Sheffield, December 20, 2012 (PPI-OT): Speakers at a seminar and exhibition ‘Humans Without Human Rights And Lawless Law’ in Sheffield Town Hall, United Kingdom, stressed the need of international pressure on India for resolution of Kashmir issue.
Kashmir Centre London along with other sponsors, GMB Trade Union, Thompson Solicitors and ILM News organized the seminar and exhibition on December 14, 2012. Councillor Mohammad Maroof chaired the event while Paul Bloomfield, MP for Sheffield Central Constituency, inaugurated the exhibition.
Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, the Chairman Kashmir Centre Brussels, addressing the seminar said that he was recently attending a debate in European Parliament where Indian Ambassador was also present. MEP Oxford, Graham Watson asked a simple question that if there was democracy and peace in India then why were Public Safety Act and AFSPA in vogue. “It prohibits all judicial processes just for one motive is impunity to kill.”
Barrister Tramboo appealed to the Sheffield City Council and other councils to pass a resolution for human rights and for the right of self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir. Barrister Tramboo asked Kashmiri Diaspora to interact with the respective parliament members and ask them what steps they have taken for reducing the suffering of the Kashmiri people. “European parliament has taken some practical measures to address the issue,” he said.
Paul Bloomfield, MP for Sheffield Central Constituency, while inaugurating the exhibition referred to the long denial of self-determination to the people of Jammu and Kashmir and later on speaking at the seminar he said that international pressure is very important for Kashmir resolution.
He referred to the great tradition that Sheffield has had in strengthening the solidarity movement of the oppressed people. Clive Betts, MP, said that the Kashmiris have the right to decide their future through referendum.
Linda McAvan MEP extolled that Kashmir needs a peaceful resolution and we must accept that we failed to make an issue of urgency. David Bowe a former MEP and a Member of India Pakistan Delegation pleaded for self-determination of people of Kashmir and said that the dialogue is key for the forward movement.
Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl said it was high time that a united voice was raised for the world’s dis-empowered, persecuted and suppressed small nations. “As for the state of Jammu and Kashmir is concerned the so called Indian democracy can be classified as a beautiful prison Public Safety Act and Armed forces Special powers act gives unbridled immunity to the armed forces and it becomes a consequence for torture, disappearances.
Councillor Mohammed Maroof the Chairman of the seminar thanked the panellists for their presentations and hoped that this seminar will create the required awareness to highlight the trauma, pain, and agony suffered by the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir. custodial deaths and mass graves,” he added.
Maxine Bowler, Dr Ishtiaq Ahmed from the University of Oxford, Raja Mohammed Ayub the president of the advisory council, London, Councillor Ibrar Hussain, Cabinet Assistant Sheffield City Council, Councillor Jahangir Akhtar, Deputy Leader Rotherham Council and Rashad Khan Spokesperson for the President University of Sheffield Students Union also spoke on the occasion. On this occasion a film titled “Humans without Human Rights” was also viewed by the public.
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