indica News Bureau-
Several Muslim rights activists representing various Islamic groups on Tuesday, Aug.6, held demonstrations in front of Indian Embassy in Washington DC and consulate in Chicago as well, to register their protests against the reorganization of the State of Jammu and Kashmir and abrogation of articles 370 and 35A from the Indian constitution on Aug.5.
Holding placards written “Kashmir in Pain, India in Shame”, “India: State of fear, not fair”, and joined by separatists’ Kashmiri leaders and members of the Pakistani American community, the protestors raised slogans against India and Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Accusing India of human rights violations of the people of Kashmir, the protestors sought the intervention of US President Donald Trump and the United Nations.
People of Kashmir, “deserve independence, deserve their rights and deserve justice,” said Nihad Awad, national executive director of Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) addressing around two dozen people at the Gandhi Statue in front of Indian Embassy in Washington DC.
“There is a humanitarian crisis brewing in the Kashmir valley. The State Department should urge the Indian government to immediately reinstate the protected status, lift the siege, and enter into peaceful negotiations to determine the future of the Indian-controlled state of Jammu and Kashmir,” said Awad.
CAIR is one of the largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organization in the US. The protest was organized by Chicago-based Sound Vision, which claims to be the pioneering Muslim media organization of North America. Members of other Muslim organizations including Islamic Leadership Institute of America, Burma Task Force which is working among Rohingya Muslims, and those representing Philistine groups also participated and in the demonstration.
Separatist Kashmiri leader Ghulam Nabi Fai, who has earlier served sentence in federal prison in the US on charges of lobbying on behalf of ISI, announced to hold a large protest rally against India in front of the Indian Embassy and the White House on Saturday, August 10.
In March 2012, Fai was sentenced to two years’ imprisonment by a US court for “conspiracy to defraud the US” by concealing the transfer of funding from Pakistan’s ISI for his illegal lobbying efforts on Kashmir. Standing in front of the Indian Embassy, Fai referred to the offer of mediation by President Donald Trump. India has rejected the offer.
A number of Pakistani Americans including office bearers of the US-chapter of the ruling Pakistan Tehrik-I-Insaaf (PTI) party raised abusive slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
One of them, who identified himself as Chand Dodhy, threatened that Pakistan will use nuclear weapons against India in the case of a war with India, even if it is a conventional war. According to some of the Pakistani Americans, Pak Prime Minister Imran Khan during his massive community address last month had praised and thanked Dodhy for his efforts in organizing the event at Capital One Arena in Washington DC.
“Definitely Pakistan will respond with that (nuclear weapons),” Dodhy said. Warned that Pakistan will not hesitate to use nuclear weapons, the PTI US official said that it now up to the international community to prevent the catastrophe to happen which will impact nearly two billion people in South Asia. “This is a wakeup call for the world,” he said.