British Kashmiris pay tributes to martyrs of July 13
Srinagar, July 14, 2013 (PPI-OT): Kashmiri Diaspora assembled in London to observe Martyrs’ Day and pay glowing tributes to the martyrs of July 13, 1931, for their sacrifices.
The meeting was presided over by the Chairman of International Chamber for Peace and Conciliation (ICPC), Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, while veteran Kashmiri leader, Mohammed Yaqoob Chishti (Sitara-e-Pakistan) was the chief guest. Others who were present included Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, Chairman International Council for Human Rights, Mahmood Riyaz, former AJK minister, Khalid Mahmood, Political Secretary represented Pakistan High Commission, Bashir Ratvi, Convener Muslim Conference UK, Yasir Mumtaz, Muslim League (N), Jamil Tabassum, Sabir Hussain, Mohammed Eshaq khan and Raja Sawroop Khan represented the Community Advisory Council. Shoaib Nazish media advisor of the International Secretariat conducted the proceedings.
Speaking on the occasion, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl reiterated the Kashmiris’ resolve that the sacrifices of the martyrs would not be allowed to go waste. He condemned the Indian administration that did not allow the Hurriyet leadership to offer Fateha at the Martyrs’ Graveyard in Srinagar and imposed restrictions in occupied Kashmir.
“The international community should take notice of this undemocratic attitude,” he said. However, he hoped that this iron-fisted policy would not deter the people of Jammu and Kashmir to get their basic right of self-determination for deciding their political future by themselves.
Professor Shawl thanked the government of Pakistan for recognising the services of Mohammed Yaqoob Chishti and awarding him Sitara-e-Pakistan. He hoped that the present political leadership of Pakistan would raise the Kashmir dispute in every forum and advocate the Kashmir cause in a more vibrant manner.
Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo spoke at length on the present political situation in occupied Kashmir. He deplored that the entire leadership was put either in jails or under house arrest on the occasion of Martyrs’ Day.
He declared that the Kashmiri Diaspora would continue to raise the Kashmir situation at the UN, OIC, European Union and other fora. “One of the most important tasks for us is to demonstrate unity and vision,” he said and hailed the services of Yaqoob Chishti and described him as an institution.
Khalid Mahmood of Pakistan High Commission said that Kashmir had always figured as a top most priority of the government of Pakistan and it supported the Kashmiris’ freedom struggle. He said that honouring Yaqoob Chishti with Sitar-e-Pakistan was recognition of his services to the cause of Kashmir.
Mahmood Riaz thanked the government of Pakistan for their advocacy of the Kashmir cause and hoped that fresh diplomatic initiatives would be initiated by the present government.
Bashir Ratvi airing the sentiments of the Kashmiri Diaspora said that they would continue to inform the international community about the atrocities being committed on the Kashmiris by Indian forces.
Yasir Mumtaz pleaded for unimpeachable unity among different political groups for better understanding and proper assistance by the international community. At the end fateha was offered for all Kashmiri martyrs.
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