In addition to marring a woman from Kashmir, Fesail Rauf performed the marriage ceremonies for the daughter of Farooq Kathwari.
WEDDINGS; Farah Kathwari, Mubashir Mohi-ud-Din Published: July 7, 2002Farah Maryam Kathwari, the daughter of Farida and Farooq Kathwari of New Rochelle, N.Y., was married at her parents’ house yesterday to Mubashir Mohi-ud-Din, a son of Sakina Mohi-ud-Din and Dr. Ghulam Mohi-ud-Din of Potomac, Md. ,b>Imam Feisal Abdul Rauf performed the Islamic ceremony.
Ms. Kathwari, 27, is keeping her name.
This wealthy, and well connected Kashmiri Muslim does business with the White House through his business Ethan Allen, and in his capacity as CEO, and president of the company
In fact Mr. K is not only the President of Ethan Allen furnishers , but is a leader in the Kashmir succession movement.
In 1922, at the age of 19, Karthwari’s eldest son left Harvard Med school and died fighting with the muhajideen in Afghanistan. The Irfan Kathwari Foundation was started by Farooq Kathwari in memory of his son, and funds things like “The Islam Project.“
Another of Kathwari’s sons wrote fondly of his memories of the movie “Battle of Algiers”.
Kashmir Dispute Will Make Ground Zero Seem Like a Bonfire By Rafiq KathwariIt [the movie “Battle of Algiers“] captured my imagination as well as that of my classmates, one of whom approached me a few days later and asked if I would commit myself to the liberation of Kashmir. Yes, of course, I said, reading a typed sheet my friend took out from his coat pocket. “Bear Arms against a Sea of Troubles,” I remember the title said.
“This is our manifesto,” my friend said as I read the aims and objectives, which included blowing up bridges and the local radio and telephone buildings, ambushing army convoys and killing soldiers. The text said nothing about where we would get arms and ammunition, the number of members in the group, how we would organize, who our leader was or when we would execute our plan.
[ to say nothing of the morality. -- livingengine
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It was great stuff for my impressionable mind. My friend had energized me. If the Algerians could do it, so could Kashmiris. I read the typed manifesto again before signing it with a flourish.
A few weeks later that teenage flirtation landed me for 11 months in Srinagar’s Central Jail.
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The passage of 35 years hasn’t dimmed my memory. My passion for Kashmir’s freedom is undiminished, despite the horror of the last ten years during which anywhere from 35,000 to 80,000 mostly civilians have been killed.
Indifference [to Kashmir] will make Ground Zero seem like a Boy Scout’s bonfire gone awry.
Farooq Kathwari has been called a “seccessionist leader”, and he is well connected. He does business with the White House through Ethan Allen furniture, and may, as President and CEO of that company perform back channel diplomatic functions for the US government concerning Kashmir.
He is also friends with Feisal Rauf.