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KOA USA and AIKS to send fact finding team to Kaunsar Nag PDF Print E-mail
Sunday, 17 August 2014 18:07

Whereas Kashmiri Overseas Association and All India Kashmir Samaj have noted that Omar Abdullah Chief Minister has admitted that he was misguided in his administration’s handling of the Kaunsar Nag yatra which has provoked Global outrage among the Kashmiri Pandits specifically and Hindus generally.

 

Whereas there has been no action taken against those officials and separatists who initiated, aided and abetted this latest curtailment of the religious rights of the Kashmiri Pandits and filled the Kashmir Valley with fear and uncertainty.

 

Whereas members of Omar Abdullah’s own party knowingly gave out false and misleading statements which have caused grievous injury to the Kashmiri Pandit community.

 

Whereas a leading member of the separatist group, Syed Ali Geelani, was allowed to propagate his specious environmental arguments which were not immediately refuted by the State administration and led to a breakdown in the historical trust with the resident community members who otherwise would have peacefully supported the yatris.

 

Whereas a Pakistani newspaper Dawn has published photographs which purport to show a temporary mosque being constructed at Kaunsar Nag on which the State has not issued any clarification

 

Whereas The State has continued to fail in its constitutional obligation towards Kashmiri Pandits following their religious cleansing in 1990

 

a. Preamble – “LIBERTY of thought, expression, belief, faith and' worship”.

b. Para 25 – “25. Duty of the State to foster equality and secularism: - “The State shall combat ignorance, superstition, fanaticism, communalism, racialism, cultural backwardness and shall seek to foster brotherhood and quality among all communities under the aegis of a Secular State.”

Recognizing the gravity of this new development , the KOA Board of Directors and Executive Team along with the Executive Team of All India Kashmiri Samaj has jointly resolved the following:

 

1) Condemns Jammu and Kashmir Government for siding with forces who are hostile to the continued existence of the Kashmiri Pandit civilization within the Valley.

2) Constitutes a task force of eminent religious scholars and others who will visit the Valley to conduct a fact finding mission on the state of religious freedom of the Kashmiri Pandits, state of temples and shrines and any and all impediments to our performing our yatras and other religious obligations as laid down in our texts.

3) Constitutes a group of official observers who will participate in the yatras and other yagnyas and  provide on the spot reporting of any harassment by zealots or non-cooperation by the State authorities.

4) Constitutes a team of legal experts to determine what avenues should be pursued if there is continuing religious persecution .

 

 
IAKF congratulates BJP and Mr. Narendra Modi on their historic win in Indian elections. PDF Print E-mail
Saturday, 17 May 2014 16:13

The Board of the Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF) held a meeting to discuss the outcome of the extraordinary Indian elections and its likely impact on US-India relations.

The Board noted with great satisfaction that the world’s largest democracy had provided its peoples – irrespective of their religion, linguistics, caste and creed – an opportunity to exercise their franchise equally, freely and openly. The result provided a landslide mandate for the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and a personal triumph for the party’s designated prime-ministerial candidate, Mr. Narendra Modi. With a clear majority in the Parliament, BJP will be able to implement much needed economic reforms to rejuvenate the economy and create jobs for youth, and also implement effective policies to curb corruption, improve quality of governance and strengthen national security, including regarding political matters dealing with the insurgency-infested State of Jammu and Kashmir.

The IAKF Board congratulates BJP and Mr. Modi as they embark on reshaping the future of the 1.2 billion people of India.

The IAKF Board is also thankful to the U.S. President and several members of the U.S. Congress who have congratulated Mr. Modi via phone. The President must take many steps to improve the relationship with India in general, and with Mr. Modi in particular. Even though Mr. Modi will now receive a visa under the “A Category” if he were to travel to the U.S., the President must issue an Executive Order to annul the prior decision of the U.S. State Department that blacklisted Mr. Modi under dubious and unsubstantiated charges brought up by vested civil society elements within the U.S. and India. The charges against Mr. Modi have not been substantiated even though the incumbent Indian Government conducted multiple criminal investigations against Mr. Modi. The Supreme Court of India has also exonerated him from any wrong doing. This proves that such unsubstantiated charges were politically motivated, and all decisions taken by the U.S. State Department based on unproven charges must be retroactively withdrawn as a demonstration of a strong relationship between the U.S. Government and the new Indian Government.

IAKF Board of Directors

 
ARMED MOB OF 20,000 MUSLIMS CELEBRATE EID BY ATTACKING HINDUS AND BURNING THEIR SHOPS IN KISHTWAD, JAMMU AND KASHMIR PDF Print E-mail
Friday, 09 August 2013 00:00

After today’s Eid Namaz an armed mob of 20,000 Muslims marched toward Hindus & attacked them. Many Hindus were severely injured & some are critical. While this was happening, a mob attacked & burnt shops & housed owned by Hindus. Serious arson, looting & murders went on for long since the morning Namaz. Until afternoon there was no help from the Govt. Then came police but of no use. Many Hindu youth are in hospitals with bullet injuries in arms & abdomen. In the afternoon, the government sent the army there but with no orders to shoot at sight on the killers. The mob went on a rampage and even looted army weapons.

In 1990 similar violent tactics were followed by the Kashmiri Separatists' killing and chasing away Hindus from Kashmir. Now they are doing the same on the border of Jammu in Kishtwad, Rajauri. It is the sole responsibility of the state & the Union Government to protect each Hindu in J&K.

 
IAKF condemns Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Xenophobic statements PDF Print E-mail
Wednesday, 04 July 2012 00:00

July 4th, 2012
Boston, Massachusetts
Source: Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF)
For Immediate Release:
 
IAKF condemns Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s Xenophobic statements
 
The Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF, www.iakf.org) strongly condemns Hurriyat (Geelani) leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s statements wherein he has shown his true colors as a xenophobic demagogue by setting conditions for Kashmiri Hindus’ return to their homeland Kashmir. In a recent statement made in the Kashmir valley, Syed Ali Shah Geelani has categorically opposed any plans to address security concerns of Kashmiri Pandits who wish to return to their homeland. Geelani’s contention that Kashmiri Hindus should not be provided safe zones exposes his secessionist and communal agenda that he has been promoting in the valley.

IAKF wishes to remind the world that Kashmiri Pandits are the only ones who will decide when, how and under what circumstances they will return to our homeland. They will not permit Pro-Pakistani surrogates like Syed Ali Shah Geelani to decide their fate or set conditions for their return to the homeland. The return of Kashmiri Pandits to the motherland is not possible without creating political and economic space for them, which has been long ignored by both the majority community in the valley as well as by the local state government of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).

IAKF condemns the J&K state government for failing to treat Kashmiri Pandits as equal state subjects with same degree of liberty, freedom and empowerment that is enjoyed by Kashmiri Muslims in the valley.

IAKF, furthermore, believes that misguided policies of the J&K and Central governments in Kashmir have led to deepening sectarian divide among Muslims and non-Muslims, and among various sects of Muslims in the valley. We call upon the State Government to implement recommendations of the National Commission for Minorities (NCM) to grant a minority status to Kashmiri Pandits in J&K, to pass the legislative bill for management and regulation of Pandit Shrines in the State assembly as promised by the government in 2008, and to induct Kashmiri Pandits in the State Cabinet of Ministers as had been a historical precedent in the past. Indeed, a lack of political and economic space for Kashmiri Pandits in the valley is not only inhibiting Pandits from returning to their homeland, it is also pushing remaining Pandits in Kashmir to leave the valley.

IAKF reiterates that no final solution of the Kashmir issue is possible without the inclusion of a key constituent like Kashmiri Pandits. This position is endorsed by the U.S. government, and we will continue to keep the U.S. Administration and the U.S. Congress apprised of the situation in Kashmir and especially the condition of valley based Pandits and those displaced by the violence and mayhem in Kashmir.

IAKF Board of Directors

Contact:
Lalit Koul
President
Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF)
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IAKF was established in 1991 to inform the world community of the oppression against Kashmiri Pandits that led to their forced exile from Kashmir due to the influx of fundamentalist Islamic terrorism. IAKF wishes to raise awareness of the human rights violations suffered by the Pandit community, many of whom are still living in makeshift 'refugee' camps in Jammu, India. The organization seeks the return of Kashmiri Pandits to the Kashmir valley with guaranteed security and freedom to exercise their religious faith and cultural way of life without fear or intrusion. IAKF provides reports to the U.S. Administration, U.S. Congress, and several of Washington D.C.’s policy think tanks. For more information, please visit www.iakf.org.

Last Updated on Monday, 09 July 2012 19:48
 
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