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Friday, October 20, 2017

Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai

I want to tell you a little story that touched my life in a very personal way in 1979. It is important to consider, I assure you, because of its historic significance, not only in having an impact in a very real way upon my own survival and the personal vision I came to adopt for the rest of my life, but how it came to shape the very destiny of Kashmir itself. My own life became inextricably linked just as intimately as a man and woman united in marriage. Each detail of this story is integral to understanding who I was then, who I am now, and the process that formed my calling and the rest of my life.
 
I was in my late 20s then with a driving zeal, as is in every young man's heart in Kashmir, to make a significant impact somewhere and somehow on life's stage. At this particular time, I had been placed in charge of the international section of a major conference being held in the Capitol of Kashmir, Srinagar. I was inspired to invite a speaker of an international stature whose presence could be used to energize and internationalize the issue of Kashmir on the right of self-determination.
Friday, 29 November 2013 15:19

Thank you

November 29, 2013

 
Dear all,
 
I am thankful to Allah (s.w.t.) for an early release from the Federal Prison Camp in Cumberland, Maryland. Upon receiving the order from Judge O’Grady, the prison authorities gave me just 10 minutes to pack my belongings and to leave from the premises of the Federal Prison Camp. I am pleased to be home with my family and friends since Friday, November 22, 2013.
 
At the beginning, the notion of imprisonment weighed very heavily on my conscience. I was mindful that some of my friends wanted to know the conditions I was living in. The conditions at the Camp in Cumberland were propitious and the avenues available were favorable to all the inmates.

The Kashmiri leaders on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) welcomed the US court order for the release of Kashmiri lobbyist and Executive Director of the US-based Kashmir American Council (KAC) Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai.

“This is the victory of justice and every Kashmiri hails the decision of American court,” said Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir Chaudhry Abdul Majeed while talking to The Express Tribune.

Dr Fai is the ambassador of Kashmiris right to self-determination who has sacrificed a lot for the promotion of Kashmir cause, he said.

The Federal Court Eastern Virginia in its release orders issued Friday said Dr Fai exhibited good morals during his imprisonment and he has been working for the cause of Kashmiri nation.

Saturday, 19 January 2013 11:27

Letter To The editor

January 16, 2013
 
Letters to the Editor
The Washington Post
1150 - 15th Street, N.W,.
Washington, DC 20071.
 
Dear Editor:
 
The article, "India says Pakistan troops killed 2 of its soldiers in Kashmir," the Washington Post, dated January 9, 2013, states the obvious when it says, "The peace process, however, has produced almost no dramatic advances towards resolving the main disputes between the two Countries."
 
However, the article needs to be supplemented by Kashmiri American perspective. It is a fact that India and Pakistan by themselves have not been able to resolve their disputes, including the issue of Kashmir. They have tried over the decades but failed. It needs the deeper engagement of the United States with both these neighboring countries.
 
Secondly, it is symptomatic of the United States approach that greater emphasis is placed on the 'reduction of tensions' than on the settlement of the core issue, i.e. Kashmir. This gives importance to superficial moves and temporary solutions even though it is known that such moves and solutions do not soften the animosities of the parties as proven by the latest incident, not ally the life and death concern and anxieties of the people most directly affected.
 
I believe that the United States can and should, lead the effort to achieve a fair and lasting settlement of the dispute, fair to the people most immediately involved and fair to its own commitments to democracy and human rights. By doing so, the United States can strengthen the principles of a just world order. It will also earn the gratitude of generations in Kashmir, in Pakistan and in India.
 
The United States should, however, realize that no settlement of Kashmir will hold unless it is explicitly based on the principle of self-determination and erases the so-called 'Line of Control' which is in fact the 'Line of Conflict'. 
 
It is important to note that the most driving passion of the people of Kashmir today is the passion of Azaadi (Freedom), a passion which has become the very bread and butter of their lives. The word Azaadi is more common on the lips of Kashmiri youth than the word droid is on American college campuses today.
 
Yours sincerely,
 
Dr. Syed Ghulamnabi Fai
78764-083
FCI - Cumberland
Federal Prison Camp
P. O. Box 1000
Cumberland, Maryland - 21051, USA
Washington, D.C. December 10, 2012. "The fundamental human rights are universal. That is the tacit assumption of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR) which needs to be applauded. Even if all of its lofty provisions safeguarding fundamental human freedoms and liberties remain dishonored in many parts of the globe, it stands as a moral reproach to wrong doing nations that may facilitate reform," said Dr. Syed Ghulam Nabi Fai from Cumber Prison Camp in Maryland, USA.

Cumberland, Maryland. October 27, 2012. "The international community must intervene on humanitarian grounds to ease the suffering of the innocent and unarmed Kashmiri population. The suffering and abuses are so pervasive as to extend beyond those directly affected. The pattern of abuses reaches every man, woman and child in the Valley of Kashmir. The people live under the constant threat of the abuses. The prevalence of military personnel and bunkers serve as a constant reminder to Kashmiris of the potential for them to fall victim to such a horrible occurrences," this was stated by Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai from Cumberland Prison Camp in Maryland, USA. Fai warned that India may be the largest democracy but its policies in Kashmir has been uniformly brutal and deceitful.

September 24, 2012
 
Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai has expressed his gratitude to all those friends and well-wishers who kept him in their thought and prayers. 
Saturday, 14 July 2012 12:31

Message from Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai

Dear all,

Words cannot express the feelings of the absence of my friends and family who have given me their love and sympathy during the past so many years. They have kept me in their prayers during these tough times. I am hopeful that their warmth and generosity will continue in days to come.

Monday, 09 July 2012 12:39

Be Back Soon

Be Back Soon

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai

Washington, D.C.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Saying goodbye is sometimes easy but sometimes a very difficult thing to do, particularly when I am saying goodbye, though temporarily, to freedom and to a mission that I have given my life to. But the real goodbye is not the words that I have formed in my head because there are none that express how I really feel. The goodbye is in a slowly swelling sense of absence of all the people and places and efforts I have put my heart into that has become like a flower near a pond that may dry up for lack of rain. Its sustenance is going away. The absence is the letting go of all the things that I embrace. How does one let go of love? How does one let go of one's heart, one's very life? A life is not merely held within one's blood circulating in the body or in the breath that one takes. It is so much more in all the people that I have lived for and my beloved country of origin, Kashmir – the paradise on earth.

Washington, D.C. July 8, 2012. "No human rights are self-executing. Thus, everyone who participates in raising the issues of civil and political rights does yeoman's service on behalf of the oppressed. What is even more impressive is the willingness to invite risks to life, liberty, and property by those who would speak in the name of civil and political rights against autocratic or cruel regimes. How many unknown champions lie unremembered and unheralded in graves?" said Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai on the eve of the 105th session of the United Nations, Human Rights Committee which will be meeting in Geneva between July 9 – 27, 2012. The Human Rights Committee is the body of internationally known 18 independent experts who are elected for a term of four years. Currently, Dr. Zonke Zanele Majodina of South Africa is the Chairman of the Committee. The Committee monitors implementation of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights all over the world.

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