London: The Members of British Parliament and Lords, leading Kashmiri diaspora community, All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) representative, AJK President Masood Khan, AJK Chairman Public Accounts Committee Abdul Rashid Turabi, Human rights activists, representatives of civil society unanimously at International Kashmir Conference in London condemned the human rights violations by Indian security forces in the Kashmir and urged the International community to act practically before it is too late. They added that the Kashmiris looked up to the United Nations and International community to push for a permanent solution of the Kashmir dispute.
The historic International Kashmir Conference was hosted by Fahim Kayani President Tehreek-e-Kashmir United Kingdom and Chaired by Jess Phillips MP at the Committee Room 12 House of Commons London. More than 40 MP participated in the conference. The keynote Speakers were AJK president Sardar Masood Khan, President Abdul Rashid Turabi MLA, Chairman Public Accounts Committee, Altaf Ahmed Bhat Senior Leader All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC), Tom Watson MP Deputy Leader of Labour Party & Ex Defence Minister of the United Kingdom, Jonathan Lord MP, Liam Byrne MP, Cheryl Gillan MP, Paula Sharif MP, John Cryer MP, Lisa Forbes MP, Steve McCabe MP, Kate Hollern MP , Steve Baker MP, Rupa Huq MP, Valerie Vaz MP, Tracy Brabin MP , Liz McInnes MP, Imran Hussain MP, Afzal Khan MP, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi MP, Muhammad Yaseen MP, Naz Shah MP , Shabana Mahmood MP , Rosie Duffield MP , john Speller MP , Colleen Fletcher MP , Jim McCahon MP , Judith Cummins MP , Kerry McCarthyMP , Stella Gracey MP, Roger Gadsiff MP, Uzma Rasool, Asia Hussain and others.
Addressing on the occasion The AJK president warned of a genocide-in-the-making in the occupied valley and urged the international community to build pressure on New Delhi to avoid a bloodbath and adhere to the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution. President Masood added that the occupying forces conducted routine search operations to harass Kashmiris citizens. President Masood Khan thanked the Labour Party’s Deputy Leader for and the Labour Party for passing an emergency motion in a recent party conference.
Altaf Ahmed Bhat Senior Leader All Parties Hurriyat Conference (APHC) and Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) said the Kashmiris wanted basic rights and sought implementation of the right to self-determination promised by the UNSC. He demanded the international community to play role in releasing political prisoners, civilians, human rights activists and end the information and communication blackout. “Kashmiris have given generations to this cause – every family has suffered a loss due to Indian brutality. Every mother, sister, and daughter has a painful story to tell. We have been suffering for the past seven decades,” bhat added.
Thomas Anthony Watson, the Labor party leader expressed strong and unequivocal solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir; he conveyed his deep concern over the ongoing punitive communications blockade in the occupied territory. The Kashmir issue was “difficult and complex, but that was no reason for the international community to ignore human rights and humanitarian crisis in Kashmir. A former Defence Minister, Mr. Watson said that he was worried by the presence of one million Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and the nuclear capability of India and Pakistan.
AJK Chairman Public Accounts Committee Abdul Rashid Turabi also highlighted how Indian state terrorism had separated thousands of families by forcing Kashmiris to migrate since 1947. Turabi further said New Delhi was putting the entire South Asian region at risk by delaying the settlement. “It is the responsibility of the global community, including Britain, to pressurize India for a permanent solution.”