Washington: The association of Kashmiris residing overseas bluntly pointed out that the terrorism exported by Pakistan, is responsible for the current situation in Jammu-Kashmir. This association of Kashmiri Pandits slapped tightly US Congress committee saying that the Pakistani terrorism is being ignored. The organisation lashed out that while talking about the human rights of the people in Jammu-Kashmir, it needs to be understood that extremism and terrorism are the biggest threats to human rights.
Since the last few days, a hearing regarding Jammu-Kashmir is being held in front of the US Congress committee. The committee is dominated by the Democrat party members, openly displaying anti-India stand. Following the criticism that there was no place for the people presenting the Indian stand in this committee, Sunanda Vashisht was invited to represent the Kashmiri Pandits. She was informed just a day before the hearing. However, Sunanda Vashisht raised the voice for the Kashmiri Pandits and exposed the Pakistan sponsored terrorism.
The western countries have seen the brutality of the terrorist organisation like IS. But the Kashmiri Pandits have faced similar brutality in Jammu and Kashmir. Sunanda Vashisht presented some horrifying examples of brutality and informed the committee that many of the Pandits had to leave their ancestral homes owing to this brutality. Some of the anti-India members were trying to obstruct the speech, but Sunanda Vashisht effectively presented the stand of the Kashmiri Pandits along with India before the committee.
Sunanda Vashisht’s speech drew severe repercussions, and the Indian community has hailed the speech. Following this, the Kashmiri Overseas Association (KOA) also presented its stand before the committee. Shakun Munshi, the President of KOA, while speaking in front of the human rights committee of the US Congress, highlighted that the religious extremism and terrorism are the biggest threats to human rights. KOA accused the committee of neglecting the Pakistan sponsored terrorism with a one-sided view of the situation in Jammu-Kashmir.
One hundred thirty people and 25 organisations designated as terrorists by the United Nations are operational in Jammu-Kashmir and controlled from Pakistan. KOA also reminded that nearly 42,000 people had lost their lives in terrorist activities in Jammu-Kashmir. KOA claimed it would not be correct to target India on the human rights issue without due consideration of these facts.