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25 February | 2024

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British parliamentarian pledges to support ‘right to self-determination’ of Kashmiri people

After hearing about atrocities in disputed Kashmiri region, Andrew Gwynne says he pledged to be a voice for those who are voiceless within and outside British parliament

British parliamentarian and Labor Party leader Andrew John Gwynne has said that the British parliament has a ‘strong commitment’ to supporting the right to self-determination of Kashmiri people and addressing human rights violations in the disputed region.

Addressing a day-long seminar, organized jointly by the University of Azad Jammu and Jammu and Kashmir (UAJK) and the Rights to Self-Determination Movement, at the university’s Education Hall in Muzaffarabad, he highlighted efforts of both All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir and Friends of Kashmir from the Labor Party in advocating for rights of Kashmiri people and the protection of human rights in the divided state.

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State Minister for Human Rights Mushaal Mullick expresses concerns about potential use of nuclear weapons by Narendra Modi-led Indian government

After hearing about atrocities in disputed Kashmiri region, Andrew Gwynne said that he pledged to be a voice for those who are voiceless, both within and outside the British parliament. He asked people across the world to raise awareness about the ‘not-so-good’ situation in the disputed Kashmiri state. “We all support right to self-determination for Kashmiri people,” he told the audience in his impressive speech.

British parliamentarian and Labor Party leader Naz Shah emphasized her unwavering support for the oppressed people, and noted a stark contrast between challenges faced by parents in two sides of the Line of Control in the divided state where safety of even children was uncertain even when they go to school. She asked the world community to support right to self-determination of Kashmiri people.

Dr Kaleem Abbasi reiterates his university’s dedication to provide a platform for intellectual discourse and discussions on pressing global issues

In her speech, Special Assistant to Pakistan’s Prime Minister and State Minister for Human Rights Mushaal Hussein Mullick called Jammu Kashmir under Indian control as world’s ‘largest military concentration.’ She stressed that the Indian Army’s actions in the disputed Kashmiri state have surpassed atrocities witnessed in world’s other regional conflicts. She expressed concerns about the potential use of nuclear weapons by Prime Minister Narendra Modi-led government in India.

University of Azad Jammu and Jammu and Kashmir Vice Chancellor Prof Dr Muhammad Kaleem Abbasi expressed his gratitude for the valuable insights shared by the speakers and their commitment to raising awareness about the human rights violations in the disputed region. He reiterated the university’s dedication to providing a platform for intellectual discourse and discussions on pressing global issues, including Jammu Kashmir.

Right to Self-Determination Movement Chairman Raja Najabat Hussain expressed his appreciation for the university’s support in highlighting the human rights issues and right to self-determination of Kashmiri people. He urged faculty members and students to use modern communication tools and social media to raise global awareness about the injustices faced by Kashmiri people. Others speakers highlighted urgency of the situation and emphasized importance of international support for the Kashmiri people.

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