Solidarity expressed with the Kashmiris at the British Parliament Kashmiris will soon be the master of their destiny: Syed Ibne Abbas

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A great expression of solidarity with the Kashmiri people was witnessed at a Seminar on Kashmir at the British House of Parliament on 09 February 2016. The seminar was jointly organized by All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG), on Third World Solidarity and the Pakistan High Commission London in connection with the “Kashmir Solidarity Day” which is observed every year on 5 February to demonstrate support for the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu & Kashmir.

A large number of British Lords, MPs, Mayors, Councillors and representatives of civil society and media attended the event and urged India to give the Kashmiri people their right to self-determination as promised by the United Nations. They also voiced deep concerns over atrocities and human rights violations in “Indian Occupied Kashmir” by the Indian security forces, and demanded immediate halt to these violations.

In his remarks on the occasion, H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK said that Pakistan would continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the cause of self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He said that the Kashmiri people were being denied fundamental human rights i.e. right to self-determination, by India for more than six decades.

The High Commissioner said: “Things are changing in the world at a very fast pace. No one can keep 15 million Kashmiri people in shackles any more. The Kashmiris would soon be the master of their destiny.”

The speakers, among others, included Sir Gerald Kaufman MP, Dave Anderson MP and Chair APPG on Third World Solidarity, Lord Nazir Ahmed, Lord Qurban Hussain, Naz Shah MP, renowned journalist and writer Victoria Schofield and Kashmiri leader Raja Nijabat Hussain.

Mushtaq Lasharie, Chair Third World Solidarity, moderated the seminar.

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