Birmingham, July 15 (KMS): British Kashmiris men, women and children assembled at Victoria Square in front of Lord Mayor`s office in Birmingham to join the rally organised to pay tribute to all Kashmiri martyrs with special reference to the brutality of the autocratic Dogra ruler on 13th of July 1931.

Kashmiri representative, Professor Nazir Ahmad Shawl, who is also Chairman of South Asia Centre for Peace and Human Rights, on the occasion paid glowing tributes to the martyrs. He reiterated that the supreme sacrifices of the martyrs would be honored by completing the noble mission.

He emphasized that the echo of the sacrifices was being heard in different fora. “The remarks of UN Secretary General echoing UN high commissioner’s report and calling it the voice of UN is a slap in Indian brutal face,” he said and declared, “We have to remain firm as our right to self determination is non-negotiable.”

Stewart Richards, President of Anti-War Coalition, expressed his solidarity and support to the self determination struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Hurriyat leader and Secretary General of Kashmir Tehreeki Khawateen, Shamim Shawl called 13th July a memorable day and an important milestone in the history of Kashmir.

Mohammed Ghalib, President of Tehreek-e-Kashmir Europe asked the participants to register their protest with the elected members of the parliament and councils and keep them informed about the latest human rights situation in occupied Kashmir.

Fahim Kiani, President of Tehreeki-e-Kashmir, UK, spoke about the militarization of the occupied state which is the highest militarized area of the world.

Najeeb Afsar, member of the organising committee, concluded the programme by thanking the participants. Others, who spoke at the function included Khawja Suleiman and Zafar Qureshi.

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