A rift has been caused between Indians and Pakistanis residing in the United Kingdom (U.K.) after India’s decision to take away the autonomy of Jammu and Kashmir (J&K).
Earlier last week, Central government of India abrogated Article 370 and 35A of the Constitution, which gave the state a special status. On Saturday, scores of Kashmiris (PoK) and Pakistanis staged a protest in London against New Delhi’s move against J&K. The protesters had gathered near the Indian Consulate in Brimingham, U.K.
The demonstrators condemned New Delhi’s decision to revoke J&K’s special status without proper dialogues with parties concerned.
According to data, a majority of Kashmiris residing in Britain belong to the Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir region. The people from this region identify themselves as British Pakistanis along with other people of Pakistan origin. However, separate data on Kashmiris from other regions of J&K are unavailable.
In another report, a huge demonstration on August 15 against abrogation of Article 370 is said to be expected in London. The protest organised by pro-Kashmiri section of the country will march to Indian High Commission in the British capital.
According to these demonstrators, New Delhi’s recent decision is in supposedly in contradiction with the 1972 Simla agreement and the U.N. guidelines on the issue of Kashmir.
An application has been sent to the Foreign Officers and the U.N. discussing the current status of Kashmir and questioning India’s move, said a senior British Pakistani political leader.
Meanwhile, another demonstration countering the pro-Kashmir protest is also expected on the same day by supporters of India’s incumbent ruling party in U.K.