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Kashmir issue: Protest outside Indian Consulate in Birmingham

Kashmir issue: Protest outside Indian Consulate in Birmingham
August 10, 2019
LONDON (92 News) – As the curfew in Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK) continues, hundreds of Pakistanis and Kashmiris in the UK protested against the abrogation of the special status of the disputed valley near the Consulate General of India Birmingham. People from all walks of life participated in the protest which was organised by Tehreek-e-Kashmir (TeK) UK and chanted anti-India and pro-freedom slogans. Addressing the protest, TeK UK President Raja Fahim Kayani said, “The people of Britain will not rest until Kashmir is liberated from Indian occupation and genocide perpetrators are punished. Hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris have been killed in a ‘dirty war’ waged by the Hindutva forces only to quell legitimate their self-determination movement.” Occupied Kashmir has been under an unprecedented lockdown since August 5, when India revoked a special constitutional status dating back nearly 70 years. Pakistan, China and other regional leaders have warned of a backlash in the area. Condemned India’s move to revoke Kashmir’s autonomy, Kayani said, “The abrogation of the special status of IoK is an act of ultimate aggression. India’s decision is part of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and MS Golwalkar ideologies that ensure the Muslims of India remain a second-class citizenry.” Kayani added such attempts were an open contravention of the United Nations (UN) resolutions on Kashmir which prohibit any unilateral action to change the disputed nature of the Kashmir state. “Indian government has announced Kashmir is no longer a disputed territory and will be merged with India. This will mean an end to the 70-year struggle for Kashmiris right of self-determination. It is time the world powers must realise that the right-wing agenda in India is paving a way to further the military conflict with Pakistan and China.” TeK Europe President Muhammad Ghalib said that the decision comes alongside the deployment of 50,000 additional Indian soldiers into the already heavily militarized area. Residents have been cut off from the rest of the world with internet and mobile connections suspended. He said tourists have been asked to leave the area, and a strict curfew has been imposed. These actions represent an unprecedented escalation in hostility in the region and further infringement of the human rights of Kashmiri’s. This is a humanitarian crisis, with residents living in fear of imminent genocide. Ghalib urged the world powers to take serious note of this grim situation and help Kashmiris to be rescued from the cruel and barbaric clutches of India. Former Member British Parliament George Galloway also joined the protesters and asked India to stop rising human rights violations in IOK. He also demanded plebiscite for Kashmiris. Latter protesters presented a resolution to Consulate General of India to immediately lift curfew from IOK and stop human rights violations in the region.