Global Islamic Forums Show Solidarity with the People of Kashmir

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Indian security forces personnel stand guard next to concertina wire laid across a road in Srinagar during the security clampdown in Indian-controlled Kashmir. — Reuters

Waquar Hasan | Caravan Daily

NEW DELHI — International Islamic Federation of Student Organisation (IIFSO) and Council on American Islamic Relations (CAIR), among other global Islamic organisations, have come forward to show solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir after the Indian government unilaterally revoked the special status of the state and imposed an unprecedented clampdown on the state.

In a press statement issued on Friday, the IIFSO called the Indian government’s action “provocative” and “Careless” and urged the international community to do more for the people of Kashmir.

“We urge the international community to do more to tackle the injustice faced by the people of Kashmir. IIFSO remains committed to the cause of Kashmiri people,” said Enes Yalman, Secretary-General of IIFSO.

Yalman expressed grave concerns over the “unrest” and “instability” prevailing in Kashmir after the revocation of Article 370 and 35A which vests special status on the state without consulting the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He was also worried about the huge military presence, curfew and communication blackout in the state.

US-based civil rights group CAIR urged the people of America to demand lifting of the siege on millions of people in the Valley.

“There is a humanitarian crisis brewing in the Kashmir Valley. The State Department should urge the Indian Government to immediately reinstate the protected status, lift the siege, and enter into peaceful negotiations to determine the future of the India-controlled state of Jammu and Kashmir,” said CAIR Executive Director Nihad Awad.

CAIR is America’s largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organisation. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

Awad’s organisation had held a protest demonstration in front of the Indian embassy in Washington DC on Tuesday.

Elaborating on the undemocratic way the Indian Government revoked the special status, he pointed out, “On August 2, tourists and pilgrims were evacuated from Kashmir and schools were shut down, internet services were cut off, telephone and cell phone services suspended, prominent democratically elected leaders placed under house arrest, and an indefinite curfew was clamped on the Kashmir valley on August 4. On August 5, Kashmir’s autonomy was destroyed, and by now more than 35,000 additional troops have been deployed.”

The statement of these Islamic bodies came after Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) termed the Narendra Modi government’s move “illegal”.

The OIC Secretary-General, Dr. Yousef bin Ahmed Al-Othaimeen, on Tuesday, reaffirmed the OIC’s full support to the people of Jammu and Kashmir in their struggle to achieve their legitimate rights, in particular, the right to self-determination.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also expressed concerns over the Kashmir situation and urged India and Pakistan to exercise maximum restraint.

 

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