Demographic changes in Kashmir is a matter of serious concern, says Kashmiri diaspora

London: The Kashmiri diaspora leadership headed by Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo held a press conference in London highlighting the urgency that the international community should forestall India’s plan to convert Muslim majority in occupied Kashmir into a Hindu majority. Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, through a PowerPoint demonstration briefed the media that BJP is running campaign through both electronic and print media (including hoardings) throughout India in terms – “Your vote for BJP will bring you land in Kashmir.” This is the bedrock of the BJP manifesto.

Zubair Awan, the Chairman Kashmir Youth Assembly, in his opening remarks stated that the intended demographic change in Indian administrated Kashmir is a matter of serious concern, therefore, needs to be addressed on urgent basis. He compared this with Palestine & Israel situation. He further hoped that the British politicians, from all sides, will stand with the Kashmiris for their just cause.

The joint press conference was organized by South Asia Centre for Peace and Human Rights (SACFPHR), International Commission for Human Rights (ICHR), International Muslim Women’s Union (IMWU), International Human Rights Association of American Minorities (IHRAAM) and Kashmir Youth Assembly.

The Indian state is currently holding its Lok Sabha (Lower House of the Indian Parliament) elections. Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) which is ruling India has made it an election pledge to change the demography of occupied Kashmir by abrogating Articles 35A and 370 of the Indian Constitution. These articles accord special status to IOK and strictly prohibit any non-state subject to buy land in the territory.

He pin-pointed various BJP’s poster messages such as “A fitting response to terrorism – Article 370 and 35A to be annulled”, “Hindu ahead campaign – Land in Kashmir”, “BJP’s no to Art 35A”, “Easy way to delete Articles 370 and 35A – Simply cut them with scissors”, “Campaign to abolish Article 370 – for a safer India, united India, happier India” and “Kashmir free from freedom struggle”. He said that all this was shocking.

Barrister Tramboo revealed that during the five-year rule of BJP in New Delhi, the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir has fallen below the basic humanity norms. He presented the following figures of atrocities during the above period for media’s attention. Barrister Tramboo remarked that Jammu and Kashmir is an UN-recognized disputed territory and the Kashmiri people have to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination to decide their political future. He pointed out that India has persistently denied this right and now it its game plan is demographic change.

He said the international community together with all the stakeholders (including US, UK, China, Russia and France) particularly the government of Pakistan and inter-governmental organizations such as the United Nations, European Union, Commonwealth, African Union and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation must intervene before it is too late.

Yasir Ahmed, Secretary General of Kashmir Youth Assembly, appealed the media to play their role in highlighting this nefarious design of BJP, ensuring proper coverage to stop India from this heinous act.

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