Commonwealth Summit and Role of Kashmiri Diaspora

Luton: South Asia Centre For Peace and Human Rights (UK) organised an interactive Kashmir Conference titled “Commonwealth Summit and Role of Kashmiri Diaspora”
The conference was chaired by Chaudry Mohammed Ayyub the Mayor of Luton. In his opening remarks the Mayor said as a member of the Kashmiri diaspora Kashmir cause is very dear to him. He is pleased to welcome Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl and Barrister Abdul Majid Trumbo who are here this afternoon to share their wisdom with councillors and community leaders. This council he maintained has adopted two unanimous cross-party resolutions to support Kashmiris demand for self-determination. He described Commonwealth summit as a great opportunity for the Kashmiri diaspora to highlight the need to resolve the long linger Kashmir dispute. The human dimension of the conflict needs to be addressed. The residents of Luton he assured have always supported the positive endeavours in this direction.

Professor Nazir Ahmed Shawl Chairman SACFPHR briefed the participants about the latest situation in the Indian occupied Kashmir. He referred to the Indian state terrorism and unprovoked firing on the ceasefire line causing death and destruction to innocent civilian. Hundreds of families have been displaced. Shawl also informed the participants about the various programmes and activities that have been set in motion in connection with commonwealth summit. He asked the participants for plausible suggestions to make these events a success. He pleaded with the councillors to play a definitive role in convincing their respective members of the parliament to get in touch with commonwealth and foreign office and approach the foreign affairs committee and Human rights committee of the parliament to bring into focus the extra ordinary situation in Kashmir.

Barrister Abdul Majid Trumboo Chairman ICHR and Permanent representative of IHRAAM at UN Lambasted all those people who wittingly and unwittingly try to equate India and Pakistan. He said this comparison is mischievously misconceived and a strong Pakistan is a guarantee of Kashmir`s freedom. He remarked that APHC and joint resistance leadership that leads the freedom struggle in Kashmir is the real voice of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He impressed upon the councillors to be the torch bearers along with their respective elected members of the parliament to bring India and Pakistan back on the dialogue table along with the primary stake holders the legitimate Kashmiri leadership. He declared that we all need to work in tandem at all levels with the suffering Kashmiris in the vanguard and backed by the people of Azad Kashmir. He felicitated the people of Pakistan, the government of Pakistan and the Armed forces of Pakistan on Pakistan day.

Mohammed Ayyub Rathore on behalf of SACPHR welcomed the Mayor, former mayors, councillors, Community Leaders and political activists. He outlined the purpose of the conference. He implored that this interactive conference is to take into confidence the leadership of Luton to utilize the forthcoming opportunity in the shape of commonwealth summit to highlight the cause.
Others who expressed their views included former mayors Cllr, Riaz Bhat, Cllr Wahid Akber, Cllr Raja Saleem, Cllr Raja Aslam, Cllr Hussain, Muzamil Thakur, Amjad Abbasi, Mumtaz Bhat Siddique Rathore and others.

Vote of thanks was moved by Mr.Mumtaz Rathore. He thanked the participants for their positive suggestions which will be incorporated in the programme of action.

Report: Sheraz Khan