Manchester , Hundreds of British Kashmiris and Pakistanis took to the streets to condemn the continuous lockdown of 9 million people in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K) in Manchester outside the Conservative party conference on Sunday. Member European Parliament MEP Julie Ward, Member British Parliament MP Afzal Khan and President Tehreek-e-Kashmir Europe and United Kingdom (UK) Muhammad Ghalib and Fahim Kayani.
Freedom March for IOJ&K started from All Saints Park to Manchester Arena. Amid heavy rain women, children and elderly people joined the Freedom March. British Kashmiris March was held alongside the anti- Austerity March organised by the People’s Assembly. First time in the history of UK local community white British community marched alongside with the Kashmiris Freedom March.
On the occasion MEP Julie Ward said that it is time for world community to come forward and put pressure on India to stop rising human rights violations in IOJ&K saying in this era of technology the people in Kashmir have no access to telephone and internet. How largest democracy of the world has pushed the Kashmiris in old age which is unfortunate and condemnable.
“ Political leaders and human rights activists are in jails and nobody knows about their whereabouts which is the worst kind of human rights violations being committed by Indian occupational forces in Kashmir,” MEP Ward added.
Afzal Khan MP said that Kashmiris have long history of sacrifices and now it is time that world must speak for the basic rights of IOJ&K people saying Kashmiris have suffered a lot during their political and rights struggle which is genuine and as per the spirit of United Nations (UN).
“ I appeal the world community to come forward and take action against illegal steps taken by Indian government in IOJ&K with the intention to change its demography. Such acts would put the peace and security of South Asia region at stake,” MP Khan added.
President TeK UK Fahim Kayani said that 60 days have passed and there is no food , milk and other essential commodities available in IOJ&K.
“ Patients are facing acute shortage of medicines while all schools and colleges in the area are closed since August 5 following the abrogation of special status of IOJ&K,” President TeK UK added.
Kayani further said that more than 13000 people have been arrested by Indian Army in Kashmir and nobody knows about their whereabouts. The parents of arrested youth are running from pillar to post to meet their incarcerated children.
President TeK Europe Muhammad Ghalib said while addressing the protesters that Kashmiris have been caged by Indian government to silent them saying but they will never surrender and they have decided to achieve their right of self-determination goal.
He appealed the United Nations UN to take the notice against the rising human rights violations in IOJ&K and implement the seven decades old resolutions passed by world community under the banner of UN.