PPCK, APPKG-UK chalks out strategy to highlight Kashmir issue in Britain

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ISLAMABAD: Pakistan’s Parliamentary Committee on Kashmir and All Parties Parliament Kashmir Group in British Parliament (APPKG-UK) have decided to chalk out mutual plan to highlight the Kashmir issue and Indian actions in J&K in UK Parliament and other international forums in Britain.

In a detailed meeting held in Islamabad on Wednesday (Feb 19) representatives of both bodies discussed the overall regional situation and expressed concern over what they called the turmoiling and chaotic situation in Jammu & Kashmir.

According to decisions taken at the meeting, various measure to be implemented to high light the Kashmir issue. Motions on Kashmir would be presented in both houses of Parliament by APPKG members and other like-minded MPs on regular basis. Necessary coordination would be kept with Pakistan High Commission in London and consulates in other cities.

Regular visits to AJK and LoC by the British legislators would be arranged and a detailed report on such visits would be submitted at the Parliament session and would be supplied to other members of the Parliaments and ministers.

The APPKG members would coordinate with non-member Parliamentarians to muster their support on the issue.  APPKG Chairperson Debie Abraham MP will submit a report in the Parliament over disallowing her from entry at New Delhi Airport before visiting Islamabad.

The members of the delegation APPGK, headed by Debbie Abraham MP were including  senior Vice Chairman Barrister Imran Hussain MP, Secretary Lord Qurban Hussain, Treasurer James Daly MP, Shadow Minister for International Development Judith Commins MP, Mark Eastwood MP, Tahir Ali MP, Sarah Britcliffe MP, Raja Najabat Hussain Chairman Jammu and Kashmir Self-determination Movement International (JKSDMI), Councillor Yasmin Dar Chairperson JKSDMI-UK, Harpreet Uppal and Sabah Kanwal staff members of Debbie Abrahams.

During the meeting, also present were Mushahid Hussain Syed and Khurrum Dastagir Khan and others from Pakistan side.

Chairman Kashmir Committee, Syed Fakhar Imam lauded the efforts and supportive statements of British MPs on Kashmir issue. “All world leaders of international repute appreciate the struggle of Kashmiri people and British politicians are on top of them”, Fakhar Imam welcomed adding; “Their unbiased remarks over the issue favour the long lasting Pakistani stance regarding the matter.

 “Time has come that Pakistan should have to send its delegations in different countries capitals for highlighting the issue. He also said that all political parties are on same page on the issue of Kashmir and the whole nation is united”.

The APKG members expressed their satisfaction over the dedicated support of Pakistan Government and people to Kashmiris for their just cause.

AJK President

Meanwhile, Raja Faheem Kayani, President, Tehreek-e-Kashmir, UK and Hurrieyt leader Altaf Butt, Raja Najabat Hussain (Chairman, Tehreek-e-Jammu & Kashmir Right of Self-Determination Internationa) and Labour Councillor Yasmin Dar held separate meetings with AJK President Sardar Masood Khan and reportedly discussed with him the future strategy to highlight the Kashmir issue.

While expressing thanks to Kashmiri leaders, Sardar Masood Khan said that the Kashmir issue would be resolved a day as an outcome of these sincere efforts and the AJK Government will do its utmost to facilitate them in their efforts.

The UK delegation also visited LoC and met the Kashmiri refugees who are living there in make-shift arrangements.