Union City school hosts IACF Conference on Kashmir – A report by The Argus August 18, 2002.
UNION CITY – No one who attended the conference “Global Terrorism and Kashmir in its International Context,” sponsored by the Indo-American Community Federation at James Logan High School, expected to find the answer to the long-term conflict between India and Pakistan over the region of Kashmir in one afternoon.
The idea, according to organizer Jeevan Zutshi, was to continue the search for a solution to the conflict between the two countries, the effects of which are a rising death toll and tide of terrorism.
The conference opened with comments from Congressman Pete Stark, who used his time to comment on the diversity of his constituency.
“As I’ve watched, Fremont has developed into a multiethnic, multicultural and multireligious community.”
“We have a president who probably thinks Kashmir is a sweater,” Stark said.
The congressman didn’t give the conference audience of close to 50 individuals any definitive comments on the conflict or propose a solution to the fighting, but he said he
would lend his “consistent objection (in Congress) to provide weapons” to foreign countries.