British Kashmiris Protested in 10 Downing Street against Human Rights Violations in Kashmir
Organized by British chapter of Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), hundreds of protesters called on the British Prime Minister David Cameron and his deputy Nick Clegg to check the excesses that the Indian occupation forces have unleashed on the people of
Kashmir over the past few months. The protesters also reminded the British Government that being one of the largest arms suppliers to Britain , these same arms are being used against innocent civilians in India Kashmir; therefore British Government should review its arms pact with . India
Speaking on this occasion, Zonal President of JKLF in UK, Mr. Mahmood Hussain said that international community including Britain and other major nations have a moral obligation to play a pivotal role for a peaceful and lasting solution based on the democratic will of the people of Jammu Kashmir. He said that Kashmiri community in
want an honourable solution of the Britain Kashmir issue based on the true aspiration of its people.
Addressing the demonstrators, Head of JKLF’s Diplomatic wing Prof. Zafar Khan said that since two decades Indian forces have killed over a hundred thousand people, overwhelming majority of who have been civilians, and many thousands of young men have simply disappeared without trace over these years while many thousands languish in Indian Jails. He urged British Prime Minister to take concrete steps in order to involve Indian Government for a meaningful dialogue with Kashmris over the future status of
Kashmir. He reminded the Prime Minister that there are about 1.5 million Kashmiris living in and they expect his Government to intervene in order to save precious lives in Britain Kashmir.
A memorandum to British Prime Minister David Cameron was also handed over to officials at
10 Downing Street, London. The memorandum asked the UK Governments to play a pivotal role over future status of Jammu Kashmir. The memorandum stated that “In view of the ongoing state oppression in Indian held part of Jammu Kashmir, we wish to remind Her Majesty’s Government of its international obligations as a major world power over the current situation and the future political and constitutional status of Jammu Kashmir”.
Memorandum further stated that “We strongly urge your government to take serious steps in bringing the concerned parties namely,
, India and representatives of the Kashmiri people for a negotiated and peaceful solution to this 63 year old conflict. The Pakistan government as permanent member of the UN Security Council, a leading member of the European Union and as Head of the Commonwealth, has a privileged position in world affairs to play a role for a peaceful settlement of UK Kashmir issue”
Others who also spoke were Haji Rauf Khan, Syed Tahseen Gilani, Ershad Malik, Ali Asghar, Prof. Shahid Iqbal, Khawaja Kabeer Ahmed and representatives of other political organisations in
Khawaja Kabeer Ahmed
) Zone UK
Rt. Honourable Mr. David Cameron
Prime Minister of the
Dear Mr. Prime Minister,
Re: Seeking UK Governments role over future status of Jammu Kashmir
In view of the ongoing state oppression in Indian held part of Jammu Kashmir, we wish to remind Her Majesty’s Government of its international obligations as a major world power over the current situation and the future political and constitutional status of Jammu Kashmir.
For far too long,
has been responsible for unprecedented militarised violence against a defenceless populace in Indian occupied Jammu Kashmir by giving free hand to military and paramilitary forces which India has deployed in huge numbers in the territory. India
The numbers of the forces including a myriad of paramilitary brigades and units are estimated to be around 700,000. This level of deployment of Indian military and paramilitary forces makes Indian occupied part of Jammu Kashmir the most militarised region anywhere in the world.
Since the late 1980s these forces have killed over a hundred thousand people, overwhelming majority of who have been civilians, and many thousands of young men have simply disappeared without trace over these years while many thousands languish in Indian Jails.
Over the past few weeks alone, scores of civilians have succumbed to the violent actions of the paramilitary forces not only in the
but also in others parts of Indian held Jammu Kashmir. Valley of Kashmir
Since 2009 in particular, Indian forces have with complete impunity unleashed violence against peaceful mass demonstrators resulting in fatalities and serious injuries. The popular peaceful agitation by the Kashmiri masses is against the status quo and the forced division of their country between
and India since 1947. Pakistan
Mr. Prime Minister India erroneously claims that the situation in
Kashmir is an internal matter for the Indian state and that Jammu Kashmir is an ‘integral’ part of Indian Union. Nothing could be farther from the truth. Jammu Kashmir is an international issue concerning the rights and aspirations of around 15 million people of Jammu Kashmir which, since 1947 has been divided, forcibly between and India . Two thirds of the erstwhile state is under Indian occupation while the remainder is under direct and indirect administration of Pakistan . Pakistan
We would like to point out that
Kashmir issue is not a territorial dispute between and India , nor should it be considered as such. To do so would be to deny the inherent and inalienable right to self determination of 15 million people and such apposition would constitute a denial of over a dozen United Nation’ s Resolutions on the future disposition and status of Jammu Kashmir since 1948. Pakistan
These U N Resolutions not only bind India and Pakistan, to a negotiated and peaceful settlement of the dispute based on the unfettered political and constitutional rights of the Kashmiri people, but also the international community including Britain, to ensure that such a settlement of the conflict was arrived at.
We strongly believe that the UK Government can play an important role in influencing the processes towards a just, lasting and democratic solution of the
Mr. Prime Minister your remarks during your recent visit to
did very little unfortunately, to encourage India in particular and India to engage in a serious dialogue with the Kashmiris for a peaceful solution over the conflict. If anything your remarks caused concerns and dismay among the Kashmiri Diaspora communities in the Pakistan as your position has been seen supporting Indian policy and violent methods of its occupation forces in UK Kashmir.
Mr. Prime Minister your remarks during your recent visit to
We are of the firm belief that good relations between
and India are a pre requisite for peace and prosperity in Pakistan South Asia. The key to unleash peace in the subcontinent however, lies in a just and lasting resolution of the issue based on a democratic and people centric solution of the conflict.
We also wish to reiterate our strong belief that we wish
Kashmir to be a bridge of peace and friendship between and India rather that a bone of perpetual contention and conflict between the South Asian nuclear powers. Pakistan
We strongly urge your government to take serious steps in bringing the concerned parties namely,
, India and representatives of the Kashmiri people for a negotiated and peaceful solution to this 63 year old conflict. The Pakistan government as permanent member of the UN Security Council, a leading member of the European Union and as Head of the Commonwealth, has a privileged position in world affairs to play a role for a peaceful settlement of UK Kashmir issue.
On behalf of the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front
Mahmud Husain (President of JKLF’s British Chapter.)