Separatists, civil society pitch for justice to Fai

SRINAGAR, Dec 31, 2011: Rising openly in support of Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, the civil society representatives in Kashmir and the separatists today unanimously passed a resolution seeking justice to the US based executive director of the Kashmir-American Centre.

The resolution was passed at the seminar, ‘Democratic front of the freedom movement and Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai’, organized here by the Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF)with participation from advocates, academicians, doctors, columnists, journalists, political leaders and the members of the civil society.  The seminar was also to pay tributes to the slain Prof Abdul Ahad Wani .

“…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 State 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 Ghulam Nabi Fai’s involvement in the cause of freedom for his people,” read the resolution passed in the seminar. “Defective analysis of the consequences,” it read, “of the choice he made needs to be avoided to prevent miscarriage of justice….Expressing their full confidence in the judicial system of U S A, 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.”

It was the second resolution passed within a fortnight in favour of Dr Fai. 
Earlier on December 24, a resolution was passed by the assembly of civil society members, intellectuals, writers and political leaders at the seminar organized by the Hurriyat conference (G). In the resolution, the participants announced their complete support to Dr Fai.

The chairman JKLF, Mohammad Yasin Malik, however, said the prosecution of Dr Fai would lose America the “constituency” in Kashmir, and that leniency in the case was must for resolution of the Kashmir issue.

”By keeping him (Dr Fai) in jail, is not America losing its constituency in Kashmir? Is it not it creating anti-America sentiment in Kashmir?” Malik asked in his address at the seminar.

“..If Kashmir issue is to be resolved peacefully, the US must show leniency in Dr Fai’s case,” he said.

Malik urged that both India and America should acknowledge the role played by Dr Fai whom he described as the “peace maker.”

“I am not trying to point fingers at the judicial system of that country (US),” he said, “Perhaps there are certain unique norms in the US law and that may be why Dr Fai was arrested. But having said that, I want to clear it to both India and the US that he (Dr Fai) is a ‘peace maker’ who wants a political and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.”
The JKLF chairman cited instances where the lobbyist was involved by New Delhi in the peace process.

“I suggested Dr Fai’s name to the Indian government for bringing militants to the table. The suggestion was acknowledged by the then Indian prime minister who actually sent one of his cabinet ministers to meet Dr Fai in America,” he said and urged the society to rise in support of Dr Fai.

“…It was him who took Kashmir issues into the US parliament and the senate, and discussed it in Universities across that country. He took Kashmir issue to every US think tank. Today when he is in jail we shall think how to help him to get out of this trouble,” he urged.

Malik also paid rich tributes to Prof Abdul Ahad Wani on his 18thdeath anniversary.
‘Dr Fai was made scapegoat’.

The Hurriyat (M) senior leader and Chairman National Front, Nayeem Ahmad Khan, however, termed Dr Fai’s arrest a result of US-ISI tussle. Dr Fai, he said, was made a scapegoat in tussle between the Pakistan intelligence agency and US.

“The main thing is that the Dr Fai was made a scapegoat in the tussle between ISI and the US. It was the situation changed in 2000 that the US started creating problems for Dr Fai. Otherwise the technical issues were there in the past also, but Dr Fai was never arrested,” Khan pointed out.

Seconding the JKLF chairman, he said the 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 USA that Fai was a man of peace,” Khan said.

Advocate Zafar Shah praises Dr Fai Those pleading the case of Dr Fai included advocates also.

The noted lawyer, Advocate Zafar Shah, praised Dr Fai for confessing to his charges.
“To me the greatest moment was when he confessed to the charges leveled in him. I see Dr Fai as the son of the soil with the difference because here we have people yet to confess what they do. We are hypocrites, but Dr Fai as well as Prof Abdul Ahad Wani has been person of great integrity,” Shah said.

Dr Sheikh Showkat questions justification to prosecute Dr Sheikh Showkat, professor of law the University of Kashmir, questioned the America’s justification for prosecuting Dr Fai for she has never abided by the law. “Has the US always followed law? What law did US follow in Guantanamo?” he questioned.

“Dr Fai was a person who did not lose his integrity in US. He went to US and worked for his homeland,” Dr Showkat added and urged the society to follow his example.

“We must be true to our conscience and the same must reflect in our actions. If we do not do that we will be disconnected and separated, and we will become fossils. From these two persons (Dr Fai and Prof Wani) we must learn not to beg.” ‘Society must stand by him’

The high court bar association president, Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom, said the society must stand by Dr Fai. “We shall be thankful to those who speak in our favor. And, if Dr Fai has done anything we shall support him. We must acknowledge his support to the Kashmir cause irrespective of him being an agent or not.” ‘Contribution will go waste’.

Dr Sheikh Mohammad Iqbal, who was presiding over the function, said the contributions of Dr Fai, and people like him, would be nullified if the Kashmiri society continues to do what it has been doing.

“The contribution will be reduced to zero if we continue to do what we are doing,” he said, citing the example: “We are selling our land and buying cars.”

The others who spoke on the occasion included: Zahid Ghulam Muhammad, Dr Javid Iqbal and Riyaz Masroor.

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