Glasgow: Hundreds of Scottish Kashmirs and Pakistanis took to the streets in Scotland to condemn the rising human rights violations in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJK). The protesters while carrying the flags of Kashmir shouted full throat slogans against Indian brutalities and urged the world community to end the curfew that was imposed by India on August 5 to cage the more than 8 million innocent people. The protest was jointly organized by Scottish Human Rights Forum and Tehreek -e- Kashmir (TeK) Scotland.
Alison Thewliss member of British Parliament Glasgow Central, Ansar Sarwar Member of Scottish Parliament, Pauline McNeil Member of Scottish Parliament, President TeK Fahim Kayani , Muhammad Hanif Raja president TeK Scotland and Dr Javed Gill Chairman Scottish Human Rights Forum led the Kashmir Solidarity March. While addressing the protesters Alison Thewliss MP said that they will continue to support Kashmiris right of self-determination saying world should take the notice of rising human rights violations in IOJK.
Ansar Sarwar MSP said United Nations must come forward to give Kashmiris right of self-determination who has been fighting since long for the basic rights denied by Indian government. Abrogation of Article 370 by Indian government was a bid to pave the way to genocide in IOJK where India has already deployed 9 lakh troops more than the armies of all European countries.
Pauline McNeil MSP said that stories coming from IOJK are horrible and world human rights organisations must come forward and take the notice of continous 50 days long curfew and arrests of political prisoners in IOJK.
President TeK UK Fahim Kayani said that they are in Scotland to show solidarity with the oppressed people of IOJK who have suffered more than 70 years under brutal Indian occupation, subjugation and oppression. To stand with the people of Indian occupied Kashmir means that stand with humanity, stand for justice and stand for freedom of speech and equality.
Kayani hailed the Scotish Kashmiris and Pakistanis for coming out on roads amid heavy raining to support the people of IOJK. Dr Javed Gill Chairman Scottish Human Rights Forum said that world powers should put pressure on India to lift the curfew in IOJK. Dr Gill further said that children have no milk and food available in IOJK which is the worst kind of human rights violations.
Muhammaf Hanif Raja President TeK Scotland and organizer of the protest thanked Scottish Kashmiris and Pakistanis for taking part in the anti- India protest to send a message of solidarity to the people in IOJK. He said they will contine to stage anti-India protests across Scotland till the curfew is lifted in Kashmir Valley.