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Awards to Modi tantamount to ratifying Kashmir genocide: Altaf Shakoor

Karachi, September 05, 2019 (PPI-OT): Giving international awards to the butcher of Gujarat Modi is tantamount to ratifying the genocide in Kashmir, and governments and international community should condemn Narendra Modi instead of bestowing awards because his hands are stained with the blood of innocent Kashmiri civilians including women and children, said Pasban Democratic Party (PDP) Chairman Altaf Shakoor here Thursday.

In a statement he said this is outrageous that one of the world’s foremost philanthropic organizations, the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation has recently decided to bestow one of its prestigious awards upon the Prime Minister of India, the “Butcher of Gujarat,” Narendra Modi.

He said human rights bodies and persons are not happy on this decision. It is said that Modi is being awarded for building toilets across India, where 500 million people defecate in public. This is a worthy cause. However, one might find some good deeds by Hitler as well.

He said the award comes right after the human rights organization, Genocide Watch, issued a genocide alert for Kashmir as well as the Indian state of Assam. Modi’s India is the only country with under two genocide alerts. In Assam, it is issued because of the Indian government’s decision to strip 1.9 million Bengali-speaking Muslims of their citizenship.

He said five of the ten reasons given by Genocide Watch for issuing a genocide alert for Kashmir include Polarization: Modi and the BJP incite anti-Muslim hatred; spread falsehoods through social media; Preparation: The Indian Army occupies Kashmir; BJP leaders speak of the “Final Solution” for Kashmir; Persecution: Kashmiri Muslims are locked down, subject to arrest, torture, rape, and murder; Extermination: Genocidal massacres occurred during Partition; since 1990, there have been at least 25 massacres with huge death tolls of Muslims by Indian troops; Denial: Modi and BJP say their goals are to “bring prosperity” and “end terrorism”; they deny any massacres. No Indian Occupation Army troops or police are ever tried for torture, rape or murder in occupied Kashmir.

He said the Genocide Watch had already called upon the United Nations and its members to warn India not to commit genocide in Kashmir. He appealed the citizens to sign online petitions to press Bill Gates to rescind this award. He said the first sentence in the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’s mission is “All lives have equal value.”

He said peace loving people of the world assume that includes the indigenous people of Kashmir and the citizens of Assam; the second point in the Foundation’s mission is to “Ensure more children and young people survive and thrive.” As the Foundation might know, schools in Kashmir are yet to be reopened after the Indian occupation army intervention in early August. Children are the number one victims of these military operations. For decades schools have been shut down repeatedly. In 2016, the most recent data available, schools in Kashmir were open for only 4 month of the year.

He said Modi is still a butcher and killer, as scholars have not cleared him of the massacre of Gujarat. For this he was banned from entering the USA, UK and Canada for 10 years, and only regained the right to enter when he acquired ‘diplomatic immunity’ by becoming the Indian Prime Minister. He reminded that Modi is a member of RSS which was banned in India four times including once because one of their leaders killed Gandhi.

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