Date: 11 February, 2016
His Excellency, Mr. Navtej Sarna
High Commissioner of India
India House, London
Dear High Commissioner
We are demonstrating here today to express our deep concerns over the continued human rights violations in Jammu Kashmir along with the denial of internationally pledged right of self-determination to the people of forcibly divided Jammu-Kashmir. In particular, we are concerned that your government has introduced draconian laws in Jammu Kashmir to suppress freedom of expression and our democratic right to protest against and oppose these laws. We are concerned that the chairman of JKLF, Yasin Malik, along with many other Kashmiri leader are routinely arrested and imprisoned without any charge and their right to movement and public gathering is curtailed by the use of heavy police or military personnel.
We are here to protest against the forced disappearance and false imprisonment of thousands of Kashmiri youth, many of whom have been ordered to be released by courts but the puppet state government has failed to comply with court orders.
We would also like to draw the world attention to a case of repatriation of mortal remains of the Kashmiri independence leader, Maqbool Butt, who wrongfully executed by Indian government 31 years ago on 11th February 1984, despite international pleas for clemency, and buried inside Tihar jail, without allowing his immediate family to claim his body.
11 February is marked as a Black Day in Kashmir every year and thousands of Kashmiris take out processions and protest rallies to mark his death anniversary, including UK Kashmiris who are once again protesting and demanding the return of his mortal remains for a proper burial in Kashmir.
Last year we presented to your office a signed petition by over 6 dozen members of the UK and European Parliament including, members of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir, supporting the call for return of Maqbool Butt’s mortal remains to his family but we have had no response from your government so far.
We enclose a copy of the signed petition again for your perusal with the hope that you will not ignore our plea on this occasion.
Yours sincerely ;
President, Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (UK)
Shoukat Maqbool Butt – Son of Late Maqbool Butt