Kashmiri Pandit diaspora protests outside Pak Embassy in Washington – Defence News of India

Kashmiri Pandit diaspora protests outside Pak Embassy in Washington – Indian Defence Research Wing


he resounding voice of dissent against Pakistan and its atrocities against Kashmiris is getting louder by the day and the international community is taking note of the horrific human rights violations in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.

With the same objective in mind, the Global Kashmiri Pandit Diaspora (GKPD) and several other organisations on Thursday held a car protest rally outside the Pakistan Embassy in the United States to commemorate Pakistan’s invasion of Kashmir during the independence movement in 1947.

Scores of people chanted slogans asking Pakistan to vacate illegally-occupied land of Kashmir.

“Pakistan, vacate occupied Kashmir. Kashmir is an integrated part of India,” one poster said.

Another poster read: “The jihadist invasion of 1947 in Kashmir didn’t happen overnight, it was planned strategically by Pakistan.”

Rally organiser and GKPD coordinator for Washington DC, Dr Mohan Sapru, said that the demonstration was in protest of Pakistan’s policy of cross-border terrorism.

“While using masks and current practice of social distancing, the rally protesters have gathered to voice their anguish and strong condemnation of Pakistan’s 73-year long perpetual policy of cross-border terrorism and overt operations in Kashmir, which have especially targeted the minority communities i.e., Kashmiri Hindus, Sikhs, Christians and Buddhists,” he said, according to news agency ANI.

Sapru said that the cross-border aggression perpetrated by Pakistan-trained and sponsored terrorists – the Kabalis – against peaceful Kashmiris on 22 October 1947 marked the inception of the horrifying Kashmir problem.

“The brutality of cross-border Islamic terrorism has continued unabated and resulted in the genocide and forced exodus of indigenous Kashmiri Hindus during the dark period of 1989-1991. Whether heinous terrorist acts happen in Kashmir, or US or any other part of the world, at the end of the day, terrorism is a blot on the conscience of humanity and cannot be a legitimate means to settle disputes in a civilised world,” he stressed.

Furthermore, the hardships and agony of a few hundred Kashmiri Hindu families, who continue to reside in the Valley, continue to remain largely unaddressed, Sapru highlighted.