JKLF takes up Kashmir issue with shadow foreign secretary
LONDON a Kashmiri delegation led by Jammu and Kashmir Liberation FrontUK President, Sabir Gul, met the Labour Party’s newly appointed Shadow Foreign Minister, Emily Thornberry, in her London office, and discussed with her the possibility of reviewing the party policy on Kashmir.Besides the JKLF President, the Kashmiri delegation consisted of the President of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation League, Councillor Misfar Hussan, President of Jammu and Kashmir Freedom Movement, Councillor Ghulam Hussain, head of the British Kashmiri Women Association, Rana Shama Nazir and Head of JKLF International Political and Diplomatic Campaigns, Prof Azmat A.Khan.Expressing dissatisfaction over the UK government attitude towards the gross human rights violations in Kashmir, JKLF’s Azmat Khan explained that there was a need for the UK Labour Party to review its foreign policy as millions of Kashmiri and Pakistani voters in the country looked towards Labour Party and Jeremy Corbyn’s leadership to rebalance the gap between apathy and pro-active conflict resolution approach which was very much needed.
Other members of the delegation explained how they were looking forward to a future Labour government which would be able to undo some of the injustices around the world including Kashmir, where 20 million people have waited for 70 years to undo the mess left behind by the British colonial raj. They expressed concerns that UK ministers were more interested in bilateral trade with India than human rights issues and Prime Minister, Teresa May’s visit to India on 6th November would be used by India as an endorsement of its brutal repression in Kashmir.
The JKLF leaders underlined the consequential fallout in Kashmir if the international community did not take timely measures to help resolve the Kashmir conflict. The shadow Foreign Secretary raised a number of questions.
It was decided that a follow up meeting would be organised to look at Kashmiri demands and to address the concerns of the Kashmiri Diaspora in the UK at a future date.—KMS