LONDON: Labour Member of Parliament from Bradford, Naz Shah has urged the international community to come forward to resolve the long outstanding issue of Kashmir. Address the Labour Party’s annual conference; she said that she asks everyone to support the emergency motion on Kashmir.
“Over 70 years have passed, UN resolutions denied, self-determination side-lined, tens of thousands murdered, political activists tortured, the honour of Women forcefully robbed through rape, and now the Indian government has revoked Article 370 and placed a siege on the people of Kashmir”, she added.
Naz Shah said that two months have passed with a complete lockdown on the region. There is no communication with the outside world, 700, 000 Indian military personal are placed on guard in the most militarised region in the world, barbed wires are covering the city, political leaders are under house arrest and there are some reports of the most horrific human rights abuses, with midnight raids, torture, rape and murder.
Drawing the attention of the delegates, Naz Shah said that when working people needed a voice, this party was founded to be that voice, when women in parliament were an exception, it was our party that fought for real representation, when Apartied in Africa was condoned by some, it was our party leader that protested against fascism and racism.
“When the world, fails to recognise Palestine, it will be a Jeremy Corbyn Government that will turn the tide and legitimise the Palestinian voice on day one. Today as a Kashmiri, I ask my party, I ask my comrades, I ask you conference, will you pass this motion and stand with me and the people Kashmir, in the face of tyranny, oppression and genocide”, she emphasised.
“The path to genocide in Kashmir is opening up and the world remains silent. The Railroads of history are filled with the regret of silence. Genocides came and went, and the world remained silent. Let us not allow the lives of Kashmiri’s to be lost in silence”, Naz Shah concluded.