WASHINGTON – Yet another success for Pakistan’s effective diplomacy against Indian PM Narendra Modi.
Due Pakistan’s successful policy of highlighting the Kashmir issue and Indian PM Modi brutality against oppressed Kashmiris, more voices are being raised against Indian PM Modi across the World.
In the latest turn of events, The Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), a Washington-based largest Muslim civil rights and advocacy organisation, has announced that 52 civil and human rights, refugee and religious organisations have sent a letter to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, urging the charity to not award its premier Global Goalkeeper Award to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at its Goalkeepers event next week, citing gross violations of human rights in occupied Kashmir and targeting minorities including Dalit and Christian communities.
The organisations, in the letter, have opposed awarding Hindu nationalist Modi based on well-documented human rights’ abuses against Muslims, Dalit and Christians.
The letter further noted Modi’s August 5 illegal abrogation of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution, stripping special autonomy of the state of Jammu and Kashmir and besieging its eight million residents.
Signatories to the letter recognise the positive impact India’s Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (SBA) sanitation campaign has had in eliminating open defecation in that county. However, they were of the view that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation could not in good conscience bestow an award on Modi while he oversees a brutal military campaign of collective punishment in the Kashmir Valley – while concurrently stripping 1.9 million Bengali-speaking Muslims of their citizenship in the Indian state of Assam and constructing detention camps to imprison people who have now been turned “stateless”.
The letter further points out that since Modi was elected as premier in 2014, there has been a 400% rise in incidents of hate crimes and violence against Muslims, Christians, Sikhs, and Dalits, and that leaders of his political party, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), have been credibly accused of emboldening "communal violence" and failing to forcefully condemn or put a stop to it.