JKLF takes up Kash­mir is­sue with shadow for­eign sec­re­tary

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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

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