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Monday, 15 September 2014 17:48

YOUTH HEROES IN KASHMIR FLOOD

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This flood was the first in history, in the living memory of Kashmir.  More than 450 people are dead, and more than $1bn in destruction has been estimated.  The actual magnitude of the total destruction, the number of dead and the people who are missing may not be known for some time. Kashmir Valley was cut off from the rest of the world for days.  Thousands of villages have been submerged, including the capitol city of Srinagar. Hundreds of thousands of people particularly in the rural areas still remain trapped without any outside help or rescue and relief. There has been a total breakdown in communication with no telephone contact of the people with their loved ones  Boats were not available.  People had to stand on their rooftops waiting for someone to rescue them.

Wednesday, 23 July 2014 20:00

Kashmir: Legal and Moral History

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These are my views on the principle of 'right of self-determination' and its applicability to the 67-year-old Kashmir conflict to be considered during the United Nations Working Group meeting that is taking place this week at its headquarters in New York. What I do hope to offer is an unstarry-eyed view of the fate of self-determination in Kashmir; and, the indispensability of convincing India that its national and economic security would be strengthened, not weakened, by ending its military occupation.

Washington, D.C. July 13, 2014. The Kashmiri Americans join the worldwide Kashmiri community to observe "Martyr's Day", in memory of 22 Kashmiris killed by Dogra troops on this day in 1931. The 'Martyrs Day' memorializes all those innocent victims, nearly 100,000, "who have been forcibly silenced by the occupation forces that erupted two and half decades ago," said Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General of the World Kashmir Awareness.

Fai expressed concern over the on going tragic situation in Kashmir because all available evidence testifies that human rights violations are systematic, deliberate, and officially sanctioned. India has given its forces powers to shoot to kill and the license to abuse the people in whatever ways they like in order to suppress the popular movement for basic human rights and self-determination.

He emphasized, 'India trembles at any attempt to resolve the Kashmir crisis because she is frightened by its outcome.' When a former Defense Minister, Krishna Menon, was questioned as to why India would never hold a free self-determination election in Kashmir, he confessed that all of India's political leaders knew it would lose. And would 700,000 soldiers be needed in Kashmir if the main opponents to India's occupation were but a handful of outside "extremists"? The question answers itself.

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai
Secretary General
World Kashmir Awareness

Washington, D.C.
July 10, 2014

On July 8, 2014, the Spokesman of Indian Ministry of External Affairs made a formal statement saying, "As far as we (India) are concerned the UNMOGIP (United Nations Military Observer Group in India & Pakistan) has outlived its relevance. This is a consistent stance that we have articulated on several occasions since the Shimla accord."

What is the legal ground of the spokesman's pronouncement? Christopher Hitchens has made it easy to understand when he said; ""Perhaps you notice how the denial is so often the preface to the justification." And George R.R. Martin confirms it by saying "Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it."

The spokesman has conveniently forgotten that India and Pakistan are signatories to various United Nations Security Council resolutions. These resolutions constitute an agreement because, unlike most resolutions of the Security Council, their provisions were first negotiated with the parties and, it was only after their written consent was obtained that they were adopted by the Security Council.

Washington, D.C. June 8, 2014. "The freedom struggle in Jammu & Kashmir has passed through its transformation from armed struggle to a non-violent mass movement. This non-violent, indigenous and peaceful struggle needs to be recognized and strengthened by the world powers." This was stated by Barrister Sultan Mahmood Choudhary, former Prime Minister of Azad Kashmir and Senior Leader of Pakistan Peoples Party – Azad Kashmir while addressing the press and community leaders in Springfield, Virginia.

Barrister added that the international community has maintained silence at the unending atrocities, which the people of Kashmir are facing on daily basis. The international community seems to forget about Kashmir in the midst of everything that happens in Afghanistan and Pakistan. The world powers should know that there would be no peace in Afghanistan until there is a solution of the Kashmir conflict. The road to peace in Afghanistan goes through Kashmir.

Barrister Sultan urged India to positively respond to Pakistan's sincere efforts and willingness for a peaceful settlement on all issues through composite dialogue, including the Kashmir dispute. He added that Kashmiris are the real sufferers and unless they are taken on board no such process can make any headway. He underlined it was imperative that self-determination be granted to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to maintain peace and stability in the region.

Wednesday, 21 May 2014 20:00

Essay competition on Kashmir conflict

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World Kashmir Awareness (WKA) -- a Kashmir advocacy group, based in the United States -- is sponsoring an essay contest on the subject of Kashmir. The contest is open to all individuals across the globe.
 
The contestants must focus on the following topic:
 
Do Kashmiris have a right to Self-Determination?
 
Essay Competition Rules & Guidelines:
Friday, 18 April 2014 19:59

Global Donors Forum, 2014

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Global Donors Forum, 2014

Gaylord National Convention Center, National Harbor, Maryland
April 13-16, 2014

International Conflicts & the Role of Media

Cihangir Isbilir
Coordinator, UNIW & International Rabaa Platform, Istanbul, Turkey


Mr. Chairman, Ladies and Gentlemen. I greet you all respectfully. I hope and pray for the success of the Global Donors Forum of 2014.

Syria: I was at the Turkey-Syrian border last week. I wanted to make an assessment of the life condition of the people in the region. Especially, I wanted to observe personally the situation of Turkmens and Armenians who have been the subject of the media recently. I was deeply moved during my visit to the area. The people there are asking: "How can this happen in today's World and that too in 2014?" Why the death of one hundred sixty thousand innocent people cannot shake the conscience of the humanity? Millions of people had to abandon their country because of the grim condition. The World powers have remained passive to this barbaric situation. They ask, why?

11th April, 2014:  Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai or "Dr. Fai" as he is known by many people across the world visited Northern California recently and addressed gatherings in the San Francisco Bay Area, Monterey and Sacramento. This writer was able to hear his address to a get together at the Kabob and Chutney Restaurant in California's Capital on Wednesday, March 26, 2014, an event jointly put together by the American Muslim Alliance (AMA) and The Pakistan-American Democratic Forum (PADF) whose leader Dr. Agha Saeed was very much present here. Dr. Fai was recently released early from a minimum security facility after being sentenced for activities related to the Kashmiri-American Council (KAC). The details of the case are widely available on the internet and will not be discussed here, but the organizers of his visit had introduced him both as "The Most Distinguished Kashmiri-American Thinker" and "The Recently Released Political Prisoner", a voice of an oppressed people.

Monterey, California. March 31, 2014. Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General of the ‘World Kashmir Awareness’ highlighted eight areas to create an atmosphere for communal harmony that will ultimately lead the people of Jammu & Kashmir to a meaningful and purposeful dialogue. He was speaking at a Kashmir event near Naval Lodge Monterey, organized by the American Muslim Alliance which is headed by Dr. Agha Saeed, an eminent political scientist

San Francisco. March 29, 2014. Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General of "World Kashmir Awareness" has announced a six point agenda to set a stage for the resolution of Kashmir issue. He was addressing a well represented seminar entitled "Kashmir: A reminder to the American policy makers," here at Fremont, California. The event was sponsored by the American Muslim Alliance and Pakistani American Democratic Forum which are headed by a well-known political scientist, Dr. Agha Saeed. Mr. Mike Gravel, former member of the U.S Senate, Mr. Naeem Baig, President of Islamic Circle of North America and Dr. Hatem Bazian - a prominent Arab American leader spoke on the event.

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