Free Yasin and Free Khurram

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Washington, DC: The World Kashmir Awareness Forum (WKAF), a Washington-based advocacy group, has rented digital ad trucks in Washington – demanding the release of Khurram Pervez, Yasin Malik and other political prisoners.

The trucks’ electronic screens carry messages such as: “Release Yasin Malik”; “Free Khurram Parvez”; “Khurram Parvez is not a terrorist. He is a human rights defender. Mary Lawlor, United Nations Special Rapporteur”; “Stop the Genocide in Kashmir”; “Yasin Malik pursues the path of non-violence. Ambassador Kuldip Nayyar”, “India – Release all Political Prisoners Unconditionally.

Dr. Ghulam N. Mir, Chairman of WKAF, has condemned the continued detention of Khurram Parvez, the coordinator of the Civil Society Coalition of Jammu and Kashmir by the Indian National Intelligence Agency (NIA). Dr Mir recalled that Khurram Parvez had been recognized as one of the 100 most influential people in the world by US-based Time Magazine in 2022. He called on the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights man to intervene to free Khurram Parvez and other members of Kashmir’s civil society. prison leaders across Indian prisons.

Dr. Mir also condemned the life imprisonment of Muhammad Yasin Malik, one of Kashmir’s most popular and respected political leaders, on fabricated charges without credible due process. We demand that the UN institutions use their authority to intervene and that the Modi regime quash the verdict and release Mr. Malik and allow him to rejoin his family and political supporters, Mir added.

Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General of the WKAF, said: “Our goal was to target policy makers in Washington as well as passers-by to let them know that crimes against humanity are being committed in the so-called greater democracy – India – and the Biden administration gives preferential treatment to India because of its attractive commercial market and business connections.

Fai added that Yasin Malik’s illegal arrest is yet another attack on free speech and freedom of speech. The continued illegal detention and life imprisonment by India’s Kangaroo Court of India’s most prominent leader – Yasin Malik – is a flagrant disregard of international law.

Fai totally approved of what Mushaal Mullick, Yasin Malik’s wife, said: “They can take his voice away, they can mute his microphone in front of the bench and they can shut his ears to argue between lawyers. But one thing they can never steal is the twinkle in his eyes and the smile on his lips.

Fai continued that for years the voice of Khurram Parvez has been crucial in shedding light on the human rights situation in Kashmir. Khurram’s documentation work was at the heart of the first-ever report published by the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights. The silence of human rights defenders, civil rights defenders, like Khurram Parvez is a travesty of justice. Time magazine mentioned that “this was not the first time Parvez had been forcibly silenced. The attacks on him speak volumes about the truth he represents at a time when the world’s largest democracy is being exposed for its persecution of India’s more than 200 million Muslims.

Dr Fai recalls Khurram Parvez saying at an international conference in New York on December 11, 2015: “You can’t understand human rights if you don’t understand the context. Human rights violations are taking place all over the world, in many places, including India,” he said. “But the difference is that it happens because of aberrations, failures in governance and because people break the law. What is happening in Kashmir is not an aberration, it is part of an institutionalized policy of the Indian government. We believe that there must be a process, now in Kashmir, to improve human rights violations on the model of special procedures. If it was done for Sri Lanka and Rwanda, why not for Kashmir?

Dr Imtiaz Khan of George Washington University said Kashmiris condemn the farce trial of their leader Yasin Malik in which India’s Kangaroo Court sentenced him to life imprisonment. He was not represented by a lawyer and his plea against fictitious charges was not heard by the judge. The ultimate goal of the fascist Indian government is to eliminate him in the infamous Tihar prison where he is incarcerated. The world recognizes that Yasin Malik’s struggle for freedom was peaceful and he always preached to his followers to adopt the path of non-violence. On several occasions, he was approached by the Indian government for negotiations which were followed by meetings with the highest echelons of the then administration, including the Prime Minister of India.

Dr Imtiaz added that six months ago the Indian government arrested world-renowned human rights activist, Khurram Parvez, who has received numerous awards for his tireless efforts to bring gross violations to light. human rights. False accusations against Khurram carry the death penalty. It is evident that the Indian government wants to drown out the voices of freedom in Kashmir and eliminate the voices raised against the unprecedented human rights abuses. We fervently call on these global bodies to approach India and pressure them to reverse these horrible decisions. The wrongful conviction of Yasin Malik and the incarceration of Khurram may push Kashmirians to the wall, which may have horrific consequences.

Javaid Kausar, the main master of ceremonies of the rally thanked the participants for coming from far away despite the hot weather and the possibility of a thunderstorm. He said it shows that we love our prophet Muhammad more than anyone. Javaid Kausar said on the one hand that we cannot ignore the Muslims and minorities of India and at the same time we cannot afford to ignore the crimes against humanity committed against civilians in Kashmir.

Javaid Kausar added that digital ad trucks have proven to be the powerful way to spread the message, as the brightly lit words on the screens attract the attention of people walking in the streets and those entering and exiting government buildings. and commercial.

Dr. Zahid Bukhari of the ICNA/Council on Social Justice urged participants to get involved in educating policy makers on the issues, whether local, religious or international. He said that Hindutva has become a problem not only for Muslims in India but also for other minorities including Christians and Dalits. Dr Bukhari said that Kashmir is crying out for international intervention and we can achieve this provided we realize our responsibilities.

Dr. Zafar Iqbal Noori, chairman of the International Peace Mission, said Muhammad brought the message of peace for all mankind. We need to educate fellow Americans about instances where Muhammad showed kindness not only to his fellow Muslims but also to the Jewish community of Medina. Dr Noori said that we stand with our leader, Yasin Malik and demand his unconditional release along with other political prisoners.

Sardar Zarif Khan, the organizer, called on the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to intervene in the cases of Yasin Malik, Khurram Parvez, Shabir Shah, Masarat Aalam, Aasia Andrabi and others.

Sardar Zarif asked: how many more need to be imprisoned in Kashmir for the world powers to open their eyes? Zarif explained that the digital truck’s route in Washington included: major embassies, including the Embassy of India; All federal buildings, including the Department of State; Capitol Hill; Library of Congress; The Washington Monument; The White House; various museums; Lincoln Memorial; Washington National Cathedral; the World Bank and the IMF, etc.

Saeed Khan said the nation of Kashmir is looking to the Diaspora and we should not let it down. The people of Kashmir have suffered a lot and they need our help, added Saeed Khan.

The WKAF also participated in a rally with the American Muslim Community in the Washington Metropolitan Area, outside the Indian Embassy in Washington, D.C. to register a peaceful protest against the blasphemous remarks by RSS-led Modi government officials. /BJP – Nupur Sharma and Naveen Kumar Jindal. – against the Prophet Muhammad (PSL). The participants also expressed their solidarity with the Muslims as well as with other minorities in India. Lately, there has been growing animosity and defamation of Islam in India and reported incidents of harassment of Muslim women as well as the banning of Muslim female students from wearing the hijab in the state of Karnataka. Those who spoke at the rally were: Allama Ijaz Naqashbandi, Moulana Sayed Zaka Qadri, Moulana Sayed Ghulam Muhammad Qadri, Dr Zafar Iqbal Noori, Javaid Kausar, Sardar Zarif Khan, Dr Zahid Bukhari, Professor Imtiaz Khan, Aisha Khan, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai and others.

Dr. Fai can be reached at: 1-202-607-6435. Or. gnfai2003@yahoo.com

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