Europe and the United Kingdom (UK) on Friday were buzzing with slogans for the freedom of Kashmir from illegal Indian occupation. Several rallies, demonstrations and conferences organised by the Tehreek-e-Kashmir (TeK) UK were held to mark “Kashmir Exploitation Day” in view of India’s illegal and unilateral actions taken on August 5, 2019.
Besides, digital campaigns were held in various cities of the UK to highlight war crimes, and crimes against humanity inflicted by New Delhi in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK President Fahim Kayani said that Kashmir rallies and conferences were held in Oslo, Birmingham, Glasgow, London, Copenhagen, Nottingham, Barcelona and Brescia on the day of the exploitation of Kashmir.
“Kashmiris will never accept dismemberment of IIOJK,” Kayani said, “That is why Kashmiris and their allies are out on roads demonstrating against India in Europe and the UK.”
He said that India is an illegal occupier and land grabber in IIOJK and “it is just a matter of time that international community will hold New Delhi accountable for its inhuman actions.”
India, on August 5, 2019, re-annexed Kashmir and removed the so-called special provisions under Articles 370 and 35A of its constitution which applied to IIOJK.
The Indian military regime also divided IIOJK into two zones with direct control from the offices of fascist Narendra Modi.
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One million Indian forces are deployed in IIOJK which have been accused of using rape as a weapon of war, mass arbitrary arrests, custodial killings, enforced disappearances, torture and killings with no accountability.
“Kashmiris have never accepted these so-called special provisions… Kashmiris rejected India in 1947, 1965, 1971, 1987, 1990, 2004, 2008, 2010, 2016 and 2022,” Kayani said.
Urging the UN and powerful countries including the US, the UK and the European Union to take notice of India’s belligerent actions in Kashmir, Kayani said: “Diaspora salutes resilience of Kashmiris in IIOJK for showing steadfastness and courage to fight back more than one million occupying Indian forces.”
Muhammad Ghalib, president Tehreek-e-Kashmir Europe, said that time has come to push forward the freedom movement in IIOJK.
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“There is an urgent need to formalise joint strategy among the Kashmiri diaspora groups in consultation with Kashmiri resistance leadership to fight Indian inhuman actions,” he said.
After imposing graveyard silence in IIOJK, Hanif Raja MBE President Tehreek-e-Kashmir Scotland said, “India was now going after Kashmiris and their allies in the diaspora.”
“We will fail attempts of India to mislead the international community by holding farce seminars and conferences to show India in good light,” he said. “The truth is that India is an illegitimate and coward military occupier in Kashmir and Kashmiris will force it out of their homeland.”
Referring to political prisoners of IIOJK, Shah Hussain, who leads Tehreek-e-Kashmir in Norway, said that Kashmiris need to sit and formulate a legal case against India to free the political prisoners.
“There is no weight in fake cases lodged by India against the Kashmiris resistance leadership,” he said. “These cases cannot withstand international scrutiny and Kashmiris in diaspora along with their allies must take legal opinion and file cases against India in their respective countries.”
“We have to build and then sustain pressure on India and that is possible after joint efforts,” he said.
A delegation of Tehreek-e-Kashmir Spain led by Shafiq Tabasam also met Catalonian members of parliament.
Tabasam explained to Catalonian lawmakers the case of Kashmir for the right to self-determination. “Kashmiris, come what may, will fight to achieve the right to determine their future,” he said.
“The only impediment to using this right as given by the UN to Kashmiris is arrogance and blockade imposed by India,” Tabasam said. “The European countries must stop looking at India with a soft image; India is a rogue nation which has no respect for international law.”
The Tehreek-e-Kashmir leaders in Europe also paid tributes to Kashmiri martyrs, resistance activists and political prisoners.
“Shaheed Syed Ali Geelani and Shaheed Ashraf Sehrai are our role models and diaspora groups must highlight their role in the freedom struggle,” they added.