British Kashmiris celebrated National Day

Manchester: The members of British Kashmiri Community celebrated Kashmir National Day of Azad (free) Government of the State of Jammu and Kashmir by hoisting or displaying Kashmir flag in civic ceremonies at Town/City Halls in Manchester, Rochdale, Oldham, Bradford and Luton as part of ‘Kashmir History Week’ celebrations. In solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir British communities are displaying Kashmir Flag in their house, businesses and car windows as well. Kashmir Development Foundation (KDF) a national charity working for the empowerment of the ‘Voice’ of the Kashmiri diaspora community lead a campaign to celebrate Kashmir National. Sardar Aftab Khan Executive Director of KDF said “I am thrilled that we have been successful in our campaign and a number of local authorities are formally supporting the celebration of ‘Kashmir National day’. There will be so much activity surrounding Kashmir National Day this year across England. Haji Akram Sattar, Director KD Foundation welcome the support of Manchester City Council in organising special ceremony for Kashmir Flag display at the Town Hall by the Lord Mayor Cllr. Naeem-ul-Hassan JP. He said “Kashmiri community has demonstrated their unity in celebrating this day. Rochdale Metropolitan Borough Councillor Aftab Hussian, coordinator Kashmir National Day Flag hoisting ceremony at Rochdale Town Hall said Rochdale Council has taken the lead to formally agree to hoist Kashmir flag at Rochdale Town Hall in 2012 and will continue to support the community to celebrate Kashmir National day. Local Members of British Parliament Simon Danczuk MP and Jim Dobbin MP also spoke at the ceremony and congratulated Kashmiri community on their national day. The Lord Mayor of Bradford Cllr. Khadim Hussain led the civic ceremony at the Bradford Town Hall and hoisted Kashmir flag. He said, “I am delighted to fly the flag of Kashmir at our Town Hall and I hope Kashmir National day celebrations would help in advancing the knowledge of the general public into the history and Culture of Kashmir”. In Oldham Deputy leader of the Council Cllr Shoab Akhtar lead the Kashmir flag display ceremony. Cllr Javed Iqbal said, We are pleases to support Kashmir national day celebrations and would continue to support all communities in making Oldham a multicultural place and advancing community cohesion”. Members of the community, councillors and representatives of Kashmiri social, cultural and political organisations such as Almi Pahari Adbi Sanghat, Peoples Voice, Asian Literary Forum, Kashmir Self Determination Movement, Kashmir Forum, Kashmir Freedom Movement (KFM), Jammu Kashmir Muslim Conference, Jammu Kashmir Muslim League (N), JKLF, Jammu Kashmir Liberation League, Azad Kashmir People Party, National Liberation Conference, JKNAP, JKPNP, elected members, community dignitaries and local community organisation’s representatives actively participated in the Kashmir National day celebrations.