WKDA Statement on Hanging of Afzal Guru

World Kashmir Diaspora Alliance in a statement issued for press has stated that Farooq Papa, who heads the Kashmiri Diaspora has termed the hanging of Afzal Guru in Tihar Jail by Indian authorities as politically motivated and ethically corrupted decision rather than due process of essence of law and human dignity. This is a replication of India’s malicious attitude towards Kashmiri people which is reflected time and time again.

Afzal Guru’s execution is based on the vengeance of recently Indian beheaded soldier’s death on LOC and bears the same hallmark that of execution of Maqbool Bhat in 1984 which was carried out in a similar fashion as a result of vengeance of its diplomat’s death in London.

Justice system in democracies must not function on whims of vengeance and cheap politics of vote banks when human right and human dignity is at stake; said Farooq Papa.

The resolve of people of Kashmir to achieve their freedom is not so weak that it will break by terrifying the people through imposition of horror and shock as has fallen today on people of Kashmir, Farooq Papa added.

WKDA Message on Eve of Eid-ul-Fitr

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August 19, 2012 . The Chairman of World Kashmir Diaspora Alliance, Farooq Papa felicitated the people of Kashmir on Eid.On the eve of Eid in a message he said that World Kashmir Diaspora Alliance will continue to create awareness about the responsibilities of the civil societies around the world in order to influence the policies of Indian  political, religious, civil, economic or academic directly or indirectly related to Kashmir. It will unrelentingly pursue Indian policy makers to realize that the nations can not be kept under occupation with physical force for long. It will pursue with world community to make India answerable  for the  state policy where abuse of human rights of Kashmiri people continues with impunity.

The Alliance will continue to  promote favorable public policy amongst, political parties in western and Islamic countries, human rights groups, international organizations and intelligentsia who aid in reshaping the public policy  of their respective governments.

Farooq papa said that World Kashmir Diaspora Alliance will work towards inviting Pro Kashmiri separatist and  Kashmiri speaking main stream leadershipincluding chairman of Jihad Council and Huriet Conference living in exile in Islamabad  for in depth Pro Kashmiri Conference in Niagara Falls, subject to Canadian Governments approval in the coming year. We will offer our  assistance to India, Pakistan and the world community through sharing of ideas and meetings in order to reach an amicable, dignified and peaceful solution for the people of Kashmir and to the Kashmir conflict.

Govt-backed gunmen killed 4 foreign tourists in 1995: Book

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‘A renegade had bought Western hostages from Al Faran and held them for months before shooting them’

New Delhi, April 3: A new book written by foreign investigative journalists Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark has claimed that four foreign tourists abducted from Pahalgam in South Kashmir in 1995 were killed by a group of militants sponsored by Indian army.

A group of American and European tourists in Kashmir had been abducted by Al Faran in July 1995. Americans Don Hutchings and John Childs, Britons Keith Mangan and Paul Wells, German Dirk Hasert and Norwegian Hans Christian Ostro were abducted by Al Faran, an offshoot of the now defunct Harkat-ul-Mujahideen.

Of the six, John Childs escaped from the clutches of his abductors and managed to be rescued. Ostro was beheaded and his body was found later in August. However, no details about the fate of the rest were available and it is assumed that they were reportedly shot dead. No evidence to dispute or confirm the claim has ever been found.

According to Delhi-based newspaper Asian Age, investigative journalists Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark, who have written their new book, “The Meadow: Kashmir 1995 — Where the Terror Began,” about the abduction, claim that the four Westerners were murdered by a group of Kashmiri militants who worked for the Indian Army.

The Western tourists had been abducted by Al Faran to force the Indian government to free 21 prisoners including Masood Azhar and Omar Sheikh, who were freed by the Indian government after the hijack of an Indian Airlines plane from Kathmandu in 1999.

After the murder of Ostro, Al Faran was ready to strike a monetary deal to free the hostages and might have been released for as little as £250,000. However, the authors claim that the deal was deliberately sabotaged.

“It appeared that there were some in the Indian establishment who did not want this never-ending bad news story of Pakistani cruelty and Kashmiri inhumanity to end, even when the perpetrators themselves were finished.”

The book claims that a pro-government renegade, Alpha, or Azad Nabi, alias Ghulam Nabi Mir, who used to be based in Shalipora near Anantnag in Kashmir, had “bought” the four Western hostages from Al Faran and held them for months before shooting them.

Quoting the Kashmir police’s crime branch squad, the two authors write that the investigators had been convinced that the Indian-controlled renegades had the control of four Westerners after Al Faran dropped them.

“The squad reported some of its thoughts to its seniors, using these kinds of words, ‘Sikander’s men handed over Paul, Dirk, Keith and Don to Alpha’s renegades in the third of fourth week of November, around the time when the final sightings dried up. Sikander has given up. Al Faran is finished. Embarrassingly, India controls the renegades.’”

The book also quotes a crime branch source, who worked alongside the police’s Special Task Force in Kashmir and had been a scout for the Rashtriya Rifles about the fate of the four Westerners.
The hostages were brought to the isolated twin villages of Mati Gawran, near the Mardan Top Pass, and about five-hour drive from Anantnag, the source is quoted as saying. “The foreigners were hustled into a house by some STF boys and renegades. We gathered up the hostages and walked them out into the snow. There was only one end waiting for them, and we all knew it. No one could risk the hostages being released and complaining of collusion, having seen uniforms and STF jeeps, possibly hearing things too that they understood.”

The four hostages were shot dead and buried in the frozen ground near a grove of trees behind the lower village on December 24, 1995, according to the source.
“We led them into the trees, a good, hard walk behind the lower village. I remember that the snow was heavy and deep. And there they were shot. I did not do it, but I saw it with my own eyes. Afterwards, village men were forced at gunpoint to dig a hole down through the frozen earth in which to bury the bodies.”

Quoting a crime branch detective, the book claims that the Indian government had not wanted the hostage crisis to end.

“For Alpha, who had become unimpeachable, and a few rouge officers in the STF who by now were behaving like gangsters, and for a hardline clique of agents in Indian intelligence and the Army, all of whom had come to operate outside the norms and with absolutely no oversight, there had been no virtue in ending the hostage-taking at all,” the anonymous officer is quoted as saying by the two authors.

“This was the harshest version of the Game that anyone could imagine. All the time New Delhi said, it was trying to crack Al Faran, a group within the intelligence and the STF was letting them dangle, happy to let the militants portray themselves as savage criminals.”

WKDA Chairman, Farooq Siddiqi Interview on RawalTV

“Kashmir was and will remain a Muslim state with pundit minority living in peace within the state of Kashmir. India and Pakistan have not reached to a level of maturity, their policies are driven by internal political expediencies and compulsions. Leave us alone to progress, as other nations do till you become mature enough states to resolve Kashmir.”

– Farooq Papa, Chairman WKDA tells India and Pakistan in an interview on January 26th, 2012 in a talkshow, “Bila Takaluf” in Toronto Canada

Habib Yousafzai, Spokesperson WKDA

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The Garb of Democracy Must Not be Taken as a Shield of Impunity

30th October 2011: World Kashmir Diaspora Alliance (WKDA) held a protest rally on Bloor Street in front of the Indian Consulate in Toronto, Canada. The protesters demanded a comprehensive investigation into the issue of mass graves that have been found in Kashmir in a similar manner that were held in Shibrinetza by the international community. Farooq Papa, who heads the World Kashmir Diaspora Alliance, an organization that is actively propagating the Kashmir issue globally on diplomatic front, said that it is appalling to observe that the findings of these graves have not raised any eyebrows in the power echelons of the United Nations and western countries, who do not waste any time when such atrocities are being committed in areas and territories where western governments have vested interests in raising the issue of human rights.

Condemnation and bringing the perpetrators of crimes against humanity to justice must not be country-specific. The garb of democracy must not be taken as a shield of impunity by countries who run democratically. The international court of justice should not be used only for authoritative regimes, the international court of justice must also oversee that democratic countries’ functionality, vis-a-vis the universal human right adherence and obligation under international law. Towing of such policies that belie the values of declaration of human rights and fundamental rights adopted 63 years ago by the United Nations is going to create discord rather than beneficial understanding.

Habib YousafZai, the spokesman for WKDA, later talking to local media in Toronto emphasized that for Canada, human rights is an important part of foreign policy and its relations with other countries. We can not be mere spectators to the abuses that are being committed on Kashmiris. He said that the WKDA will write to the Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper to take up the issue of mass graves in Kashmir in the forthcoming G20 meeting in November 2011, and allow foreign forensic experts to investigate these crimes against humanity.

Habib YousafZai, Spokesman WKDA
Tel: 001-647-889-2829

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