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Kashmir Council-EU holds peaceful demo

The Kashmir Council-EU  held a peaceful demonstration in front of the Indian Embassy in Brussels to commemorate the anniversaries of the martyrdom of two Kashmiris, Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru. 

Kashmiris on both sides of the ceasefire line (Line of Control) and across the world observe the martyrdom anniversary of prominent Kashmiri liberation leader, Muhammad Maqbool Butt every year on Feb 11. 

Maqbool Butt was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar Jail on the 11th February in 1984 for his leading role in the Kashmiris’ on-going struggle. He was buried in the prison premises. 

Afzal Guru was second Kashmiri to be hanged and buried by the India. The execution took place on the February 19th, 2013 and evoked widespread condemnation by human rights organisations. 

Despite confidence building measures and a ceasefire between the Indian and Pakistani armies in Kashmir repeated pleas by Kashmiris for the return of Maqbool Butt’s and Afzal Guru's remains to their families. No reaction on the part of the Indian authorities. These icons of the Kashmiri liberation struggle have been kept in prison even after their execution.

Denouncing the hanging of Maqbool Butt and Afzal Guru without proper judicial arrangements, the demonstrators demanded an immediate handing over of the remains of the two men to their respective families for proper funeral prayers to be held. A number of Kashmiris and their supporters attended the demonstration at which the speakers alleged that Guru was not given a fair trial. 

The Kashmir Council EU Chairman Ali Raza Syed urged Kashmiris to observe the anniversaries of both martyrs.

In his statement, the Chairman of the Kashmir Council EU said, that India had acted inhumanely by holding bodies of the martyrs in jail. 

Ali Raza Syed also warned that India cannot stop the peaceful movement of the Kashmiris in their struggle for the right to self-determination as agreed in the resolutions of the UN Security Council.

Kashmir Council EU holds demonstration in Brussels

Brussels, Feb 5:

Kashmir Council EU organized a demonstration and a one-day camp in front of European Parliament in the capital of Belgium to express solidarity with people of Kashmir. A large number of people from all walks of life and representatives of different NGOs attended the event held on the Kashmir solidarity day at Place Luxembourg outside the EU Parliament in Brussels.
Carrying placards, the participants expressed their solidarity with the Kashmiris especially families of those killed by forces in last two and half decades. They also paid great tribute to people of Kashmir.
The camp organized by Kashmir Council EU was visited by a large number of the people, who expressed their solidarity with the people of Kashmir by signing the document of “One Million Signature Campaign”.
The signature campaign was launched by the Kashmir Council EU. Large number of Europeans also participated  in the campaign.
On the occasion, Chairman Kashmir Council EU Ali Raza Syed  and other speakers said they will continue their efforts to get support for the people of Kashmir till suitable resolution of the Kashmir dispute.
“People of Kashmir are struggling peacefully for right of self determination and there should be plebiscite under United Nations supervision in Kashmir,” they said.
Raza urged the international community including European Union to play their role for peaceful resolution of the issue.

The Culture of Kashmir: Future Prospects

An important conference and an exhibition would be organized at Brussels Parliament on Tuesday, 26th of January, 2016 in order to highlight the Kashmir cause through peaceful means.
The Kashmir Cultural Day program titling, “The Culture of Kashmir: Future Prospects” to be hosted by Member of Brussels Parliament Dr Zahoor Ellahi Manzoor and would be organized by International Council for Human Development (ICHD) and Kashmir Council EU.


The welcoming address by Dr Zahoor Ellahi Manzoor would be an official opening of the exhibition which would be followed by a lunch with specialties from the reign.

Along with the exhibition, a conference would also be held with participation of MPs, MEPs, Scholars, Journalists and members of civil Society who will discuss Kashmiri Culture and its future prospects.

Organizer of the event, Ali Raza Syed who is Chairman of International Council for Human Development (ICHD) and Kashmir Council EU said, main objective of the event is to highlight the Kashmir issue through cultural and peaceful means. The Indian Held Kashmir (IHK) is witness of severe violations of human rights. Indian authorities deny the basic rights of the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the people of the region are suffering from state terrorism for a long time.

People want to have right of self-determination and settlement of issue according the desire of the people is extremely crucial for peace and prosperity in the region.

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