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Friday, 8 February 2013

Kashmiri Protest demonstration at Indian mission 11th February (29th Anniversary of Maqbool Butt Shaheed)

London (08 February 2013)
Kashmiri pro-independence organization the Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) has called for a shutter-down protest in Kashmir on the 29th Martyrdom anniversary of Kashmir’s independence leader, Maqbool Butt Shaheed. JKLF will take out a protest rally at Maqbool Butt’s birth place in Tregham, district Kupwara. Meanwhile, the UK chapter of the JKLF will hold a protest demonstration at the Indian High Commission in London 1pm – 3pm, when a parliamentary delegation of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir, led by its chair Lord Ahmed, will hand in a petition to the president of India to demand that Indian government should hand over the mortal remains of the Kashmiri leader to his family in Kashmir. The parliamentary petition has been signed by the following 33 Mps, Peers and MEPs.

1.      Lord Nazir Ahmed                      
2.      Lord Qurban Hussain
3.      Lord Bill McKenzie
4.      Baroness Beverley Hughes
5.      Lady Sarah Ludford, MEP            
6.      Phil Bennion, MEP           
7.      Sajjad Karim, MEP
8.      Linda McAvan, MEP
9.      Sir Gerald Kaufman, MP (Manchester)       
10. David Ward, MP  (Bradford)                        
11. Debbie Abrahams, MP (Oldham)                 
12. Gavin Shuker, MP  (Luton)                          
13. Shabana Mahmood, MP Birmingham)         
14. Fiona Mctaggart , MP (Slough)                    
15. Kelvin Hopkins, MP (Luton)                        
16. Andrew Stephenson, MP (Pendle)                
17. Yasmin Qureshi, MP (Bolton)                                    
18. John Hemming, MP (Birmingham)   
19. Chris Leslie, MP (Nottingham)      
20. David Nuttall, MP (Bury)                        
21. George Galloway, MP (Bradford West)    
22. Vernon Coaker, MP (Gedling)                    
23. Simon Danczuk, MP (Rochdale)             
24. Stephen Timms, MP (EastHam)                 
25. Lucy Powell, MP (Manchester Central)
26. David Blunkett, MP (Sheffield)               
27. Ian Austin, MP (Dudley)
28. Steve Baker, MP (Wycombe)                     
29. Andrew Griffiths, MP (Burton)
30. Richard Harrington, MP (Watford)             
31. Jonathan Lord, MP (Woking)
32. Graham Stringer, MP (Manchester)            
33. Sarah Champion, MP (Rotherham)

JKLF branch members from London, Luton, Watford, Slough, Peterborough, Birmingham, Dudley, Nottingham, Manchester and Bradford have already made arrangement to arrive in London on the day. 

A seminar on the life and legacy of Maqbool Butt Shaheed will be held in the House of Lords (Room 1) at 6pm to commemorate his 29th death anniversary. JKLF Zonal president, Mr Azmat A. Khan and other Kashmiri leaders, Peers and Members of UK Parliament are expected to speak at the seminar to highlight world apathy towards the issue of Kashmir and debate the deteriorating human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.

Note for press: The petition will be handed in to the Indian High Commission, Aldwych, London at 2.00 pm. Those wanting to attend the seminar will need to arrive 1 hour early to obtain entry clearance to the Houses of Parliament.  

Press Secretary,
JKLF UK Zone                     
Web:            /           www.JKLF.ORG


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