LONDON: Birmingham Metropolis Council has cancelled permission for a rally by British Kashmiris marking the martyrdom of famend Kashmiri freedom fighter Burhan Wani after protests from the Indian authorities — utilizing a doctored leaflet.
Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK had introduced that the “Burhan Wani Day” can be held within the commemoration of the Hizbul Mujahideen’s younger commander Burhan Wani who was assassinated by Indian occupation forces within the occupied valley on July eight, 2016. Over a thousand individuals had indicated that they may attend the rally on Saturday to pay tribute to Burhan Wani who has turn into a logo of resistance for the brand new era of Kashmiri youth who’re concerned in rebellion towards the Indian occupation forces.
The unique leaflet, out there with this scribe, stated that Burhan Wani’s martyrdom rally will spotlight the “cataclysm aftermath” involving 15,000 Kashmiri injured by pellet weapons, four hundred blinded. It requested individuals to hitch “Kashmir Rally” outdoors the Council Home in Birmingham on eight July at Victoria Sq.. It stated: “Let the world find out about human rights violations in Kashmir since 1989 and allow us to not overlook about one hundred,000 killings, 10,000 rapes, 200,000 orphans, mass graves and compelled disappearances.” The poster didn’t point out something concerning the organisers because it was a Kashmiri group initiative and circulated formally by the Kashmiri teams together with Tehreek-e-Kashmir UK.
However a doctored poster emerged on social media which tried to hyperlink the occasions with banned teams akin to Lashkar-e-Taiba. The doctored poster stated that “Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujaihideen” are the organisers of the occasion. The doctored poster carried controversial language. It stated: “We’ll take again what’s ours peacefully, we won’t relaxation until Kashmir is free from Kuffar and hoist the flag of Islamic Ummah.”
Instantly after the doctored posters emerged, Indian authorities via its Excessive Fee in London lodged a protest with British authorities towards the “Burhan Wani Day” and used the engineered leaflet for its grievance whereas additionally utilizing strain from the very best quarters of the Indian authorities towards the democratic rally. A “observe verbale” was issued by Deputy Excessive Commissioner Dinesh Patnaik to the Overseas Workplace, reflecting New Delhi’s place on the occasion seen as anti-Indian exercise in UK. The Indian diplomat stated: “Permitting anti-India parts to flourish right here within the identify of democracy won’t do.”
Utilizing the doctored leaflet, the Indian authorities lodged protest with the Birmingham Metropolis Council alleging that banned outfits have been concerned in arranging the protest. Indian authorities received upset additionally when through the ICC Champions Trophy matches, Kashmiris carried posters of Wani with them to matches and waved photographs of “We Need Freedom”.
Tehreek-e-Kashmir’s president Faheem Kayani informed this correspondent that the Indian authorities-linked sources “engineered” the leaflet to be able to defame the simply and peaceable wrestle by the individuals of Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) who’re peacefully resisting the brutal oppression by 800,000 Indian armed forces illegally stationed in IHK, probably the most militarised space on the earth.
He stated: “We strongly state that the alleged leaflet provided shouldn’t be produced nor supported by British Kashmiris and that is the design of sure quarters who’re busy silencing the voice of British Kashmiris who’re struggling to show the injustice towards our individuals in IHK. We consider in non-violent motion in Kashmir. Kashmir is just not a spiritual problem and it’s a political concern.”
Faheem Kayani stated that Burhan Wani is a well-liked determine not for Kashmiris however for the youth everywhere in the world who reject terrorism and repression, be it by India or some other authorities. He stated that greater than eighty peaceable protests have been held throughout UK after the demise of Burhan Wani after his martyrdom on eighth July 2016. “Greater than 5 protests have been held in Birmingham metropolis alone, greater than 10 UK councils have handed resolutions relating to submit-Burhan state of affairs, Wani was mentioned within the British Parliament and over a dozen aspect occasions have been held within the Parliament on state of affairs arising after Wani’s martyrdom.
A Birmingham Metropolis Council spokesperson stated: “We took a reserving for a peaceable rally highlighting the human rights abuse in Kashmir. Nevertheless we at the moment are conscious of considerations raised concerning the promotional leaflet and, having assessed the fabric, haven’t given permission for using Victoria Sq..” When pressed about which actual leaflet the council used to slap ban on the rally, the spokesperson refused to reply.
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