Protest for Kashmir in City Centre

Indian and Pakistani communities of Nottingham came together to protest against India’s shocking move.

The protest was led by Basford Councillor Salma Mumtaz on November 13, 2019.

Tensions began rising earlier in August when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi suddenly stripped the region of special status – Article 370 of the Indian constitution – that protects many of its residents.

Eight million Muslim Kashmiris have been isolated from the rest of the world since then with a total ban on internet and communication services causing a state of total blackout.

Coun Mumtaz said: “The blackout in Kashmir has caused a lot of tensions within Kashmiri communities in Nottingham.”

“We need to our bit to end the atrocities that are taking place in Kashmir every day for over  three months now.”

A Kashmir motion was passed in her name at Nottingham City Council on November 11, 2019.

The motion pledges to write to the High Commissioners of India on behalf of Nottingham citizens calling for the immediate lifting of the curfew.

It promises to address the issue to the Foreign Secretary expressing concerns regarding human rights violations and the threat of increased conflict in the region.

On being asked what she felt about the Indian Government’s decision, Salma said: “It is an animal act.

“They have got no humanity.

“The government has no respect for the people in Kashmir.”

She urges Nottingham’s diverse communities to come together and stand up for Kashmir.

The Labour Councillor says her party stands against the injustice and promises to continue working for the Kashmiri community in Nottingham.