February 2016 News

Accession Of Jammu & Kashmir With India Final: British MP

16 February 2016
State Times

Jammu: Robert John Blackman, Member of Parliament (MP) of United Kingdom from Harrow East area on Tuesday said that Britain stands shoulder to shoulder with India to face the challenge of terrorism. Robert, better known as Bob Blackman, said Jammu and Kashmir is integral part of India and liberation of Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) is the issue which has to be solved. Addressing 'Meet the Press' organised by Press Club of Jammu here this evening, Bob Blackman said that accession of Kashmir with India was final because 'Instrument of Accession' was signed by none less than the then ruler of Jammu and Kashmir on behalf of the people of Jammu and Kashmir. He lambasted those who are raising questions about accession of J and K with Indian Union. Cautioning Indian Government against malicious campaign launched by some Pakistani groups in Britain, Bob said that Pakistani diaspora has successfully launched a vicious campaign against India in Britain as far as Kashmir is concerned. He said that Pakistani diaspora has been reflecting propagandist picture on Kashmir in UK and real picture was never exhibited before the people. Bob, who along with some NGOs of Jammu and Kashmir, is trying to present real picture of Jammu and Kashmir before the British Parliament, said he along with some other MPs has started the process to use diplomatic means to present the real picture of Kashmir in Britain. Replying to the queries of media persons, Bob Blackman said that problem of radicalisation was not confined only to Britain or India but it was a worldwide issue. 'Radicalisation among younger people is a worldwide trend and it is high-time for the world community to come together to solve this problem', he said and admitted that this problem is emerging as bigger challenge in Britain. Earlier management of the Press Club of Jammu accorded rousing reception to Bob Blackman. President of PCJ, Ashwani Kumar presented a memento to Bob on behalf of the management while Zorawar Singh Jamwal, Secretary General of the Club present a shawl to the British law maker. Deepak Khajuria, Executive Committee Member conducted the proceedings while Dinesh Manhotra, presented vote of thanks. Executive Committee Members, Pawan Sharma, Ajay Bachloo, Surjeet Singh, Dinesh Mahajan and Vishal Bharti were also present on the occasion.