WASHINGTON, Aug 15 (APP): A group of rights activists here Thursday demonstrated against New Delhi’s “reign of repression” in the Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and urged an end to sufferings of the people with implementation of relevant UN resolutions allowing them the right to self-determination.The protest in front of the Indian embassy on the Massachusetts Ave coincided with the Indian Independence Day and came as firing across the Line of Control in the disputed Kashmir region, re-ignited tensions between South Asian nuclear powers Pakistan and India.
Gathering under the banner of Kashmir Forum Washington, the demonstrators belonging to Kashmiri-American community, asked India to immediately “end its state terrorism” and withdraw the occupational forces from the territory of Jammu and Kashmir.
The participants submitted a memorandum to the Indian embassy that asks New Delhi to repeal its draconian laws for the region, allow human rights organizations into occupied Jammu and Kashmir , and release all the prisoners resisting Indian rule unconditionally.
The memorandum registered their protest against “unprovoked acts of firing by the Indian forces across the Line of Control that have resulted in the killing of innocent Kashmiri living on the Azad Jammu and Kashmir border.”
The participants carried placards and banners that drew attention to the plight of the people in Indian occupied portion of the disputed region.
They also condemned the July 18, 2013 killing of four innocent Kashmiris at the hands of Indian border security forces during a peaceful protest in Rambol district.
Recent developments including renewed tensions between Pakistan and India and Indian security forces’ recent killing of four Kashmiri civilians,imposition of curfew and detention of political figures have once again
highlighted to the world the need for resolution to the lingering dispute.
The ongoing tensions along the Line of Control have elicited Washington’s urging to both Pakistan and India to continue their quest for peace and resolution to the longstanding issue. American ambassadors in Islamabad and New Delhi have conveyed Washington’s call for peace to political leaders in the two capitals.