A large number of the peole from different walks of life and presentatives of differnt Europe based Kashmiri organistions participated in the protest demonstration on arrival of Indian Prime Minister, Manmohan Singh, in Brussels on Friday, December 11, 2010. The protest demonstration was arranged on the occasion of the International Day of Human rights, in Brussels at Place of Schuman (in front of European Council,) from 11 AM until 1 PM. The participants were holding different banners condemning the Indian atrocities in Kashmir.
The protest was organised by Kashmir Council EU under the chairmanship of Ali Raza Syed with the support of other organisations including Kashmir Scandinavian Council Norway, Kashmir European Alliance (Norway) KWDA Canada, IKV Pax Christi Holland, Jammu Kashmir Self Determination Movement UK, Council of Khalistan, Kashmir Centre Netherlands and Jammu Kashmir Welfare Organization France, All Jammu and Kashmir Muslim Conference EU and Jammu and Kashmir PML Europe.
Mir Waiz Umer Farooq, Chairman APHC had a telephonic address on the occassion. He urged EU to use its influence to stop the human rights violation and state terrorism in Indian Held Kashmir. The imortant participants and speakers of the demonstratio were Sardar Ali Shanawaz Khan, Exective Director Kashmir Scandinavian Council, Ch. Mukhtar, the Head of Kashmir European Alliance , Zahid Hashmi, President of Jammu Kashmir Welfare Organization , Raja Liaqat, President MC Holland, Zaib Khan, Chairman Kashmir Centre Holland, Khalil Chaudary, Secretary General Kashmir Council EU, Ch Pervaiz Losar, President PML Q, Sardar Sadeek, President of MC Europe, Khalid Mehmood Joshi, President of WKDA Europe, Raja Javed, the Leader of Jammu Kashmir PML N , Mian Arshaad, the Leader of PML N, Malik Mohammad Ajmal, Senior Voice President of Pakistan Peoples Party, Khawaja Mohammad Sajjad, Abdul Sattar Qadri Chairman, Belgo-Pak Belgium, Amin ul Haq of CDH, Malik Pervaiz of Peoples Muslim League, Chaudary Mushtaq of JKLF and Dr. urmit Singh President of the Council of Khalistan addressed the huge number of participants.
Chairman of ICHD, Ali Raza Syed said that the organizers of the demonstration wanted to raise awareness about the ongoing wide-spread human rights violations in the Indian Held Kashmir against the people of Kashmir by the military and paramilitary forces.
“We protest to express our concern on the deteriorating humanitarian situation in Jammu and Kashmir, and ongoing denial of the right to self determination as promised to the people of Kashmir by former Indian Prime Minister, Late Jawaharlal Nehru, and agreed upon by the UN in 1948. Over 600,000 troops are stationed in Kashmir, on every ten civilians a soldier or security officer is at duty, which is five times more then the international forces in a war zone as Afghanistan”, said Ali Raza Syed.
The speakers strongly condemned the government of India for violently crushing the non-violent protests. They said that the curfew, brutal force and merciless repression by army and security forces could not break the will of the people of Kashmir. Giving facts and figures, one speakers said that since more than 120 non-violent protesters (youth, women and children) had been killed by police and army bullets during previous five months.
“We want Dr. Manmohan Singh to take home the message of the people in Europe that , truth can never be buried and justice never be compromised. We want to express support for the people of Jammu& Kashmir and show them they are not alone. We express solidarity with their non-violent struggle against human rights violations and the denial of the right to self determination”, said the speakers.