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IAKF Statement on Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's Visit to the U.S. PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 24 November 2009 00:00

Washington, D.C.
Source: Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF)
For Immediate Release: Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF) welcomes Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh to Washington on this historic date signaling a bright future between the U.S. and India.

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Kashmiri Pandit Sangarsh Samiti (KPSS) Letter on Temple Encroachment PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 16 November 2009 00:00

KASHMIRI PANDIT SANGARSH SAMITI, Sathu Barbar Shah, Srinagar Kashmir. "It is not the right time for return of Migrant Kashmiri Pandits. But it is a ripe time for the left out Kashmiri Pandits living in the Valley to choose migration with dignity."

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IAKF Commends U.S. Senator Brown for Pleading Kashmiri Pandit Cause with Secretary Hillary Clinton PDF Print E-mail
Tuesday, 06 October 2009 00:00

Boston, Massachusetts
Source: Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF)
For Immediate Release:

Indo-American Kashmir Forum (www.iakf.org) commends US Senator Sherrod Brown from Ohio for taking up the Kashmiri Pandit cause with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. IAKF welcomes and supports Senator Brown’s contention that Kashmiri Pandit culture is at the verge of extinction and can prosper only in its native land of Kashmir valley. It should be recalled that it was at then Congressman Brown's insistence that the plight of Kashmiri Pandits was included in the annual U.S. State Deaprtment's Human Rights report.
 
IAKF wishes to remind the Government of India and Secretary of State Madame Hillary Clinton that the plight of Kashmiri Pandits, who were forced to flee from Kashmir during the armed insurgency two decades back, remains unchanged with no economic, religious, social and political rights in their native land of Kashmir. It is an unfortunate fact that there has been no concerted effort by the Central Government in New Delhi to develop a specific policy or plan regarding the return of Kashmiri Pandits or engage them in any serious dialogue to ensure their timely return to the homeland. After all Kashmiri Pandits did not leave their homes and hearths on their own accord, but were subjected to ethnic cleansing.
 
IAKF believes that the Government of India needs to go beyond the promises of token employment and housing subsidies and instead implement policies that create an environment where Kashmiri Pandits can live and breathe as free citizens of the nation and practice their fundamental rights like other Indians in the country.
 
IAKF requests the Madam Secretary, to discuss this important issue with India’s Honorable Prime Minister Dr. Manmohan Singh during his upcoming state visit and impress upon him the need to commit to protect Kashmiri Pandits’ fundamental rights of economic, social, religious and political freedom in their homeland Kashmir. Preservation and protection of these rights alone will guarantee the preservation of Kashmiri Pandit culture and community.
 
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Last Updated on Thursday, 09 September 2010 04:11
 
Indo-American Kashmir Forum pays homage to Kashmiri Pandit Martyrs on the Balidan Divas PDF Print E-mail
Monday, 14 September 2009 00:00

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

Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF, www.iakf.org) paid homage to Kashmiri Pandit martyrs on the occasion of Balidan Divas. This is the day of somber remembrance for the Kashmiri Pandit minority; a day of infamy when Pakistani trained Islamic Jehadis began a period of ethnic cleansing in Kashmir with systematic killing of community leaders and prominent citizens that began on September 14, 1989. Over 350,000 members of the community were made refugees in their own country, and even today -- two decades later -- the situation remains unchanged.
 
Indo-American Kashmir Forum (IAKF) salutes Kashmiri Pandit martyrs who lost their precious lives simply because they belonged to a different religion than Jihadis, and reaffirms its commitment to seek justice for the internally displaced community. IAKF urges all Kashmiri Pandit organizations to unite and fight the menace of global terrorism unitedly.
 
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