Stand With Kashmir

Stand with Kashmir (SWK) is a terror sympathising and cheerleading group promoted and supported by Jamaat-e-Islami. It was founded by Lafaytte College Assistant Professor Dr. Hafsa Kanjwal who teaches South Asian history. Also, heavily involved in the activities of SWK are Ather Zia, Assistant Professor of Anthropology and Gender studies in University of Northern Colorado, Huma Dar lecturer is a lecturer in Asian American & Asian Diasporas Studies Program of the Ethnic Studies Department at the University of California, Berkeley. She also happens to be grand-neice of India’s freedom fighter, Saifuddin Kichlew. Saifuddin Kitchlew was the head of All India Khilafat Committee during pre-partition time. Huma Dar has links with Khalistanis, Mohammed Junaid, a Pakistani teaches Anthropology at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts and Haley Duschinski of the Ohio University. Duchinski is Associate Professor of Anthropology; Graduate Director of M.A. in Law, Justice & Culture.

Abha Shankar has exposed Hafsa Kanjwal’s links with Turkey and CIGA (Centre for Islamic and Global Affairs). Hafsa Kanjwal has spoken at events organised by CIGA in Turkey. Martha Lee of ME Forum (Middle East Forum) exposed Stand with Kashmir and their links to Jamaat-i-Islami.

Disnfo lab have exposed Kashmir-ISI nexus here.

Below is one of Kanjwal’s talks from You tube. Islamic Circle of North America (ICNA) and it’s sister organisation Helping Hand for Relief Development (HHRD) along with Jamaat-e-Islami run SWK. Jamaat-e-Islami is banned in India due to its links with terror group Hizbul Mujahideen. SWK is chooses to ignore the role of terror groups operating and emanating from Pakistan but focuses only on the role of Indian government. SWK also ran a “red-dot” campaign on social media to replace profile pictures with red dot to show solidarity with Kashmir. ICNA has openly aligned with Lashkar-e-Taiba, UN designated terror group that killed 166 people in Mumbai attacks in 2008. Islamist Watch’s Martha Lee has investigated SWK’s links with violent Islamists and terrorists.

Sunday Guardian Lives Kundan Jha reported SWK conducts regular “Stand with Kashmir Teach-in” that is run by Professors and social activist with links to Wahhabi lobby to spread a fake narrative, propagate lies and fuel global protest against abrogation of Article 370. The online-classes are held world over especially in capital cities. The classes are conducted by pro-Pakistan Wahhbi lobby. These classes have also been conducted in JNU, Delhi University, University of Hyderabad among many others. The teach-in doesn’t include the ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri Hindus from the state not doesn’t talk about Pakistan sponsored terrorism or stone-pelting by the locals. SWK also offers a 14-week Kashmir Syllabus for those interested in learning and teaching about Kashmir.

Dr. Hafsa Kanjwal

During anti-CAA protest, Bollywood actor, Farhan Akthar, shared an image on social media of SWK’s propaganda poster on anti-CAA, NRC, and NPR. Notice the red circle, it is SWK’s logo. Farhan Akthar, was knowingly or unknowingly, promoting Kashmir separatism.

Stand With Kashmir’s poster shared by Bollywood actor Farhan Akthar

SWK has never spoken about the genocide of Kashmiri Hindus in 1990, is silent about Pakistan’s state-sponsored terrorism, and its brutal oppression of Hindus and Sikhs, while portraying themselves as victims who have choice but to take up arms. According to Middle East forum group, they lionise and eulogise violent, defend and justify Islamists attacks on Indian armed forces and civilians in Kashmir. They are found in US University campuses, chapters in different cities, as guest-speakers in events, and work with Jamaat-e-Islami proxy, ICNA. Many SWK experts are academics and professors in various US universities, like Dr.Hafsa Kanjwal, Huma Dhar, Ather Zia. “Experts” usually specialise in subjects such as gender studies, human rights, and colonialism. They have an active social media presence that runs poetry, drawing and article campaigns that portray Muslims as victims and India government and Hindus as oppressors. They call terrorists as “militant”, want Indian government to release all “political prisoners” as they are just ordinary citizens fighting for human rights in Kashmir.