London: Freedom seeker leader, Altaf Ahmed Bhat while addressing an international conference said that India had strangled economy of occupied Kashmir by imposing lockdown for the last six months. He said that schools, colleges, universities and hospitals were closed. Altaf Butt said that Narendra Modi and the Indian Army Chief had created a war-like atmosphere in occupied Kashmir and the Line of Control that could take the form of any nuclear war thereby putting the peace of not only South Asia but the whole world would be at risk.
The conference was organized by the Tehreek-e-Kashmir, UK, at the British parliament. The chief guests of the conference were President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan, and president of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM), Altaf Ahmed Butt. More than 50 British Members of Parliament participated in the conference. The majority of the Conservative Party at a Kashmir Conference in London called upon the Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi to end lockdown and atrocities in occupied Kashmir.
President of Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) said that ninety-five-year-old Kashmir leader; Syed Ali Gilani had been locked up in the house for the past ten years while Shabbir Ahmad Shah, Muhammad Yasin Malik, Aasiya Andrabi and Zafar Akbar Butt had been kept in prisons.
The AJK President, Sardar Masood Khan, addressing the conference, said that India, under Modi’s fascist philosophy, is beating the war drums while Pakistan is showing patience. He maintained that Pakistan and Kashmiris want a peaceful and lasting solution of the Kashmir dispute as per the United Nations resolutions, global agreements and Indian commitments. He said that Indian war-mongering intentions were putting the security and peace of the whole south Asia in jeopardy and it was the collective responsibility of the international community to intervene in this situation.
He further said, if Britain plays an effective role as a permanent member of the UN Security Council, a breakthrough could be achieved regarding the settlement of the Kashmir dispute. No country has reacted to the situation that India has created in the last six months, however, parliamentarians from different countries have publicly raised their voice over the tense and serious situation, he said, adding peace in the world requires that the Kashmir solution be addressed. Mohammed Ghalib, President of Tehreek-e-Kashmir Europe said that with a huge number of participation of British MPs, it is a clear message to Modi that the people of Kashmir were not alone in their liberation struggle.
The conference was moderated by Member of Parliament and Vice-Chairman of All Parties Kashmir Group, Paul Bristow. Chairperson of All Parties Kashmir Group Member of Parliament Debbie Ibrahim, Member of Parliament Steve Baker, Marco Longhi. Afzal Khan, Yasmin Qureshi, Lord Kurban, Valerie Vaz, Ms Philips, M Khalid Mirza, President Tehreek-e-Kashmir Europe Mohammad Ghalib, President TeK UK Raja Fahim Kayani Zubaida Khan, Chairperson of the Daughter of Kashmir and a large number of MPs, Councilors and community leaders addressed the conference. While It was the first conference since the British elections in which almost fifty members of parliament attended and expressed their views.
President Tehreek-e-Kashmir, UK Raja Fahim Kayani thanked Member of Parliament Paul Bristow for helping in organizing the conference.