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Wednesday, 13 March 2013

JKLF in UK has called for a fresh enquiry


Press Release: 2nd March, 2013

Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF) in UK has called for a fresh enquiry by the United Kingdom Parliamentary Foreign Affairs Committee to consider new steps towards a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir issue and to help curb human rights excesses in all parts of Jammu-Kashmir. JKLF president in UK, Azmat A Khan, has made this request through the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir, Lord Ahmed. Six years ago the Foreign Affairs Committee in London held such an enquiry but the JKLF claim that it was inconclusive as the Kashmiri input was not invited.
Manchester based JKLF president, Azmat Khan, has said that he was disappointed with a recent response received from the Foreign Office Minister, Hugo Swire MP, regarding the deteriorating and human and civil rights situation in occupied Kashmir. In a letter to JKLF president, the British foreign office minister, Hugo Swire, said that he “recognised that there were human rights concerns in both sides of Kashmir” and that the British government was closely monitoring the developments through High Commissions in New Delhi and Islamabad but did not say what his office was prepared to do about the abuses Mr Khan had highlighted in his original letter. UK’s Foreign Office Minister, Hugo Swires, in his written response, also noted that the finding of the Amnesty International report on detentions made under PSA and AFSA law in Indian occupied Kashmir were raised by his High Commission official in New Delhi with the J&K police and human rights groups.
JKLF leaders in UK say that recent arbitrary arrests and extra-judicial killings along with long prison sentences to their party leaders in Indian occupied Kashmir point to the fact that there was no pressure from any concerned foreign government on India and that UK government is failing in its international obligation to help firmly deal with human rights perpetrators.  JKLF president has said that he has written similar letters to Pakistani Foreign Minister, Hina Rabbani Khar, but Pakistani minister is yet to respond to their suggestions regarding an international inquiry. Azmat Khan said that he was hopeful that British Foreign Affairs Committee would undertake a fresh inquiry which would help in formalising a road map towards renewed dialogue and the demilitarisation of Jammu-Kashmir.  
The JKLF president in UK, Azmat Khan, said that there was a widespread feeling of disappointment in Kashmir when the British prime minister, David Cameron, failed to raise the issue of human rights in Kashmir during his recent visit to India, despite parliamentary assurances from his ministers. He said that while he was happy that EU-India human rights dialogue included the demand to ratify the Rome Statute of the International Criminal Court but there was too slow and very little progress thus far, which means that at least 500 hundreds perpetrators of atrocities in J & K were not going to be prosecuted under Indian law any time soon. He said that JKLF will continue to push British government to play its role in persuading India  to adhere to international laws and implement the recommendations made by UN Special Rapporteur, Christof Heyns, on extrajudicial, summary or arbitrary arrests and executions in Jammu Kashmir. JKLF is also calling for a fresh resolution in the UN since Pakistan is chairing the UN Security Council this month to consider international security issues.

Additional Press Secretary, 
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