British Kashmiris stage anti-India protest in Birmingham

Birmingham, October 18 (KMS): Tehreek-e-Kashmir, UK, held an anti-India and pro-Kashmir freedom protest outside the Indian Consulate in Birmingham.

Hundreds of Kashmiris, Pakistanis and global human rights activists attended the protest.

The protesters gathered to express solidarity with the Kashmiris. They raised slogans like “Stop killings in Kashmir”, “We want freedom”, Indian army out” and “Free Kashmir.”

The protesters condemned the rising arrests and killings of civilians in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

On the occasion the President of TeK, UK, Raja Fahim Kayani said that extrajudicial killing of five civilians in fake encounters was the worst kind of human rights violations in IIOJK.

“Indian forces detained more than 1,500 Kashmiris in two days during the first week of October and levelled false charges against them under one of the India’s blackest laws, Public Safety Act (PSA). The recent crackdown in IIOJK was the biggest ever over decades. The Indian government used the same black law to arrest youth. The PSA was also delclared “as a black law” by Amnesty International in 2010 and under this law anyone can be sent to jail for two yeras without any trial,” Kayani added.

He further said that Kashmiris across the globe and in UK will continue to raise the voice to condemn the continued state terrorism in IIOJK.

“Life has been made so miserable for the Kashmiris in IIOJK. There are more women victims than men as most Kashmiri mothers lost their sons, brothers and husbands in fake encounters of the Indian troops.

Disappearances of Kashmiri youth at the hands of Indian troops left thousands of widows and half widows in IIOJK. The Indian troops are enjoying impunity since Armed Forces Special Powers Act (AFSPA) known as license to kill and molest women was implemented in 1990s to suppress Kashmiris political struggle.

Kayani urged the world to unite against India and focus on the atrocities being commited by Indian troops in IIOJK since 1989.

At the moment minorities, especially Pundits are being killed by Indian troops to give plebiscite struggle a bad name aimed at defaming Kashmiris political struggle at global level.

The President of TeK, Europe, Muhammad Ghalib addressing the protesters said that it was time to remind the United Nations their role against India’s Hindutva fascist regime and if they continue to keep silence on the issue, India’s Hindu supremacist ideology will become more dangerous for minorities and oppressed people of Indian occupied Kashmir.

Kashmiris need to educate the world how to deal with India by exposing it to save humanity and their political rights, Ghalib added. He said overseas Kashmiris across the globe, Europe and in UK will continue to raise voice against the Indian state terrorism in IIOJK.

Mr Gilbert from Stop the War Coalition, Khawaja Muhammed Suleiman, founding member of TeK, UK, Mufti Abdul Majeed Nadeem, Vice President of TeK, UK, Qamar Abbas, President of TeK, Birmingham, Azam Farooq, Genenral Secretary of TeK, Midlands, Maulana Muhammad Sajjad, Sardar Muhammed Aftab advocate, Vice President of TeK, UK, Muhammad Ikram, former Vice President of TeK, Spain, Yousaf Farooq, President of TeK, Youth, UK, Rana Rabnawaz, President of TeK, West Midlands, Dr Khurram Bashir, Vice President of Pakistan Coordination Council, Raja Javed Iqbal, Chairman Haroonia Mosque, Naila Azmat of Stop the War Coalition, Khawaja Muhammed Arif, famous Kashmiri poet, Muhammad Munir, Vice President of TeK Birmingham, Qari Tayyab and other political leaders also strongly condemned the extrajudicial killings of Kashmiris by the Indian forces and the arrest of over 1500 Kashmiris on false charges in one of the biggest ever-crackdowns in Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir.