Kashmiri diaspora

US investment will remain at stake unless Kashmir dispute is addressed, warns Dr Fai

Chicago: Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai, Secretary General, World Kashmir Awareness Forum, has deplored “the unconcern of the United States administration towards the sufferings of the Kashmiri people by Indian occupation forces, terming it a most “discouraging factor”.

Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai said this while talking to the leadership of Americans of Azad Kashmir ancestry in Chicago.

The Biden Administration, he said, at first showed some concern, at least over the savagery of the Indian occupation in Kashmir. It was reflected in the ‘Country Report on Human Rights Practices’ issued by the United States, Department of State.

“However, after the visit of Narendra Modi, United States tilted completely towards India. It is quite understandable that the tilt was caused by the prospect of profitable American investments in that large country. As Americans, we appreciate the importance of expanding economic relations between the United States and India. But American investments in India will remain exposed to grave danger as long as the South Asian region remains a scene of continuing strife, with the specter of war always in the horizon and a nuclear exchange not an impossibility,” Dr Fai warned.

Javed Rathore, President of Amro Group USA, Mujeeb Qazi and Yasin Chohan were also present on the occasion.

Dr. Fai added that “even from a purely economic perspective, if not from concern over peace, genuine democracy and observance of human rights, the restoration of normalcy in South Asia deserves to be a policy goal for the world’s only superpower. The Kashmir dispute being the key cause of conflict, its marginalization can hardly serve long-term interests of the United States”.

Javed Rathore said, India and Pakistan are the parties to the dispute and the people of Jammu & Kashmir do recognize it. However, both India and Pakistan also need to realize that ultimately it is the people of Kashmir who are the primary and principal party. Government of Pakistan has the responsibility, Javed Rathore stressed, to provide diplomatic and political support to the hapless people of Kashmir.

Yasin Chohan said that my people have been languishing under the foreign occupation of India for the last more than seven decades. India has deprived the people of Kashmir the civil, cultural, religious, and economic rights, which are enshrined in the International Covenants, Universal Declaration of Human Rights. We have yet to realize the political rights despite being promised by the United Nations Security Council as early as 1948.

Mujeeb Qazi said that it is the responsibility and obligation of the Kashmiri global diaspora in general and Kashmiri Americans in particular, to become the real ambassadors of their compatriots.

Sardar Aftab, Sohail Mirza, Raja Razzak, Shabir Mir, Younus Mir and others also participated in the discussion.

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