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Kashmir rally disallowed in UK

Birmingham City Council has withdrawn permission for a rally marking the death of a Kashmir 'martyr' after protests from the Indian government.

Jul 7, 2017
Birmingham City Council has withdrawn permission for a rally marking the death of a Kashmir 'martyr' after protests from the Indian government.
 
Burhan Wani, 22, was killed in Kashmir valley one year ago when he was 'commander' of the Hizbul Mujahideen separatist group. His death sparked violent protests, leaving dozens more dead. Wani had been a leader of Hizbul Mujahideen, a Kashmir separatist group which has reportedly been classified organisation by the European Union, the US and India.
 
Birmingham City Council initially gave permission for the memorial rally, named in Wani’s honour, to be held in Victoria Square on Saturday. Posters circulated on social media advertising the event carried a picture of Wani said: “We will take back what is ours forcefully. We will not rest until Kashmir is free from Kuffars and hoist the flag of Islamic Ummah.”
 
But the council has now withdrawn its backing and cancelled the gathering after concerns were raised about the posters and after the Indian government made an official objection to the UK.
 
 
Indian Deputy High Commissioner Dinesh Patnaik lodged a formal complaint to the Foreign Office. He had said: “Allowing anti-India elements to flourish here in the name of democracy will not do.”

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