KC-EU holds candlelight vigil in Brussels to show solidarity with IIOJK people

Brussels, February 05 (KMS): The Kashmir Council Europe (KC-EU) organized a candlelight vigil in Brussels, the capital of Belgium, to express solidarity with the oppressed people of Indian illegally occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).

The programme was held on Friday evening (4th February) in connection with the Kashmir Solidarity Day at the European Squire in front of Central Station in Brussels. A large number of people from all walks of life showed their interest and asked questions about the situation in the occupied territory. A video about IIOJK was also screened on a wider screen on the occasion.

The KCEU Chairman, Ali Raza Syed said, “We came here to express solidarity with the oppressed people of Kashmir suffering from Indian brutalities.”

He condemned the atrocities and genocide of Kashmiris committed by Indian forces and paid glowing tribute to the brave people of Kashmir struggling for their right to self-determination.

About genocide in occupied Kashmir, he gave the example of a Kashmiri youth, who in 2003 in a very young age mistakenly crossed the Line of Control (LoC) from Azad Jammu and Kashmir to IIOJK but was arrested by the Indian forces. The forces killed him in a fake encounter in December last year after a long prison without any trial.

He also talked about human rights defenders, Khurram Parvez and Muhammad Ahsan Untoo and journalist Sajjad Gul, who are in prison for raising human rights violations by Indian troops in IIOJK.

Ali Raza Syed said, “We will continue our support to the people of Kashmir till resolution of the Kashmir dispute. People of Kashmir are struggling peacefully for the right to self-determination and there should be a plebiscite under the supervision of the United Nations to make clear the political fate of the disputed territory.

He pointed out that deployment of over eight lac Indian troops in IIOJK is a proof of brutal occupation as large scale human rights violations are being committed by these forces.

He demanded of the UN and EU put pressure on India to stop its state terrorism in IIOJK and settle the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations.

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