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Kashmiri Hindus in Chicago Rally Supporting Right to Practice their Religion in Kashmir PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 23 August 2008 00:00

August 26th, 2008
Washington, D.C.
Source: Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF)
For Immediate Release:

Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF, rallied in Chicago, Illinois (USA) at India Day parade blaming Islamic extremists and terrorists for current turmoil in Jammu and Kashmir. Showing support of solidarity to Hindu pilgrims IAKF demanded that state government provide safe and clean facilities en route to the annual Amarnath pilgrimage in Kashmir, India. Dozens of Americans of Kashmiri origin including kids, adults and seniors demonstrated at the parade, affected greatly by the distressful news from the Indian state of Jammu & Kashmir (J&K) where Islamic separatists and fundamentalists have brought state administration to their knees. Demonstrators holding placards and banners expressed their solidarity with demands of the Shri Amarnath Sangarsh Samiti, the group based in J&K that has coalesced to advocate for the rights of the minority Hindu population of the state. The placards highlighted the ethnic cleansing of Hindus in the valley and the demand for the transfer of land.

Reacting to hardliner faction of Hurriyat Conference, Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s recent statements about Jammu and Kashmir being part of Pakistan, activists demanded that he be arrested for provoking masses against the Hindu minority in Kashmir valley. The situation in Kashmir valley is grave where Hindus are facing repeat of 1989 ethnic cleansing. Their numbers have been reduced from half million in 1989 to five thousand and is expected to reduce further due to current threatening, discrimination, demographic change inflicted by terrorists and Muslims of Kashmir. Reiterating their demand of safe return to Kashmir with dignity and respect volunteers and activists chanted slogans, Vande Matram, Bharat Mata Ki Jai, Kashmir Se KaniyaKumari Tak Bharat Aaek Hai, etc.

Volunteers handed out informative flyers to the local masses. IAKF expressed hope that the government of India will address the demands of Hindu pilgrims to Amarnath and cancel the land-allotment revocation order and restore the normalcy in the state of Jammu & Kashmir. IAKF also condemned role of certain Kashmiri separatist and pseudo-secularist politicians from the valley in engaging in false propaganda. IAKF reiterated that the agitation in Jammu province is a non-communal peoples’ movement led by the masses to reclaim their just rights.

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