Archive for June, 2009

Sikhs stage anti-India protests in US

Posted in Khalistan Movement with tags on June 19, 2009 by dimension117

NEW YORK – Sikh-Americans on Friday staged big anti-India demonstrations across the United States to mark the 25th anniversary of the Indian Army attack on their holiest religious site – the Golden Temple in Amritsar. “India: Out of Khalistan” and “Who is terrorist? – Indian government” were their slogans at rallies staged in front of Indian consulates in New York, Chicago and San Francisco, according to reports received here. In Washington, a demonstration was planned for Saturday afternoon. In New York, Sardar Amarjit Singh, head of the Washington-based Khalistan Affairs Centre, led the demonstration in driving rain. Busloads of Sikhs from adjoining states of New Jersey and Connecticut joined the rally. They called for United Nations’ intervention to end what they called was India’s oppression of Sikhs. Meanwhile, The Washington Times Friday carried an advertisement, sponsored by American-Sikh Organisations and Gurdwaras, denounced the 1984 attack against Sikhism’s holiest shrine. “The ‘foundation-stone of Khalistan’ was indeed laid on that day as those wanton acts of state terrorism permanently hurt the psyche of 26 million Sikhs and ‘laid the foundation of an independent, democratic Sikh buffer state of Khalistan’ in the minds and hearts of most Sikhs,” it said. “Six months later, the June 1984 attack was followed by a state-supervised India-wide pogrom, in November 1984, during which nearly 10,000 innocent Sikhs were also put to death all over India, including New Delhi… As time goes by, the memory of the ghastly experiences, of June and November 1984, continue to convert the thinking of not only the old but the younger Sikh generation as well, that, Khalistan is the ultimate goal.

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US air strike wiped out Afghan wedding party

Posted in US occupation of Afghanistan with tags on June 19, 2009 by dimension117

James Sturcke and agencies
guardian.co.uk, Friday 11 July 2008 14.47 BST

A US air strike killed 47 civilians, including 39 women and children, as they were travelling to a wedding in Afghanistan, an official inquiry found today. The bride was among the dead.

Another nine people were wounded in Sunday’s attack, the head of the Afghan government investigation, Burhanullah Shinwari, said.

Fighter aircraft attacked a group of militants near the village of Kacu in the eastern Nuristan province, but one missile went off course and hit the wedding party, said the provincial police chief spokesman, Ghafor Khan.

The US military initially denied any civilians had been killed.

Lieutenant Rumi Nielson-Green, a spokeswoman for the US-led coalition, told AFP today the military regretted the loss of any civilian life and was investigating the incident.

The US is facing similar charges over strikes two days earlier in another border area of Afghanistan.

The nine-member inquiry team appointed by the Afghan president, Hamid Karzai, to look into the wedding party incident found only civilians had been killed in the attack.

“We found that 47 civilians, mostly women and children, were killed in the air strikes and another nine were wounded,” said Shinwari, who is also the deputy speaker of Afghanistan’s senate.

“They were all civilians and had no links with the Taliban or al-Qaida.”

Around 10 people were missing and believed to be still under rubble, he said. The inquiry team were shown the bloodied clothes of women and children in a visit to the scene.

The Red Cross said 250 people had been killed or wounded in five days of military action and militant attacks in the past week.

The toll included the US-led air strikes and a suicide blast outside the Indian embassy in Kabul on Monday that killed more than 40 people, including two Indian envoys.

The UN said last month that nearly 700 Afghan civilians had lost their lives this year – about two-thirds in militant attacks and about 255 in military operations.

Karzai has pleaded repeatedly for western troops to take care not to harm civilians, and in December wept during a speech lamenting civilian deaths at the hands of foreign forces.

UK based Kashmiris blame India for inciting violence in Pakistan

Posted in Kashmir with tags on June 19, 2009 by dimension117

LONDON (SANA): Blaming India of being behind the recent wave of terrorism in Pakistan to destabilize the country and deflect the world attention from occupied Kashmir, UK based Kashmiri parties have called upon Pakistani government to take up the issue with international community with the evidences of Indian involvement in terrorist acts.

Addressing a joint Press Conference in London, President All Parties Kashmir International Coordination Committee, (APKICC), Mohammad Ghalib, Secretary General Dr. Misfar Hussain along with other heads and representatives of Kashmiri groups demanded that Pakistan must share with International community the documentary evidences that were presented in the in camera session of National Assembly.

The briefing given by Interior Minister Rehman Malik to the Parliamentarian that has been published in national press of Pakistan clearly indicates Indian involvement in incidents of terrorism in Pakistan, the APKICC leader told the new conference. They said Kashmiri people have reservations over resumption of India – Pakistan dialogue as these parleys have produced nothing in last six years and are not likely to result into success in future because of Indian negative attitude towards the issue of Kashmir. India will use the talks as ploy to further consolidate its military hold over Kashmir.

They said that withdrawal of Indian and Pakistani forces from both sides of LoC, restoration of pre October 27, 1947 of status of Kashmir, and assigning the day to day administrative affairs of Kashmir to the Kashmiris is first step towards final settlement of Kashmir issue.

Condemning the gruesome incident of gang rape and murder of two women in Shoopian town of Occupied Kashmir, APKICC leaders urged world human rights bodies to probe into the incident and lodge protest with Indian authorities. The human rights bodies should take serious notice of the situation following the example set by Amnesty International which has raised its voice over brutal act of Indian forces.

Appreciating stance of Prime Minister Yousaf Raza Geelani’s statement that unresolved Kashmir issue is sole reason of tension between India and Pakistan that has to be resolved for lasting peace in the region, Kashmiri leaders urged PPP government in Pakistan to review Kashmir policy of the country framed by former military ruler General (Retired) Pervaiz Mushrraf.

The said Kashmiris are not against dialogue between India and Pakistan but want that talks should be meaningful and result oriented and Kashmir should be at the top of agenda. The APKICC also welcomed the statement of US Deputy Secretary of States on the issue of Kashmir and urged the United States to exert pressure on India to resolve Kashmir problem inline with international agreements pledges to bring peace and stability in the region.

The Kashmiri leaders also expressed their satisfaction over the electoral victory of pro-Kashmir members of European Parliament and hoped that they will continue their support to the struggle of Kashmiri people for their right of self determination and to raise voice over gross violation of human rights by India in Kashmir.

Prof Nazir Shawl, Zafar Khan, Maulana Bostan Qadri, Prof Mohammad Riaz, Mohammad Altaf, Councillor Dr Zulfiqar Ali, Ch Mohammad Sharif, Riaz Raza and other Kashmiri also spoke at the Press Conference.