Kashmiri Scandinavian Council
US Congressman supports Kashmiris right to self-determination under the UN
- Published on Tuesday, 07 February 2012 08:06
Washington, D.C.: Sardar Ali Shahnawaz Khan, Executive Director of the Kashmiri Scandinavian Council has met US Congressman Mr Robert Aderholt here.
Sardar Ali Shahnawaz Khan who is on a week long visit to Washington provided updated information to Mr Robert Aderholt about the problems faced by the people of Jammu & Kashmir, including information on the mass graves, the numerous human rights violations as well as the security issues raised by the lack of resolution of this conflict.
Mr Aderholt shared his support for the UN Security Council resolutions upholding the right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination.
International interfaith delegation meets Dr Fai
- Published on Monday, 06 February 2012 09:57
Washington: An international interfaith delegation comprising Lars Rise (Christian, Norway), Mr Charles (Christian, USA), Mr Gavriel (Jew, Israel) and Sardar Ali Shahnawaz Khan (Muslim, Kashmir) were privileged to visit Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai Executive Director Kashmiri American Council at his residence in the Washington Metropolitian subway area.
Dr Fai is the person who has dedicated his life for the struggle of the people of Kashmir.
The members of the delegation were extremely delighted to see Dr Fai in high spirit. “He was as charming as I have seen him before,” Sardar Ali Shahnawaz Khan told KW.
During the meeting Dr Fai disclosed to the delegation that a letter from the leadership of interfaith community of United States to president Obama is being drafted to reach him for helping in resolving the conflict of Kashmir.
Dr Fai also informed the delegation that a major Kashmir event is being organised to be held in Washington most probably in April/May 2012.
Jashn-e-Azadi, Inshallah Kashmir and now Harud!
- Published on Thursday, 02 February 2012 12:33
SRINAGAR, Feb 2: Seems like when it comes to Kashmir, Indian Censor Board has only one answer –NO. The latest Kashmir centric film to fall prey to Censor Board objections is Harud- (Autumn ) directed by Aamir Bashir, which has already been world premiered at Toronto, Canada. Aamir Bashir, the brain behind Harud tweeted last night, “Harud refused censor certificate. Round 2 with Revisionary Committee to follow. Wish us luck!”
Censorship noise could be heard lately, regarding documentary films like Sanjay Kak directed Jashn-e-Azadi and Ashwin Kumar directed Inshallah Kashmir.
Noteworthy to mention, all these films have been able to garner good amount of criticism as well as accolade for being able to depict the human rights violations in the Kashmir during the turmoil period, which was not the case with feature and documentary films made by Indian filmmakers earlier.
Kashmiris Should be The Masters of Their Destiny: Armitage
- Published on Friday, 11 November 2011 22:01
“It is quite fair to say that the people of Kashmir must be the masters of their own destiny,” said Mr. Richard Armitage, while talking to Mr. Ali. S. Khan, Executive Director, Kashmiri Scandinavian Council. Mr. Armitage was the Deputy Secretary of State of the United States during the administration of President George W. Bush.
Mr. Armitage has always had a vision that Kashmir conflict needs to be resolved. He expressed this view during an interview with ‘News Hours’ on June 10, 2002 when he said, “Well, we've had 55 years of periodic flare-ups between India and Pakistan. I think that the highest order on the agenda is to have a regional de-escalation in terms of al-Qaida and terrorist presence, and terrorism as a way to accomplish political objectives. And after that has happened both in Afghanistan and in Pakistan, then I think the regional situation will be much better and be much more conducive to a logical discussion of the future of Kashmir.”
I think solving Kashmir unlocks the whole place
- Published on Wednesday, 19 October 2011 09:48
"We need to understand what – where Pakistan’s interests are, how does Pakistan see its future and, where certainly those shared interests combine, I think we need to help each other achieve that.
I said earlier this isn’t just about Afghanistan and Pakistan. It’s a regional issue, and that includes India and other neighbors. But certainly in India – and I know that has been for a significant period of time – an existential threat with respect to Pakistan. It remains today.
I’ve said a couple years ago, and I believe today – I think solving Kashmir unlocks the whole place, that that’s the path for long-term solutions. Very difficult issue; that isn’t going to go away, it isn’t going to get better over time. And I have had those discussions, actually on – with both Pakistani leadership as well as Indian leadership."
General Michael Mullen, Former, Chairman, United States Joint Chiefs of Staff, September 21, 2011
Norwegian parliament reacts to Kashmir mass graves discovery
- Published on Wednesday, 07 September 2011 09:57
Oslo: Norwegian parliament has raised the issue of existence of unidentified mass graves in Kashmir and vowed that Norway will continue to monitor developments as the challenges of the human rights situation in Kashmir develops.
In this regard Norwegian Foreign Minister Mr. Jonas Ghar Støre has called upon the state chief minister of Jammu and Kashmir, Omar Abdullah, to create a special commission for truth and reconciliation.
Mr. Jonas Ghar Store made these remarks while responding to a parliamentary question on how can Norway follow up on this report, including within the UN system, to ensure that possible crimes against humanity that lie behind these findings are investigated and prosecuted?
KSC urges UN to establish commission on unveiling of unmarked graves in Kashmir
- Published on Thursday, 25 August 2011 00:00
Oslo: The discovery of scores of unidentified bodies and unmarked graves has just unmasked the fake and fictitious democracy of India and urges United Nations to take a strong notice on the gross human rights violations in occupied Jammu & Kashmir.
This was stated by Sardar Ali Shahnawaz Khan Executive Director Kashmiri-Scandinavian Council Oslo, Norway in the council’s meeting here today.
Ali Khan on A-tv morning show with Farah
- Published on Tuesday, 12 July 2011 19:19
Our executive director, Ali Shahnawaz Khan was interviewed by A-tv morning show with Farah:
Oslo Freedom Forum 2011 - Healing Kashmir
- Published on Sunday, 03 July 2011 18:39
Justine Hardy—the founder of Healing Kashmir, a mental health project in the divided Kashmir region—highlights the importance of addressing the mental health of people in conflict-ravaged areas.
Ali Shahnawaz raises issue of Dr Fai’s arrest in Oslo
- Published on Sunday, 12 June 2011 00:03
Oslo, August 29 (KMS): The Executive Director of Kashmiri Scandinavian Council (KSC) Sardar Ali Shahnawaz Khan has raised the issue of Dr Ghulam Nabi Fai at function held in Oslo in connection with Pakistan National Day in presence of American Ambassador for Norway.
The function was organised by Pakistan Welfare Union, Norway. People from local community and several diplomats including the US Ambassador to Norway, Barry B. White and his wife also attended the function.
Where are our dead ones?
- Published on Sunday, 12 June 2011 00:03
Kashmir is perhaps today the most militarized zone in the world. Armed personnel are deployed not only on the borders but in every street and town square, every village and hamlet. Gigantic army camps surrounded by sandbags and barbed wire sprawl across urban and rural landscapes, forest and mountain giving a visual reality to the frequent observation that Kashmir has been transformed into a prison or a city of bunkers. This massive military presence is backed by highly repressive laws like the Jammu and Kashmir Armed Forces Special Powers Act, Jammu and Kashmir Public Safety Act, National Security Act, which provide legal immunity to armed forces and the police against prosecution.
Association of Parents of Disappeared Persons (APDP) is an association of the relatives of the victims of Enforced Disappearances in Jammu and Kashmir come together to seek justice and to get information on the whereabouts of their disappeared relative. Read more on their website.
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