RNA – In the wake of the unfortunate events in Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir, al-Mustafa International University in Qom has issued a statement.
On August 5, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi revoked special rights for the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The long-standing constitutional provisions for the region are no longer legally valid.
Following the move, India deployed troops to the region to stymie potential protests. The government in New Delhi also imposed severe restrictions on movements, and cut all telephone, mobile phone and internet connections.
The controversial action has angered both Pakistan, which controls parts of Kashmir, and the local population, who are predominantly Muslim.
According to the al-Mustafa News and Information Centre, the statement is as follows:
In the Name of God, the Most Beneficent, the Most Merciful
The seventy-year-old wound of Kashmir and the suffering of Muslim and non-Muslim people of this region has been reopened as an effect of a sinister legacy of colonialism. The astonished eyes of the world are staring at a large, powerful nation with a population of more than one billion four hundred million which is made up of diverse religions and cultures. People around the world are asking why a country with this ancient civilization, where great religions and religions have been living together peacefully for so many years, is in such a situation today? The divisive scenario of colonialism, dismantled by Mahatma Gandhi’s sacrifice, has once again emerged due to Zionism, and the violence and disregard for the basic rights of the Kashmiri people has endangered the security of their lives and property.
As an international educational and academic institution, al-Mustafa International University, while emphasizing on the defence of the oppressed in every part of the world, regrets the silence of the international institutions and human rights defenders in regard to the events occurring in Kashmir and reminds the Indian politicians and officials that such behaviours will only result in instability and the further creation of distance and division between religions across India, There is a need to for a peaceful life between the followers of all religions, including Muslims, Hindus and Buddhists, to be provided in the region.
The Indian and Pakistani authorities are expected to restrain themselves and seek political solutions to this humanitarian problem, and we also expect that all international institutions will come to the aid of these oppressed and suffering people as soon as possible.
al-Mustafa International University
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