Kashmiris protest outside White House against Indian atrocities in Kashmir
WASHINGTON, April 22 (APP) A candle light vigil was held outside the White House , official residence of US President Barack Obama in Washington, to protest against the recent killings of Kashmiri people in the Indian-held valley and molestation of a 16-year-old girl.
A large number of people from the Washington region and neighboring states of Virginia and Maryland attended the vigil to express solidarity with the oppressed people of Kashmir who are subjected to all kinds of brutality at the hands of Indian troops.
The people carried placards inscribed with slogans against the Indian government and for the United Nations to implement its resolution to get the right of self-determination for Kashmiri people.
"Enough is enough. The world leaders should act now to stop the heinous crimes against Kashmiri people in the Indian-held Kashmir and put pressure on Prime Minister Modi to rein in his forces and stop them from committing crimes against the humanity," said renowned Kashmiri leader, Dr. Ghulam Nabi Fai.
Six people were killed and scores of others wounded when Indian army troops resorted to violence against protests by Kashmiri people against the molestation of a minor girl in the Kashmiri town of Handwara on April 2.
Among those killed was a youth Mohammad Iqbal, a resident of Bomham in Kupwor district, who was shot in the face and was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. A woman was also killed by Indian firing. She was standing in balcony of her house when shot.
Speakers said tension in South Asia has implication for world peace and the global leaders should intervene to help resolve the issue, they said.