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”

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Movement needs diplomatic front: Yasin Malik :: Speakers Hail Dr Fai As Ambassador Of Kashmir

Speakers Hail Dr Fai As Ambassador Of Kashmir :: UMER MAQBOOL

Srinagar, Dec 31, 2011: Hailing the contribution of Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai and Prof. Abdul Ahad Wani in the ongoing struggle, Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front Chairman Muhammad Yasin Malik Saturday said resistance movement needs a powerful diplomatic front for success.

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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.”

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‘Fai was never accused being a Pakistani spy’: KAC

This letter was published in ‘Kashmir Times’ on December 25, 2011

Dear Editor,

I had the honor of speaking on behalf of the Kashmiri American Council at a seminar organized by Tehreek-E-Hurriyat on December 24, 2011. I addressed the gathering from America by phone. In reading your article reporting on my speech, I notice that I have been grievously misquoted. Your paper has reported "The KAC came under scanner after the American agency FBI found Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, who was heading it, involved in spying for Pakistan intelligence agency ISI. He was also accused of trying to influence American policy on Kashmir. Dr Fai later pleaded guilty on federal charges of spying for ISI." This is totally inaccurate.

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KAC Statement on Dr. Fai's Plea

The Kashmiri American Council's Board of Directors today confirmed their understanding of Executive Director Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai's plea agreement with the United States Government over charges stemming from his July 19, 2011 arrest. Initially charged with being an unregistered agent of a foreign government and having violated the Foreign Agents Registration Act (FARA), the Board welcomed the Government's decision to voluntarily withdraw the FARA allegation. While the Board remained disturbed over the balance of the charges, it expressed its full support for the process and system through which the agreement was made. The Board confirmed it's long held position, buttressed by the U.S. Government's withdrawal of the FARA allegation, that the KAC has always been, and remains, an organization created by Kashmiris, for Kashmiris, designed and dedicated to supporting Jammu and Kashmir's right to self determination as enshrined in multiple United Nations resolutions.

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Why Kashmir is Important to Me?

(The statement was issued at the Alexandria Court House, Virginia)

The Kashmir issue is simply this: the people of a large territory which is not part of any existing sovereign state were assured by the entire international community represented by the United States that they would be enabled to decide their future by a free vote. Until now, this assurance has not been honored.

I, as an American of Kashmiri origin am profoundly grateful to the Administration for upholding the position of principle which the United States has sustained throughout the existence of the contentious issue relating to the status of Kashmir. When the Kashmir dispute erupted in 1947-1948, the United States championed the stand that the future status of Kashmir must be determined by the will of the people of the territory and that their wishes must be ascertained through an impartial plebiscite under the supervision and control of the United Nations. The U.S. was a principle sponsor of the resolution # 47 which was adopted by the Security Council on April 21, 1948 and which was based on that unchallenged principle. It was also upheld equally by both India and Pakistan when the Kashmir dispute was brought before the Security Council in 1948. The commitment of the U.S. was indicated by a personal appeal made by President Harry Truman that differences over demilitarization be submitted to arbitration by the Plebiscite Administrator, a distinguished American war hero: Admiral Chester Nimitz.

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Washington, D.C. :  November 14, 2011

Mr. Chairman, Fellow Panelists: First of all, I wish to express my deep appreciation to the conveners of this Forum for selecting its theme and inviting me to speak on it.  Though diverse conferences are being held with diverse orientations and from diverse motives on the subject we are dealing with, I still regard it a great misfortune for the country and people known as Kashmir that they should still be so little understood, their plight heard about with apathy and their story easily forgotten or subsumed under other topics. Ruled as the world is by certain dominant elements and the policies and postures issuing from their entanglements, it is hard to keep international attention focused on a people and their situation in the light, not of power strategies but of undying principles of peace and justice, the principles that were enshrined in the United Nations Charter. In the present case, a people were first turned into a dispute and then the dispute was consigned to oblivion.Why do I say that Kashmir is so little understood?   Well, it is painful to notice that many commentators on the subject, some with good intentions, do not know, or do not care to bear in mind, the vital distinction between “Kashmir” and the “State of Jammu and Kashmir”.


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