London: (Shaghofta Akhtar) A peaceful demonstration came to clashes after pro Indian supporters attacked Kashmiri and Sikh demonstrators. The protest was jointly organised by Chairman Naeem Abbasi of Overseas Pakistani Welfare Council, Human Rights Forum and Chairman Paramjeet Singh of ” Sikh for Justice” group.
The protest was to highlight the Indian atrocities in Kalistan and Indian Occupied Kashmir. A joint protest between the Sikh community and Kashmiri community came together to join forces to demonstrate together outside the Indian high commission in London.
A Pakistani journalist sustained injuries during the attack. Pakistan Press Club UK, PPCUK held an emergency meeting to discuss the safety of journalists. They are concerned that pro Indian supporters can attack Pakistani journalists in broad daylight. This attack is being viewed as racist, as Kashmiri and Sikh demonstrators were targeted based on their race and religion. PPCUK strongly condemn this unacceptable attack on a journalist. They will be taking legal advice and seeking redress through the British judiciary system. This attack on a journalist will not be tolerated.
Chairman Naeem Abbasi, states that there have been some India media reporting that pro Indian supporters were somehow also peacefully demonstrating alongside with them. He would like to make it clear, that the pro Indian supporters did not have formal authorised permission from the authorities to hold a demonstration, and therefore when the police intervened, they were seen running from the scene, with the police chasing them. Pro Indian supporters were seen to be throwing down their placards and running away to escape being caught by the police. Chairman Naeem Abbasi completely disputes the misleading interpretation given of events and states that after the clashes, not a single pro Indian demonstrator remained demonstrating through to the finishing time of 5pm.
Chairman Naeem Abbasi would like to offer his deepest heartfelt thanks towards the police for protecting and safeguarding them. He felt the situation would have been critical, and more protesters would have been injured, had the police not acted as swiftly as they did.
It was felt that the Indian authorities must be feeling the pressure of negative publicity demonstrated against them, and therefore the pro India supporters were deliberately sent to sabotage the peaceful demonstrations.
This demonstration raises serious questions, as to the tactics deployed by the pro Indian supporters, that they will attack Kashmiri peaceful demonstrators on the streets of London.