American Muslims Alarmed By India-Pakistan Tensio
In the Name of God, Most Compassionate, Most Merciful
AMERICAN MUSLIMS FOR GLOBAL PEACE AND JUSTICE
AMERICAN MUSLIMS ALARMED BY INDIA-PAKISTAN TENSIONS, CALL FOR DIPLOMACY
(Washington, DC - 12/28/2001) - In light of the massive build-up of troops, missiles, and fighter aircrafts along the 1,100-mile Pakistan-India borders, and given the escalating war of words between the two countries, American Muslims urge President Bush to bring the two nuclear countries together in an effort to end the perilous standoff.
Recently, five assailants stormed India's national parliament complex, killing seven people before they were killed themselves. India believes the attackers were Kashmiri-based and accuses Pakistan of harboring groups linked to the assailants.
In response, Pakistan arrested members of groups suspected of involvement in the India attack and froze their assets. President Bush said Pakistan is "responding forcefully" and hoped that "India takes note of that." India described the measures as inadequate, then embarked on the largest troop buildup since its 1971 war with Pakistan.
Both countries have fought three wars since their independence from Britain in 1947. Two of those wars were fought over the disputed region of Kashmir.
Even as the two South Asian nuclear powers emphasize the defensive nature of their nuclear capabilities, military experts point to the increased likelihood of false nuclear alarms, and the potential for dire consequences, as tensions rise.
This new chapter of military brinkmanship in South Asia underlines the need to implement United Nations resolutions calling for self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir to settle a conflict which continues to bring misery to thousands of innocent people, and to rob both countries of resources needed to develop their fragile economies.
Contact President Bush and ask for a doubling of our efforts to bring a just and enduring solution to the Pakistan-India conflict along resolutions adopted by the international community and expressed through the United Nations Commission for India and Pakistan (UNCIP), upholding self- determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.
President George W. Bush The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW Washington, DC 20500 Tel: (202)456-1414 Fax: (202)456-2461 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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