Hope for Kashmir: Reminding President Obama of his campaign commitment to help resolve the conflict in Kashmir.
This petition by the Kashmiri-American community and friends is a follow-up to the petition submitted on January 17th, 2009, whose 500-plus signatories applauded President Obama's campaign commitment to resolve the Kashmir crisis during his Administration, and offered suggestions to de-escalate tension in the region.
The ongoing militarization of Kashmir has resulted in 70,000 deaths, 8000 disappearances, and 250,000 displaced persons. Since 1990, Kashmiri economy has sustained losses of more than the equivalent of 40.4 billion U.S. dollars due to the untenable conditions of life that Kashmiris face every day.
This petition calls for the United States to exert its influence on India and Pakistan to create a positive atmosphere in Kashmir that will bring about a context for peace and prosperity in South Asia. It maintains that third-party mediation between India and Pakistan is essential to resolve the Kashmir dispute, and key to this mediation is engagement with the representatives of all people of Kashmir as full and equal partners in the determination of the future of Kashmir.
The petition suggests that:
(a) Kashmir be a fire-arm free zone;
(b) Indian and Pakistan's armed forces be pulled back to the 1947 international borders;
(c) Repressive laws in Kashmir, such as the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, be removed; and
(d) All international borders in Kashmir be opened
to promote commerce, unite families and bring prospects for peace and prosperity to the 13 million people of the four regions of Kashmir and the adjacent parts of South Asia.