European countries urged to stand in solidarity with Kashmiris

European countries urged to stand in solidarity with Kashmiris


Brussels, February 06, 2013 (PPI-OT): The Chairman of Kashmir Centre Brussels, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo has stressed the countries, people and governments of the European Union and the Kingdom of Belgium to stand in solidarity with the people of Jammu and Kashmir in realising their right to self-determination pursuant to the United Nations resolutions.

In a written statement the Kashmir Centre Brussels Chairman, Barrister Abdul Majeed Tramboo, who is in Cairo to attend the Organization of Islamic Cooperation’s summit together with Kashmir Centre London Executive Director, Professor Nazir Shawl, said that the route to this was through a reduction in human rights abuses by Indian forces coupled with dialogue that necessarily “includes the Kashmiris.”

On the Kashmir Solidarity Day, the Kashmiris living in the European countries held a candlelight vigil outside the residence of the Prime Minister of Belgium to remember the people of occupied Kashmir and those who have lost their lives in their struggle for the right to self-determination. The protesters observed the vigil in serene silence holding flickering candles to signify the hope that the people of Kashmir have in seeing this issue resolved.

Shamim Shawl, Chairperson of the Kashmiri Women’s Forum, leading the candlelight vigil together with Raja Zaheer, Coordinator of the Kashmir Community Advisory Council, addressing the rally stated that we had witnessed human rights abuse on a massive scale, tens of thousands Kashmiris have been raped and tortured, victims of arbitrary arrest, enforced disappearances, extra-judicial execution and more.

“We stand here to show our unwavering commitment to achieving peace in Kashmir and achieving emancipation for those who still live under the Indian occupation. As demonstrations take place in all of the major cities of the world it is this solidarity that will carry the people of Kashmir in the direction of a just and peaceful settlement, a settlement that they have peacefully sought for over six decades,” she added.

Among others who participated in the demonstration included Haji Waseem Akhtar, President (PPP Belgium), Haji Pervaiz Iqbal, President (PML-N), Raja Tahir Mehmood, Yousuf Akhtar, Rana Mussarraf, Sohail Kahloon, Khaled Mehmood, Mohammed Nawaz Butt, Atthar Balti and Javed Chaudhary (PPP-Belgium), Chaudhry Iftikhar Warrach (Chairman, Pak-Belgie Welfare Association), Mian Rafiq, General Secretary (PPP-Italy), Nasir Ahmed Chaudhary, Coordinator (PM-AJK), Sayed Hasanat Shah Bukhari (Imam, Minhajulquran Mosque), Maqsood Ahmed Jarral, President (PML-N AJK), Zafar Mehmood Chaudhary (PPP-AJK) and many other members of the community including the host community. A memorandum was delivered to the Prime Minister of Belgium, Elio Di Rupo, on behalf of the people of Kashmir at the end of the vigil.

For more information, contact:
Kashmir Media Service
Phone: 92-51-4435548, 4435549
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