Kashmiris protest as Indian PM addresses UN Assembly

27 September 2008
The News International

New York: Kashmiris from several states on Friday converged in front of the United Nations to raise their voice against atrocities by India, as Manmohan Singh addressed the UN General Assembly. The protesters, despite heavy downpour, gathered outside the UN building, raised slogans of freedom and held placards demanding self-determination, India honour UN pledges, Stop killings of Kashmiris and Stop state terrorism in Kashmir. Coming from Chicago, Cleveland, Ohio, Akron, Philadelphia, Washington DC, Virginia, Maryland, New York, New Jersey and Georgia, the participants demanded that India quit Kashmir and allow the people of Kashmir to choose their political destiny. Notables among the participants were Prime Minister Azad Kashmir Sardar Atiq Ahmad Khan, President Jammu Kashmir Muslim Peoples League, Barrister Sultan Mehmood, Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai, Professor Nazir Shawl, Dr Ghulam N Mir, Capt Khalid Shaheen, Sardar Sawar Khan, Syed Faiz Naqashbandi, Hafiz Sabir and many others. They also addressed the participants of the rally. AJK PM Sardar Atiq Ahmad Khan addressed the gathering. He said the Kashmir issue has assumed a very special geostrategic importance.