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Glowing tributes paid to Afzal Guru in UK

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Birmingham, March 05, 2013 (PPI-OT): The entire Kashmiri leadership – both political and religious – civil society activists, councillors and mayors as well as the well-wishers of the Kashmir freedom struggle assembled in Birmingham to pay glowing tributes to Muhammad Afzal Guru.

All the speakers were unanimous in describing this incident as murder of justice and the worst example of state terrorism. Members of the Advisory Council of Kashmir Centre London organised the event.

The Executive Director of the Kashmir Centre, Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl, on the occasion said that Guru’s cold blooded murder was indicative of the fact that state terrorism that was inaugurated by Gulab Singh continues in the rule of Manmohan Singh governing the so-called largest democracy of the world. He said that the international community should revisit their relationship with India and use their good offices to restrain New Delhi from making murderous assaults on the people of Jammu and Kashmir. “Laying curbs on the APHC leadership should be widely condemned,” he added.

The Chairman of Kashmir Centre Brussels, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, spoke at length to explain the various faults in Guru’s hanging. He explained how Afzal Guru was denied legal assistance at different levels of the case. “In spite of a review petition pending in the supreme court of India, he was sent to gallows against the law of the land,” he deplored.

Barrister Tramboo also referred to the Indian Supreme Court’s decision in Veerapan case. He asked the political leadership of UK to take up Afzal Guru’s case at all levels – at the Council and the parliamentary level.

Zubair Kiani, President Muslim League, said, “Guru’s hanging is the most important milestone in the history of our liberation struggle and we will not allow to go his martyrdom waste.” He promised complete support to the Kashmir Centre in its endeavours.

Syed Mughal, advisor to the Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, condemned India for murdering an innocent person and eulogised Kashmir Centre’s efforts to highlight this gruesome crime. Abdul Majid Nadeem of Tehreek-e-Kashmir said that Kashmiri martyrs were a great asset of Kashmiris and they sacrificed their today for the tomorrow of their people.

Faheem Kiani of Jamaat-e-Islami proposed to run lobby bus to different European cities. Professor Shawl and Barrister Tramboo endorsed the suggestion.

Mumtaz Rathore of JKLF pleaded for an unimpeachable unity among all pro-freedom groups.

Raja Mohammed Ayub, the President of Advisory Council of Kashmir Centre London, thanked all the participants for making the programme a success and asked them to participate in the second and third phase of Signature Campaign initiated by the Centre in the UK to seek a debate on Kashmir in the House of Commons. The programme was moderated by Sajid Yousaf and presided over by Ajmal Nawabi.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
Fax: 92-51-4861736


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