Edinburgh, October 27, 2017 (PPI-OT):Observing the ‘Black Day’ Kashmiris living in Scotland staged a rally near the Scottish Parliament, today, condemning Indian state terrorism in occupied Kashmir. The protest was organised by the Tehreek-e-Kashmir United Kingdom and was led by Senior Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Tariq Farooq, AJK Assembly Member Abdur Rashid Turabi, President of Tehreek-e-Kashmir, UK, Faheem Kiyani and Scottish member of the parliament, Anas Sarwar.
The rally started from Johnston Terrace Edinburgh and culminated near the Parliament. Four sitting Scottish members of the parliament, present during the protest, also supported Kashmiris’ right to self-determination. The participants chanted pro-freedom and anti-India slogans.
The President of Tehreek-e-Kashmir, UK, Faheem Kiyani vowed to expose across the Europe and other western countries the gross human rights violations perpetrated by Indian troops in occupied Kashmir. “On October 27 in 1947, India invaded Jammu and Kashmir against the will of Kashmiris and until now its forces have killed lakhs of Kashmiris to continue this illegal occupation. Kashmiris want their right to self-determination which has been guaranteed by the United Nations,” he said.
On the occasion, Anas Sarwar said that Indian forces were blinding Kashmiri youth using pellet guns and over 400 people including children had lost their vision. He added that blinding people was one of the worst human rights violations in the world. The European Union should take notice of the Indian aggression in Indian occupied Kashmir,” Scottish Human Rights Forum President, Javed Gill, said during the protest.
According to Tehreek-e-Kashmir Scotland President Raja Muhammad Hanif and Dr Irfan Jahangir, the Indian army was behind the braid-chopping incidents in the territory. Senior Minister of AJK, Tariq Farooq said that the people of Kashmir would continue their legal and genuine struggle to break the shackles of slavery. Abdur Rashid Turabi appealed to the UN and Scotland to put pressure on India to stop human rights violations in occupied Kashmir and settle the lingering dispute in accordance with the Kashmiris’ aspirations.
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