LONDON: Demonstration marking the 40th anniversary of the martyrdom of Kashmiri leader Maqbool Butt, several British Kashmiri nationalist parties staged a protest in London.
The procession commenced from the British Parliament Square and culminated at the Indian High Commission, underscoring demands for justice and the return of Butt’s remains.
Amidst fervent slogans denouncing India’s actions, speakers at the event condemned the continued incarceration of political prisoners, including prominent figure Yasin Malik.
They decried India’s practice of withholding Butt’s body post-mortem and called for the release of all political detainees in Kashmir.
Highlighting the imminent threat to Malik’s life, speakers urged the international community to intervene and address the ongoing atrocities perpetrated by Indian authorities in Kashmir.
They emphasized the need for Malik’s immediate release, citing a pattern of state-sponsored violence targeting Kashmiri leaders.
The protest drew a large turnout, with prominent Kashmiri figures such as Liaquat Ali Lone, Tehsin Gilani, and Sabir Gul among the participants. Their presence underscored solidarity with the Kashmiri cause and reiterated calls for justice and freedom from oppression.
The demonstration in London not only commemorated Maqbool Butt’s sacrifice but also served as a poignant reminder of the enduring struggle for Kashmiri self-determination.
As voices echoed through the streets, demanding accountability and an end to human rights violations, the event underscored the resilience and determination of the Kashmiri people in their quest for justice and freedom.