No Kash­miri Ti­betan Mus­lims In Dharamshala Con­fer­ence

500 mus­lim fam­i­lies not in­vited to the event

The Economic Times - - Pure Politics -

Sri­na­gar: The or­gan­is­ers of four­day­con­fer­enceonFree­dom,Jus­tice and Equal­ity in Dharamshala, where dis­si­dents from China’s eth­nic and re­li­gious mi­nori­ties, are meet­ing have left out Ti­betan mus­lims, liv­ing in Kash­mir. The Ti­betan Mus­lims, who came to Kash­mir in 1961 from Lhasa, havenotre­ceivedany­in­vi­ta­tion­for the event, where Dalai Lama is re­ceiv­ing and ad­dress­ing the del­e­gates of t he c o nf e re nc e — “Strength­en­ing our Al­liance to Ad­vance the Peo­ple’s Dream: Free­dom, Jus­tice, Equal­ity and Peace” or­ga­nized by a US based or- ga­ni­za­tionCi­ti­zenPow­er­forChina as­sisted by Ti­betan Cen­tre for Hu­manRight­sandDemoc­ra­cyand Stu­dents for a Free Ti­bet In­dia.

“We are aware of the con­fer­ence, but none of us have re­ceived any in­vi­ta­tion,” says Ma­sood Bhat of Hawal in Sri­na­gar, who also

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worked in Cen­tral Ti­betan Ad­min­is­tra­tion for 15 years in Dharamshala.

The con­fer­ence has al­ready run into con­tro­versy over govern­ment of In­dia grant­ing and later can­celling visa of World Uyghur Congress leader, Issa Dolkun. Ti­betan Mus­lims liv­ing in Sri­na­gar are of Kash­miri ori­gin as their an­ces­tors had set­tled in Ti­bet in 12th cen­tury, where they used to go for trade. In 1961, around 129 mus­lim fam­i­lies mi­grated from Lhasa to Kash­mir, when China com­pletely took over Ti­bet. Right now there are around 550 Ti­betan mus­lim fam­i­lies liv­ing in Hawal, Makhdoom Sahib and Eidgah ar­eas of Sri­na­gar.

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