Birmingham: Updates on the current situation in Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir by Raja Fahim Kayani Resident Tehreek e Kashmir UK. Report by S M Irfan Tahir Photojournalist / Member National Union of Journalists (NUJ) Great Britain.
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Dear ………… …………. – Right Honourable Member of Parliament,
I hope you are in the best of health and spirit during these unprecedented times of COVID-19 pandemic. I hope you are coping well under the current lock down regime.
Ironically the people of Indian occupied Kashmir have been under much harsher lock down since 5 August 2019, which was suddenly and illegally imposed by over 800,000 Indian personnel. Since that day, people of Kashmir have been completely disconnected from us and the wider world. Not only their telephone and internet services have been shut down but they have been deprived of food and medicines. Every single outlet of provision and public life was closed for the people of Kashmir on that day. People are dying with lack of food and medicine since then.
The world has paid little attention to the people of Kashmir despite the dozens of UN resolutions about their right of self determination. Now with the COVID-19 virus pandemic the plight of people of Kashmir has further deteriorated. Now when we are in lock down we can understand what the people of Kashmir have been going through during all those months. The UK government has been striving to provide us with every necessity but in Kashmir, the Indian army has been trying every brutal method of torture and killings as well as indiscriminate and ruthless shelling from across the Line of Control (LoC) in Azad Jammu and Kashmir killing and injuring many innocent civilians. In these current times, instead of helping people of Kashmir, Indian government has introduced new measures, under Domicile Law, to change the demographic status of the state. This reflects the true nature of Indian government’s cunning scheme and underlines the importance of urgent action to be taken by us to help the people of Kashmir.
I request your help and support to send food and medicines to Indian occupied Kashmir. I request that you contact British Foreign Office and United Nations seeking help to put in place the mechanism for aid to reach the people of Indian Occupied Kashmir. British Kashmiris and Pakistanis are ready and willing to support this effort in these difficult times.
Your help and support will be appreciated and I look forward to your kind response.