On 4th September 2014, Ms Krishna Bhan, President of the Indo-European Kashmir Forum (IEKF) organized a conference in association with the Hindu Council UK on the “Plight of Kashmiri Pandits/Hindus”, in the House of Commons. The meeting was jointly chaired by Conservative MP-Marcus Jones and Labour MP-Virendra Sharma. The speakers at the conference spoke passionately on many different perspectives ranging from history of the conflict, analogies with recent events, geopolitical aspects, role of journalists and politicians and the relevance of conflict to the rest of the world. The mood in the packed Committee Room 10 was effusive, upbeat and one which demonstrated resolve and a call to action.
The main purpose of the conference was to express the Hindu community’s grave concerns over the forthcoming debate in the UK Parliament taking place on Thursday 11th September 2014 at the House of Commons. The debate in question has been secured by Liberal Democrats MP David Ward-Member of Parliament for Bradford East, together with support from Andrew Stephenson MP (Conservative) and David Nuttall MP (Labour), on behalf of the Jammu Kashmir Self Determination Movement Europe. Surprisingly, this debate has been granted as a result of some MPs, MEPs & Lords from all the British Political Parties, together with members of the Kashmiri Pakistani Community, who signed a petition asking the British Parliament to hold a special debate on the state of human rights for the Muslim community in Kashmir. However, IEKF & HCUK believe, regrettably that some misguided Members of Parliament have supported this debate and it is for this reason that we issued the atttached Briefing Document in order to give the viewpoint of the Kashmiri Pandit/Hindu Community and provide background information to MPS before the debate in order that they are fully informed of any potential decisions that they make or support at the debate.
The Press Release & Briefing Document was sent to ALL 650 MPs in the House of Commons and 723 Members of the House of Lords. In addition it was sent to the Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Leader of the Labour Party Ed Milliband together with Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Dept for Communities and Local Government Government Equalities Office and the Home Office.
- Click here to view Briefing Document sent to ALL MPs
- Click here to view Press Releases of conference on the Plight of Kashmiri Pandits held at the UK Houses of Parliament.
Ms Krishna Bhan
President of Indo European Kashmiri Forum & Director Hindu Council UK