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Pakistan to continue support just struggle of Kashmiris

(London Post – PR) H.E. Syed Ibne Abbas, Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK has said that Pakistan will continue to extend moral, political and diplomatic support to the just struggle of people of the Jammu and Kashmir for their right to self determination according to the United Nations resolutions. The High Commissioner was speaking at a seminar on “Human Rights in Kashmir” held in connection with the Kashmir Black Day which is observed every year on 27 October to protest against illegal occupation of Kashmir by India. The seminar was organized by All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Third World Solidarity in collaboration with the Pakistan High Commission London at the British Parliament yesterday.

While expressing their solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir, the British Parliamentarians and other speakers urged India to give the Kashmiri people their right to self determination according to the UN resolutions. They also voiced deep concerns over violations of human rights of the Kashmiri people by the Indian security forces and emphasized on the need to address the issue from human rights perspective.

The speakers said that the Kashmiri people were the victims of injustice and were being denied basic civil liberties by India for more than six decades. They deplored the killing of over 100,000 Kashmiri people by Indian security forces and urged the UN to look into the severe violations of the human rights in Indian Held Kashmir. It was underlined that the issue should be taken up formally at all national and international forums.

At this occasion, the British Parliamentarians were asked to adopt a resolution in the British Parliament in support of the Kashmiri people as it was done in case of the Palestinians a few days ago.

The speakers included Dave Anderson MP, Chair, Lord Qurban Hussain, Khalid Mehmood MP, Andrew Stephenson MP, Mushtaq Lasharie, Chairman Third World Solidarity, Baroness Zahida Manzoor, Kashmiri leader Abdur Rashid Turabi, Nazir Ahmed Qureshi from Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOC)  and Saundra Satterlee.

Besides the British Lords, MPs, the officials of the Pakistan High Commission London and members of the British society, a large number of Pakistani and Kashmiri diaspora as well as media representatives attended the seminar.

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