Kashmiri Youth is Disenchanted With the Selectivity of the World Powers: Fai

Vienna, Austria. July 1, 2011. “Kashmiri Diaspora has a responsibility to educate and re-educate the world community about the ground realities in Kashmir; and the role the world powers could play in helping to resolve this long standing issue,” said Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Executive Director, kashmiri American Council/Kashmir Center on his visit to Vienna, Austria. He was talking at a reception given to him by the Vienna-based Kashmir Cultural Center, headed by a prominent Kashmiri businessman, Mr. Naeem Khan. Kashmir Cultural Center has been very effectively highlighting the plight of the people of Kashmir before the policy-making personalities and agencies of Austria for the last 20 years.

Fai said that the ground reality in Kashmir is that the draconian laws had been used by India for the last 22 years to suppress the people of Jammu and Kashmir and crush their will for the realization of the right to self-determination. Under the’ Jammu and Kashmir Disturbed Area Act’ the Indian forces were engaged in killing of innocent Kashmiris in pursuance of a policy of systematic repression.  Fai conveyed the sense of total insecurity prevalent in Kashmir, as a result of blatant violations of the International Humanitarian Law,

The recent peaceful processions in Kashmir have been so popular that at times the number of attendees exceeded 1 million. However, the youth in Kashmir is completely disenchanted with the insensitivity and selectivity shown by the member states of the United Nations towards Kashmir. The silence and inaction of the world powers have given total immunity to the occupation authority in Kashmir, Fai added.

The people of Kashmir demand that in order to reach a durable and lasting solution of the Kashmir problem, both India and Pakistan need to be persuaded to include the genuine leadership of the people of the state of Jammu and Kashmir in all future negotiations. The parameters of the peace process need to be defined and the peace process must be made time bound. The peace process and killings of innocent Kashmiris cannot go and should not go together, Fai reiterated.

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