London – A meeting was held at the House of Lords, Uk, chaired by Lord Nazir Ahmed and Lord Eric Avebury and attended by Lord Bill Mckenzie, Kelvin Hopkins MP, Marsha Sing MP, in order to impress upon the political establishment of India and Pakistan the right of self-determination for people of the disputed regions of Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan. The meeting was attended by prominent political scholars and politicians from South-Asian Diasporas in Britain. In the light of a major shift in the US foreign policy under the Obama presidency, particularly towards the issue of Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir, it is emphasized upon the US and European political community to leverage their influence on both India and Pakistan to involve people of Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir in any kind of political process that is affecting the people of these areas.
Mr. Abbas Ali, from Gilgit-Baltistan, participated in the meeting and highlighted importance of self-determination for the people of the Gilgit-Baltistan and Kashmir according to the will of the people of the area. He said that the disputed regions of South Asia are under post-colonial colonization. He emphasized that under the UN resolutions and Geneva convention rights of self determination should be granted to the people of this region. He asked UN member states to compels both India and Pakistan to provide a genuine choice of self-determination, not a plebiscite or forced control on the people of the area.
It was suggested that Lord Nazir Ahmed, Lord Eric Avebury , other Members of Parliaments of Great Britain and participants of the meeting will write to president Obama a letter to appoint a special representative for the resolution of Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan dispute. Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan is the only dangerously flashing point between nuclear armed countries of India and Pakistan that caused three wars and the most recent one is Kargil war. The meeting concluded with passing of a resolutions focusing on an immediate peaceful settlement of the Kahsmir and Gilgit-Baltistan stressing on self-determination.”