BURTON’S MP addressed more than 10,000 people as part of a rally to promote the cause of Kashmir.
Andrew Griffiths, in his role as chairman of the all-party parliamentary group on Kashmir, revealed that he delivered a speech to the largest crowd he had ever faced as part of the Million March for Kashmir in London.
The Tory politician was joined by former Azad Kashmir Prime Minister Barrister Sultan Mahmood Chaudhary to hand over a petition to the Government in Downing Street calling for Kashmiris to be allowed to ‘determine their own destiny’.
This comes as hundreds of people in the town have been impacted by conflict in the region, which is based around a territorial dispute between the Government of India, Kashmiri insurgent groups and the Government of Pakistan.
Mr Griffiths told the Mail: “This was a hugely successful march.”The number of people present just goes to show our success in bringing this issue to the attention of the British people, the British Government and the world.
“This is a forgotten conflict, and we need to get both parties, particularly India, to the negotiating table to ensure that we can have peace and freedom for the Kashmiri people in the future.
“We all want to see an end to this forgotten conflict so that we can build a stability and prosperity for Kashmir.” The event started in Trafalgar Square before ending in Downing Street to deliver the petition calling for ‘peace, freedom, and self-determination’ for Kashmir
Prior to the march, Mr Griffiths also hosted a press conference in Parliament wit
India and Pakistan have fought at least three wars over Kashmir including the Indo-Pakistani Wars of 1947, 1965 and 1999.
Although thousands of people have died as a result of the turmoil in Kashmir, the conflict has become less deadly in recent years as fighting has decreased.
By Rob Smyth (Burton Mail)