Biden Team’s Kashmiri member opposed Article 370 revocation

KT NEWS SERVICE. Dated: 1/21/2021 12:56:09 PM

JAMMU, Jan 20: Sameera Fazili of Kashmiri-origin, who was recently appointed Deputy Director of the National Economic Council of the Biden administration, has a track record of playing a role in anti-India protests in USA over the Kashmir issue, according to a report in the Economic Times.
According to the report, Fazili played a key role in one of the protests within four days of abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.
Adding that she supports ‘Stand with Kashmir’ (SWK) a Kashmiri diaspora-led international solidarity movement. In August 2019, following the abrogation of Article 370, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) introduced her as a member of SWK.
“We urge people of conscience to come out and show support and solidarity for the people of Kashmir as authoritarianism and Islamophobia rise around the world, from India to the United States to Europe. Come show your support for human rights, international law, and democracy,” Fazili had said then.
Experts on Indo-USA ties told ET that her actions need to be monitored. In the Obama-Biden administration, Fazili served as a senior policy advisor on the White House’s National Economic Council and as a senior advisor at the US Treasury Department in both Domestic Finance and International Affairs. Prior to that, she was a clinical lecturer of law at Yale Law School. Originally from Buffalo, Fazili is a graduate of Yale Law School and Harvard College.
She also worked at ShoreBank, US first CDFI (community development financial institution) bank. Meanwhile, Biden has inducted a second Pakistani American, Salman Ahmed, into his foreign policy team. Ahmed, who served as head of strategic planning in the Obama National Security Council, is joining the US State Department as director policy planning.
Last month Biden announced that another Pakistani American, Ali Zaidi, will join his team as Deputy National Climate Adviser. Ahmed was chief of staff of the US Mission to the United Nations and senior policy adviser to the US Permanent Representative to the UN.

 

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