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Kashmir gets it way into UK’s general election campaign


London, November 11, 2019 (PPI-OT): The Kashmir dispute, against the backdrop of revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status by the Indian government, has found its way into the General Election campaign in the UK. Social media messages and chat groups are being used by the Kashmiri diaspora to try and influence voters, with the Opposition Labour Party being their favourite for its pro-Kashmir stance since it passed a resolution favouring international intervention in Kashmir.

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi, the first turbaned Sikh to be elected to the UK Parliament in the 2017 election says, the Labour resolution reads: “Accept that Kashmir is a disputed territory and the people of Kashmir should be given the right of self-determination in accordance with UN resolutions.” However, pro-India lobby is also active, which is trying to make the British voters realize that the Kashmir dispute is India’s internal matter.

“I don’t think we are made better off as a country by continuing the divisions of our homelands, instead we should focus on Britain today. Kashmir is a matter for the people of Kashmir and all conflicts must be resolved within the law and Constitution of India,” said Virendra Sharma, an Indian-origin Labour MP.

In this regard, a video is being shared on social media wherein a right-wing British journalist being heckled by protesters during the “Free Kashmir” rally, last month, in an attempt to accuse Labour Party of blindly supporting Pakistan’s stance over abrogation of Article 370 by India.

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