Seminar in British Parliament held to mark the death anniversary of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru
Speaking at the Seminar, the the leader of the Respect Party, George Galloway MP, the most outspoken critic of Isreali atrocities said that he was astounded to hear the plight of the mothers whose sons have been buried in secret. "
The host of the seminar, Raja Najabat Hussain of the Kashmir Self-determination Movement echoed their sentiments and thanked members of parliament for their support and said that Kashmiri people should not feel that they alone or no one is listening to them.
A human rights campaigner and lecturer of International Politics at the
JKLF president in UK , Azmat Khan, highlighting Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru's struggle for their nation and for the dream of independent Kashmir said that Maqbool Butt was let down by his friends such as Farooq Abdullah and Muzafar Baig in his hour of need but now Indian parliamentarians and other human rights champions have started to speak out against the injustice done to them. He said Maqbool Butt, who was charged as a Indian agent by Pakistan and ironically India hanged him for the being 'enemy agent', was a visionary leader who had no opportunity to defend his case in courts but knew that his hanging would wake up his nation. He said that Afzal Guru, was a simple follower of Maqbool Butt's dream and was hanged because
needed a scapegoat.
A film maker, Talat But, screened a documentary on the plight of Maqbool Butt's ailing mother and her last wish to see his son buried in
Kashmir. A Rochdale Councillor,
Dalat Ali and London Councillor Mehmood Hussain questioned the legal process to
claim their mortal remains and called on the Indian and international human
rights organization as well as Paksitani government and NGO's to intervene to
end the agony of Kashmiri mothers. Among other speakers were several Kashmiri
women including Ms Sarah Quyyum, Miss Saima Yousaf who paid rich tribute to the
Kashmiri martyrs and called on world community to do more for Kashmir.
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