Film on Kashmir premiered in House of Lords
13 July 2004
The Hindustan Times
Press Trust of India
London: A 30-minute documentary on Kashmir depicting a fascinating history of the Valley and the current situation in the state was premiered in the House of Lords in London. The first part of the film entitled, Kashmir caught in the Crossfire focused on the historical facts since 1947 with moving images. In its second part the film showed beautiful landscape of Jammu and Kashmir and the beginning of insurgency since 1989 giving graphic details of over 65,000 people killed and 1,25,000 injured and displaced people of the state. It also showed the rich secular traditions of Kashmir laying emphasis on Kashmiriyat. The clips in the documentary were sourced from BBC, ITV etc showing firing on the border on both sides, interviews from terrorists from across the border and all the wars fought between India and Pakistan. UN resolutions, Shimla Agreement, Lahore Declaration, the last meeting between former Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee and Pakistan President Pervez Musharraf during the SAARC summit and the recent dialogue process were also mentioned. Lord Avebury, Chairman of Friends of Kashmir, introduced Siraj Shah, producer of the film who is a general practitioner in London from last 20 years. 'His insights may help us to understand the complexities of the Kashmir question and the urgent need for a political solution that will be acceptable to as many of the Kashmiri people as possible,' Lord Avebury said.