Go lenient on Fai or lose a peacemaker: Malik to US :: JKLF seminar hails KAC Director’s role for K-resolution

JKLF seminar hails KAC Director’s role for K-resolution :: Ishfaq Ahmad Shah

Srinagar, Dec 31, 2011: If Kashmir issue is to be resolved peacefully, United States must show leniency in the case of Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, said Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front chief, Muhammad Yasin Malik here Saturday.

Addressing a seminar “Diplomatic Front of Kashmir Struggle and Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai” organized by JKLF, Malik said US will lose its “constituency” in Kashmir and create “anti-America sentiment”

in the valley if it continues to detain the Kashmir American Council (KAC) director.

Terming him as a peace maker, JKLF chief said Fai provided a strong diplomatic front for “Kashmiri resistance” and that US and India should acknowledge his role for a peaceful political resolution of Kashmir.

“I am not pointing fingers at the US judicial system. There may be certain things which violated US law, that is why Dr. Fia was arrested. But having said so I want to clear it to both India and the US that Fai is a peace maker who wants a political and peaceful resolution of Kashmir. Both these countries should acknowledge this role,” he said.
“By keeping him in jail, isn’t America losing its constituency in Kashmir? Isn’t it creating anti-America sentiment in Kashmir unnecessarily?”
Malik said during the peace process in 2004, he suggested the name of Fai to Prime Minister.

“I told the Indian government and the US that if they want to bring militants on table, then Dr Fai’s involvement was must. It was acknowledged by the Indian PM and a cabinet minister met Dr Fai in America after that. He is a supporter of moderate political and peaceful solution to Kashmir issue and strongly denounced extremism.”
Acknowledging the role played by Fai for Kashmir resolution, Malik said, “Whenever any leader or any intellectual visited US, it was Fai who arranged meetings and provided hospitality. A powerful resistance will not go forward until it has a powerful diplomatic front.”

“Dr Fai played the diplomatic role effectively. He was a civilized man, a good human being. It was Fai who took Kashmir issue to US parliament, the senate and discussed it in universities across US. He took Kashmir issue to every US think-tank centre. Today when he is in jail we should think how to help him get out of this trouble.”
If Kashmir issue is to be resolved peacefully, he said, the US must show leniency in Fai’s case.

Malik also paid tributes to Prof Abdul Ahad Wani on his 18th death anniversary.
Speaking on the occasion, senior Hurriyat (M) leader and National Front chairman, Nayeem Ahmad Khan also acknowledged the role of Fai, saying that the tussle between US and the ISI landed him in trouble.
“Before 2000, US had no issues with Dr Fai but afterwards the world scenario changed. The main thing is that Dr Fai was made a scapegoat in the tussle between ISI and US. It was after this the US came up with technical hitches to create problems for Dr Fai. Otherwise the technical issues were there in the past also but Fai was never arrested.”

Seconding the JKLF chief, Khan said US would lose its “constituency” in Kashmir and across the world if it continues to “persecute” Dr Fai. “We should pass a resolution and send it to US that Fai was a man of peace.”

On the occasion, a resolution was passed which said that an assembly of Kashmiri political formations, jurists, intellectuals, public thinkers, doctors, historians, scholars and civil society was organized by JKLF to deliberate upon Fai’s role on the diplomatic front of Kashmiri freedom struggle.


“The assembly while taking cognizance of, and noting appreciation of his diplomatic efforts, urges Government of United States, the International community and freedom lovers around the world to recognize the role of Dr G.N. Fai as a moderating influence in seeking  a solution to the unique problem of Jammu and Kashmir; his unconditional and unreserved efforts as the son of the soil in bringing together all stake holders, persons of different shades of-opinion Governmental and Non-Governmental representatives together on the negotiating table to evolve a peaceful solution through process of dialogue, constitutes an important basis in judging his involvement in the cause of freedom for his people.”

The resolution further reads that the defective analysis of the consequences of the choice he (Fai) made needs to be avoided to prevent miscarriage of justice.
Expressing their full confidence in the judicial system of US, the assembly believes and trusts, that justice will not only be done but seen to be done to Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai in the days to come and on the awaited occasion.
Among those who spoke on the occasion included: chairman Itehad-ul-Muslimeen, Moulana Abass Hussain Ansari, Bar president, Mian Abdul Qayoom, Advocate Zafar Shah, Kashmir University law professor, Dr Shiekh Showkat, senior journalist Riyaz Masroor, columnist, Z G Mohammad, noted poet Prof Rehman Rahi, columnist Dr Javiad Iqbal, Dr Altaf Ahmad, Abdul Majeed Zargar, Dr Zafar Mehdi and Kumar Wanchoo.
Noted educationist and historian, Dr Mohammed Iqbal presided over the seminar.
Senior JKLF leader, Showket Ahmad Bakshi read out a letter from Amanullah Khan, JKLF supremo in Pakistan.

Kashmir American Council spokesman, Advocate Sareer Fazili addressed the seminar over phone from Washington. While thanking Kashmiri leadership for showing solidarity for Dr Fai, he hailed KAC Director for his active role in pursuing Kashmir issue in the international arena.

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