Washington DC (USA) June 09, 2009
The International Kashmir Federation (IKF) hosted a briefing on June 9, 2009 on Capitol Hill on the decades long violence in Kashmir. The briefing was co-hosted by Hindu American Foundation (HAF) and co-sponsored by United States India Political Action Committee (USINPAC), National Federation of Indian Associations (NFIA), Indo American Community Federation (IACF) and United Hindu Front (UHF).
With a capacity crowd in attendance, Congressional staffers, the U.S. Commission on Religious Freedom and media heard panelists from leading NGOs speak of the geo-political implications on Kashmir of the Taliban's gaining control in Pakistan.
In a unanimous resolution passed after the Capitol Hill briefing on 'Cross-Border Terrorism in Kashmir and the Hindu (Pandit) Victims: Challenges and Solutions' they urged the Obama Administration to make sure that "the American military aid to Pakistan should not be used against India." "The U.S. must make Pakistan accountable in its fight against Taliban. India must support Pakistan in this fight as well," the resolution said.
The resolution moved by Jeevan Zutshi from International Kashmir Federation and supported by all members attending the briefing urged Obama Administration to put pressure on Pakistan to reform its education system and school syllabus.
Dr. Vijay Sazawal, a Kashmir policy analyst, stressed that it was Pakistan's ideological obsession with the region, specifically Kashmir that has resulted in neglect in areas of development and education throughout the rest of Pakistan.
Samyuktha Shenoy from the United States India Political Action Committee (USINPAC) urged the U.S. Government to insist on immediate and tangible progress from Pakistan, including elimination of cross border terrorism, dismantling of all terror training camps, and verifiable evidence of bringing the perpetrators of terror to justice. Stating the views of USINPAC she further said, "Any future aid from the U.S. should be conditional to Pakistan's demonstration of tangible steps to eliminate the sources of global terror."
Dr. Rajen Anand National Federation of Indian Associations (NFIA) talked about the 'Washington Chalo" efforts by Indian American Task Force earlier this year which led to a massive campaign to denounce terrorism stemming from Pakistan. He urged everyone to write a letter to their Senators strongly urging them to link the proposed foreign aid to Pakistan on the condition of its elimination of all terrorist training camps in that country. "Without this condition, no foreign aids should be granted to Pakistan, for it is likely to enhance terrorist attacks throughout the world and no country will be safe. Communicate to your lawmakers as U.S. citizens, for it is our tax money that will be going to Pakistan. More letters reach these Senators, the greater will be the effectiveness. Tell your friends to write letters to their respective Senators", Rajen said.