Digital media campaign launched by Tehreek-e-Kashmir and Faizan-e-Islam in Manchester

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Manchester: A digital media campaign to highlight and draw the world attention towards the locked Indian in Jammu and Kashmir has been launched in Manchester. The Kashmir Solidarity March was jointly Organized by Fahim Kayani President Tehreek-e-Kashmir (TeK) UK, Raja Amjad Khan General Secretary All Parties International Kashmir Coordination Committee, Mufti Mohammed Naseer Ullah Naqshbandi and Shaykh Ghulam Rabbani of Faizan-e-Islam (FeI). Kashmir Solidarity March was held from All Saint Park to Manchester Arena during the Conservative Party Annual Conference 2019. Pakistani and Kashmiri community joined forces for the first time ever in the history of the UK with the People’s Assembly, Trade Union Council, Unite the Union, RMT, PCS, UNISON, NEU, GMB, Labor Party and others.

Member Parliament Kate Green inaugurated the digital media campaign for Kashmir. A digital van inscribed with the slogans like “Free Kashmir”, “Stop state terrorism in Kashmir”, “End Indian occupation in Kashmir “and Kashmir seeks attention. The digital van went across dozens of main points of Manchester city. Addressing On the occasion Kate Green said that the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir is worst. The actions of Indian government are complete breach of international law and the rights of the people of Kashmir as well. The MP said that digital campaign is a chance to say to the world that it is our obligation to bring peace, justice, freedom and self-determination for the people of IOJ&K. She further said that it is duty of world powers to resolve this issue , added that the UK can’t get away by saying that Pakistan and India should sort out this dispute once for all.

President Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK Fahim Kayani addressing on the occasion said that the people of Jammu and Kashmir are looking towards the mother of all democracies and it is moral responsibility of the London to put pressure on New Delhi to end human rights violations in Kashmir and allow the people of disputed area to exercise their right to self-determination to decide about their future. “The people of IOJ&K are being punished for the crime of right to self-determination which was given by the United Nations seven decades ago,” President TeK UK Kayani added.

Shaykh Rabbani of Faizan-e-Islam (FeI) said depriving the entire Kashmiri population of their right to freedom of expression, opinion and movement for an indefinite period as we are witnessing is like going back into the dark and stone ages. Rabbani said this ferocious act of clampdown is not just on the communication systems of Kashmir, or a breach of UN regulations, but it is a clampdown on the hearts and minds of nine million people of Kashmir who have been cut off from the rest of the world in this era of technology.

In attendance were MP Kate Green Shadow Minister, Julie Ward MEP, MP Afzal Khan ,Councilor Mohammed Iqbal Bolton , Cllr Mohammed Ayyub Bolton, Councillor Tahir Rafique from Bury, Cllr Mohammed Idrees Birmingham, Cllr Naeem Khan Manchester, Cllr Shaukat Ali Manchester, Cllr Yasmeen Dar Women Chairperson of JKSDMI, Mohammed Azam Vice Chaieman JKSDMI, Raja Amin JP RMT President Midlands Region, Crag Johnson Regional organiser Midlands Region RMT, Asia Hussain President BPWS UK, Naila Shareef, Zubeda Khan Chairperson Daughter of Kashmir, Ch Manzoor Hussain, Haji Bashir, Raja Mubbarik, Liaquat Ali, Sardar Aftab Khan, Sardar Ikhlaq Khan Adv, Mrs Rani Arif, Haji Raja Yaqoob Khan, Raja Javed Iqbal Ankarvi, Ch Abdul Malik, Hafiz Mohammed Idrees, Raja Abbas Khan, Qari Mohammed Amin and many others. Report by S M Irfan Tahir Photojournalist Member National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Great Britain.

Arif Qureshi is Editor Diplomatic News Magazine and Daily Online “The Fortress” He can be reached at arifqoreshi@gmail.com

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