Commemorating Kashmir Martyrs Day, Labour MP, Imran Hussain said that the only solution is self-determination for the sons and daughters of Kashmir, and he pledged to ensure that the UK Parliament does not ignore Kashmir.
Marking the anniversary of the events of 13 July 1931 where 22 men were shot and killed by Dogra Forces outside Srinagar Jail in the Kashmir Valley, Kashmir Martyrs Day commemorates the sacrifice of those who laid down their lives for the right to self-determination for Kashmiris.
Attending a meeting to commemorate Kashmir Martyrs Day, Mr Hussain pledged to ensure that the international community does not ignore the inalienable right of Kashmiris to self-determination and the ability to choose their own future, and announced that he tabled a motion calling for a debate in the House of Commons and questioned UK Government Ministers on their involvement in Kashmir.
Speaking on his motion, Imran Hussain said:
“Kashmir Martyrs Day marks a dark day in the history of Kashmir that no son or daughter of Kashmir will ever forget, where 22 young men were butchered because they dared to speak up against tyranny and for their rights, and we must never forget their sacrifice.
“I have campaigned on this issue for many years and will continue to do so. The continued human rights abuses in Kashmir must end and the sons and daughters of Kashmir must be granted their birth right to determine their own destiny.
“I will be advancing the cause of the inalienable right of self-determination for Kashmiris through questioning the Government and calling for action. I have today tabled a motion to ask for an immediate inquiry into the human rights abuses in Kashmir and called for a full debate in the House of Commons.”