Kashmir Conference held in British Parliament

London, October 27 (KMS): The British Parliament will conduct a Parliamentary Enquiry on human rights violations in occupied Kashmir from 14th December, 2017.

This was announcement by Chairman of the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir in the UK Parliament, Chris Leslie (MP), during a Kashmir Conference held in the Parliament. The conference organized by Jammu and Kashmir Self-Determination Movement International (JKSDMI) in collaboration with the Pakistani High Commission in London was chaired by Barrister Imran Hussain (MP) and Vice Chairman of APPG on Kashmir. It was attended by more than 20 parliamentarians of both the Houses and all parties. Executive Director of Kashmir Media Service, Sheikh Tajammul-ul-Islam, and Pakistani Deputy High Commissioner, Zahid Hafeez, participated in the conference as special guests.

Chairman APPG on Kashmir, Chris Leslie (MP), said that the Kashmir Group would start Parliamentary Enquiry on human rights violations in occupied Kashmir from 14th December, 2017 and its findings would be presented to the parliament, British Government and United Nations to act upon. He assured the British Kashmiris that new officials of the APPG on Kashmir will prove their words in action. “We will try to raise our voice strongly now,” he added. Chris Leslie praised the efforts of the Jammu and Kashmir Self-Determination Movement International team led by Raja Najabat Hussain and promised to work closely with them.

The JKSDMI Chairman, Raja Najabat Hussain, welcomed the parliamentarians and community leaders from different walks of life. He briefed the participants about the Founding Day of Azad Kashmir Government (24th October) and the Kashmir Black Day (27th October). India had invaded Jammu and Kashmir on October 27 in 1947 and illegally occupied it in total violation of the Partition Plan of Subcontinent and against the aspirations of the Kashmiri people. Raja Najabat Hussain asked the British government to raise the Kashmir dispute at the UN Security Council and other international forums to represent the one million British Kashmiris living in the UK.

The Parliamentarians who attended the conference included Lord Nazir Ahmad, Lord Qurban Hussain, Lord Timothy Kirkhope, Shadow Treasury Secretary Rebbeca Long-Bailey, Shadow Foreign Office Minister Liz McInnes, Shadow Justice Minister Barrister Yasmin Qureshi, Naz Shah, Mohammed Yasin, Ruth Smeeth, Shadow Immigration Minister Afzal Khan, Tony Lloyd, Main Faisal Rashid, Jim McMahon, Graham Jones, Gareth Jones, Jeff Smith and Andrew Gwynne.

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