Imtiaz Zafar, Sardar Sawar Khan, former advisor to the PaK Premier and many others.

The UN General Assembly is a perennial exercise for India and Pakistan to reiterate their official stands in New York. It witnesses influx of activists from both sides. However, Kashmir routinely witnesses a surge in violence, on LoC and the hinterland.

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