Kashmiri delegation meets
Labour MP Fabian Hamilton,
discusses Kashmir situation

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LEEDS (Britain): A delegation led by exiled Chairman of United Kashmir People’s National Party Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri met with British Labour MP Mr. Fabian Hamilton in Leeds on 16th February. Restoration of peace in the state of Jammu and Kashmir and protection of the interests of the citizens should be considered as a priority. Peace and stability in the region should be restored. All forms of terrorism and extremism must be eradicated. The British polices had created the Kashmir issue. 

LEEDS: A delegation led by exiled Chairman of United Kashmir People’s National Party Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri holds meeting with British Labour MP Mr. Fabian Hamilton in Leeds on 16th February

The policies of the Cold War era have taken unnecessary sacrifices from the people and the loss of valuable resources is still going on.  It is not wise to buy ammunition which results raise in the poverty. We are with the people of Jammu Kashmir for their rights struggle. Fabian Hamilton, Foreign Minister of the British Parliament Shadow Cabinet and in-charge of peace and security expressed his views in a meeting with party leaders led by Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, exiled Chairman of United Kashmir People’s National Party, Sardar Tariq Khan, Sardar Amjad Yusuf, Mirza Haleem, Tika Tahir Khan.  Mahmood Ahmed, Raja Waqar Aziz were in the delegation, Chaudhry Ghulam Hussain former member council and leader of Labour Party was also present in the meeting.

The party leaders briefed the British MP about current situation in the region. Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri in his briefing said that the people of Pakistan-administered so-called Azad Kashmir & Gilgit-Baltistan are facing discrimination on the basis of ethnicity. Natural   resources are being plundered without the consultations of local population. People of these areas are state victims facing discrimination, kidnappings, violence, torture & arbitrary arrests.

Those who are peacefully advocating for their basic political and social rights are facing strict restrictions on freedom of movement in Gilgit Baltistan. Nationalists are putted under Schedule IV by state institutions and they are not allowed to travel without prior permission from the authorities. Terrorism and extremism are being promoted systematically in the region. Kashmiris who demand for ownership of their natural resources and right to self-rule are forced to flee from native areas and live in exile. They are levelled as anti-state anti-religion. In such a grim state of human rights in these areas, the UK should use its influence and ask Pakistan to respect human rights and give oppressed Kashmiris their basic human and fundamental rights Mr. Kashmiri added.