London [UK]19 February (ANI): A delegation led by the exiled leader of Pakistani-occupied Kashmir (PoK) Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri has briefed Fabian Hamilton, a British Labor Party MP on the current situation in the region .
The delegation expressed concern about the restoration of peace in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir and the protection of citizens’ rights.
They also called for peace and stability in the region and the eradication of all forms of terrorism and extremism.
During his briefing in London, Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri said people in Pakistani-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan face discrimination based on their ethnicity.
“Natural resources are plundered without consulting the local population. The people in these areas are state victims — they face discrimination, kidnapping, violence, torture and arbitrary arrest,” he said.
“Those peacefully defending their basic political and social rights face severe restrictions on movement in Gilgit Baltistan. Nationalists are placed under Schedule IV by state institutions and are not allowed to travel without prior approval from the authorities.”
The delegation consists of Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri, exiled leader of the United Kashmir People’s National Party, Sardar Tariq Khan, Sardar Amjad Yusuf, Mirza Haleem and Tika Tahir Khan.
Mahmood Ahmed, Raja Waqar Aziz were in the delegation, Chaudhry Ghulam Hussain, former Members Council and Labor Party leader, was also present at the meeting.
“Terrorism and extremism are systematically promoted in the region. Kashmiris who demand ownership of their natural resources and the right to self-government are forced to flee their homelands and live in exile. They are classified as anti-state, anti-religious. In such a dismal state of human rights in these areas,” he added, calling on the UK to use its influence and call on Pakistan to respect human rights and grant oppressed Kashmiris their basic human and fundamental rights
The program was to debunk Pakistan’s propaganda.
Freedom of speech and opinion is suppressed in Pakistan, and the people of Gilgit-Baltistan have no basic rights. The plundering of natural resources is at its peak and the people are suffering under Islamabad’s brutal policies.
“We will not compromise on our fundamental rights. Pakistan has no locus standi. Our fight is for reunification and human rights. Extremism and terrorism are supported and sustained by the Deep State of Pakistan,” the delegation noted. (ANI)
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