World must act now on Kashmir, say British parliamentarians
London/Islamabad (TP) October 21, 2019: Two more members of the British Parliament have condemned the lockdown and continuous curfew in the Indian Occupied Jammu Kashmir and Ladakh (IOJK&L).
Speaking at a session arranged by the Kashmiri Diaspora in London to highlight the current situation in the held Kashmir, MPs Matt Rodda and Dr Phillips Lee also supported the Kashmiris right of self-determination. Matt Rodda said that it is unfortunate that the people of Kashmir are under continuous curfew for the last 77 days, saying he will continue to raise the voice for the voiceless people of IOJK&L, said a press release issued here.
“In this era of technology, mobile phone and internet is the need of the hour and I was shocked to learn that nine million people in IOJK&L have no cell phone and internet facility that was shut down by the Indian government since August 5, following the abrogation of special status of Kashmir,” MP Rodda added.
Dr Phillips Lee said that the world will now have to listen to the Kashmiris who want the right to self-determination under the United Nations resolutions.
Azad Kashmir President Sardar Masood Khan thanked the MPs for supporting the Kashmir cause and appealed to the world community to come forward and save South Asia’s peace that has been put at stake by the Indian government while caging the nine million innocent people in IOJK&L.
President Khan said that India is hoodwinking the world on the IOJK&L situation. “If there is normalcy, then why schools and colleges are closed sand why services of mobile phones and the internet are shut in the region. This is the biggest lie of the century that the situation in IOJK&L is normal,” President Khan added.
He urged the world community to come forward and settle IOJK&L as per the wishes of Kashmiri people for durable peace in South Asian.
AJK Chairman Public Accounts Committee Abdur Rashid Turabi said that India has arrested the entire leadership in IOJK&L that shows how New Delhi government’s writ exists in the disputed area and how they enjoy the mass support in the streets of the occupied area.
“Kashmiris are fighting as per the UN resolutions and the world community should take notice of human rights abuses and come with a final will for a permanent settlement of the Kashmir dispute,” Turabi added.
Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Salvation Movement (JKSM) and senior Hurriyat leader Altaf Ahmad Bhat said that Kashmiris suffered a lot for the last 77 days and fruit and handicrafts industries have suffered $2 billion dollars loss while more than 0.5 million people have lost their jobs.
“The world must know that how India spreads lies in the name of Kashmir that Article 370 was abrogated for the socio-economic development of the IOJK&L while the fact is that Kashmiris have rejected this decision and preferred to remain inside their homes to send an open message to the world that the fraudulent Indian democracy snatched their statehood on August 5. Kashmiris are fighting for complete freedom from the Indian rule,” Bhat added.
President Tehreek-e-Kashmir Raja Fahim Kayani said that Kashmiris’ voices are now echoed in every city and village of the UK saying the UK should use its available channels to put pressure on the Indian government to lift the 77 days continuous curfew that has crippled the lives of 9 million people who are now facing utility and medicine shortages while children have no access to milk and other basic commodities. Patients are dying as there is no medicine in hospitals, he said.
“The Indian government led by Modi is committing war crimes against humanity in IOJK&L and the UK must take the notice of inhuman acts of Indian military which is behind the sufferings of innocent Kashmiris. It is Indian army that continuously violates ceasefire agreement on the Line of Control while targeting civilians in AJK side,” President TeK Kayani added.
Others who spoke included Mohiuddin Dar, Raja Shakel, Mian M Saleem, Vice President Liberal Democrats Councillor Tahir Maher, Conservative Councillor Abdul Loyes and Wokingham Borough Council Chaudhry Manzoor Hussain.
All the speakers condemned the rising human rights violations in IOJK&L, civilian killings on LoC and urged the world powers to send the fact-finding missions to IOJK&L to assess the ground reality.