Sultan Mehmood, others
submit petition for UK
PM and lawmakers to
resolve Kashmir issue

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LONDON: Azad Jammu Kashmir President Barrister Mehmood Chaudhry on Friday lead a delegation of Kashmiri leaders and British Parliamentarians and presented a memorandum to the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson urging him to use his political and diplomatic clout to resolve the lingering dispute in line with Kashmiris’ wishes and aspirations.

LONDON: AJK President Barrister Sultan Mehmood stands with British Parliamentarians after submitting a petition for the resolution of Kashmir issue and release of Yasin Malik from Indian jail. He is accompanied with Lord Qurban Hussain, Tony Llyod MP, Jess Phillips MP, Imran Hussain MP, Khalid Mehmood MP, Raja Fahim Kayani, Ch Dilpazir, Ch Muhammad Sharif and Rehana Ali and others. (Nation picture)

Seeking an early and amicable settlement of the long pending dispute, the petition requested the British PM to influence India to grant Kashmiris their promised right, the right to self-determination, put an immediate end to the human rights violations and help secure early release of Kashmiri Hurriyat leader Muhammad Yasin Malik, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison by an Indian court recently.

The AJK president was accompanied by Lord Qurban Hussain, Tony Llyod MP, Jess Phillips MP, Imran Hussain, Khalid Mehmood, Raja M. Yaseen MP, Jess Phillips and Paul Bristow MP, Raja Fahim Kayani, Ch Dilpazir, Ch Muhammad Sharif and Rehana Ali and others.

LONDON: AJK President Barrister Sultan Mehmood addresses a reception in Walthamstow on reception hosted by Ch. Dilpazeer and his colleagues. (Nation picture)

Raja Fahim Kayani, whose Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK, initiated the petition, said that constant diplomatic efforts and lobbying is more important than ever before. “The changing geo-political situation in Asia-Pacific demands that Kashmiris, state of Pakistan and their allies intensify their efforts to expose India’s face”, said Kayani.

Kayani said British Kashmiris contribute a lot to the plural society in the country. “The democratic credentials of the UK allow it to become voice of the voiceless Kashmiris and uphold human rights and do away with strategic, military and political interests by calling out India over Kashmir,” Kayani said.

Talking to media

Later, talking to local and international media, Barrister Chaudhry said that given the UK’s role in world politics the British government can play an important role in the resolution of the Kashmir issue.

LONDON: AJK President Barrister Sultan Mehmood addresses a meeting hosted by Pakistan and Kashmir origin British lawmakers at the Parliament Committee Room on Wednesday. (Nation pictures)

Underling the British government’s responsibilities for the the resolution of Kashmir dispute, the president said that it was incumbent upon the UK to force New Delhi in stopping bloodshed and violence in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu & Kashmir.

“I, therefore, urge the UK to play a role in giving the Kashmiri people their right to self-determination,” he said.

The president said that during his visit he had presented Kashmiris’ case at different forums of the country. “I’m optimistic that the people and the government of the United Kingdom will play their role so that the people of Kashmir can exercise their right to self-determination”, he added.

Address to reception

Meanwhile, addressing a reception hosted in his honour by the President of Kashmir Peace Forum, Chaudhry Dilpazeer and others, Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhary said that the Kashmiri expatriate community should become a voice for the voiceless people of the Indian occupied Kashmir.

The reception was also attended by the Mayor of Lewisham Tauseef Anwar, Deputy leader of Walthamstow Council Raja Ahsan Khan Raja Allah Ditta and other prominent people.