Farooq Siddiqi to head KGC
Srinagar, Mar 24: New York based political advocacy group Kashmir Global Council (KGC) Tuesday stated after some of its board members met in the city of Los Angeles, they have opined that the group will highlight the Kashmir issue internationally as well as in India, Pakistan and Jammu and Kashmir.
“They will support the popular aspiration of Kashmiri people that is to restore the status of Kashmir as a sovereign country as it existed before the partition of Indian subcontinent,” explaining the formation, aims and objects, the Chief Spokesperson of Kashmir Global Council Dr Humaira Gowher of Perdue University, USA said in a statement to KNS.
She said this Political Advocacy Group has come to existence after eight months of demanding discourse between Kashmiri diaspora with different schools of thought and viewpoints.
“They all eventually came to agreement to pursue with the vision to establish a free, independent, peaceful, just and a prosperous Kashmir while pursuing with a mission of advocating for the fundamental right of self determination and freedom for the people of Kashmir based on the internationally accepted democratic principles and universal values,” Humaira Gowher said.
She further said that diaspora community from North America met in Niagara Falls on August 13th, 2016 that set the vision and mission for the political advocacy while different tasks were assigned to different groups to formulate the standards of functionality of the organization.
Later on September 25th 2016, in New York meeting the mission and vision was adopted and subsequently the organization was registered in the State of New York keeping in view the vicinity of United Nation and their representative missions resident in New York City, she said.
Humaira said it was unanimously agreed that Farooq Siddiqi will head the organization as President while Mufti Showkat Farooqi will be Vice President and Altaf Qadri will function as Secretary.
The statement said that there will be Chapters and Chapter heads globally in various cities wherever Kashmiris have settled who will work to raise the international profile of Kashmir by campaigns, seminars and conferences.
It will plan to educate and inform the opinion makers, governments and appropriate institutions of potential threat to security of South Asia and the region in the absence of resolution of Kashmir, she said.
This organization, the Humaira Gowher’s statement added will provide Kashmiris a common platform for raising the Kashmir issue and highlighting the human rights abuses globally and provide opportunity to be part of global Kashmir community through memberships “that will generate a unified voice and political stand and will resonate in unison, irrespective of color creed, gender, ethnic, linguistic or religious background”. (KNS)