No Kashmiri Tibetan Muslims In Dharamshala Conference
500 muslim families not invited to the event
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
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.