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Thursday, 14 November 2013

Seminar in House of Lords by “Nations Without States"

JKLF delegation participated in the Seminar titled “Denial of Self-Determination & Human Rights to Small Nations in Commonwealth States” held in House of Lords organised by “Nations Without States”. The purpose of the seminar was to highlight the plight of oppressed nations within Commonwealth & was attended by many representatives of organisations struggling for their right of self-determination.  

JKLF delegation included London Branch President Mahmood Faiz, Senior Vice President of JKLF UK Zone Councillor Mahmood Hussain and JKLF UK Zone Executive Committee Member Tariq Sharif.

While speaking on the Kashmir issue at this occasion, JKLF London Branch President Mahmood Faiz who represents Kashmir on “Nations Without States” board said that Jammu Kashmir State has been kept under occupation since last over 6 decades despite many promises by the founders of both India and Pakistan. Jammu Kashmir was a sovereign state at the time British Raj ended in sub-continent but was shortly occupied by the neighbouring countries. Mahmood Faiz said that situation in Indian Occupied part of Jammu Kashmir is very grim where Indian Army is using all methods to suppress the poplar voice of freedom. He said that rape and arson are being used by the Indian armed forces as a method of oppression. Mahmmod Faiz said that India Army has absolute power under draconian Armed Force Special Powers Act (AFSPA) which means they are not accountable for any heinous crime they commit.  He further said that “Nations Without States” is a great platform to speak & march together in one united voice until we are free.

Jagdish Singh, founding member of “Nations Without States” during his speech praised the role of JKLF and said that it is the only indigenous movement in the divided Jammu State struggle for the reunification and complete independence.

The seminar was also addressed by Dr Jawad Malla, Graham Williamsonm, Yogalingam Sockalingam, Bernard Dube, Mehrab Baloch, Hakeem Wadhela, Lakhu Luhana, Doris Jones & Robert Tamanji.

Press Secretary,
JKLF London Branch

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