In a historic move Padmashree Bob Blackman MP tabled an early day motion in commemoration of Kashmiri Pandits Balidan Divas on 14 September in United Kingdom Parliament.
“I have been vocal about the plight of the Hindus in Kashmir for nearly three decades and have campaigned for their rights. Justice has been much delayed and the gruesome genocide, remains unpunished in absence of Genocide Crime punishment law in India. UK also has a Genocide crime punishment law as it too was a signatory to the international convention. I hope the Indian government, fulfills its much awaited and long pending commitment to its citizens”, said Bob Blackman MP.
The early day motion in UK Parliament stated, “This House commemorates with deep sadness the Martyrdom Day of Kashmiri Hindus on 14 September, having lost their lives to cross-border Islamic Jehad on the population of Jammu and Kashmir, India, adding
“The house expresses its condolences to the families and friends of all those who were killed, raped and injured in this act of genocide.”
While lamenting the absence of justice to the victims of Genocide, the early day motion stated, “This House is concerned that the Kashmiris who fled to save life and limb have still not secured justice for the atrocities committed against them.”
Hurling praises on the displaced Hindu community it said, “The house commends the resilience and courage shown by the members of Kashmiri Pandit community who survived this gruesome ethnic genocide. “
The tabled motion further stated, “The house recognises the role of Panun Kashmir in campaigning for the rights of Hindus in Kashmir, and Urges the Government of India to legislate a Genocide Crime Punishment Law in fulfilment of their International obligation by being a proposer and signatory to the UN Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.”
‘Any attempts even the intents which ultimately led to exodus of hindus of kashmir need to be extirpated from the democratic systems as it has definitive wider ramifications ,it threatens the core idea of democracy ,rights, freedoms and liberty.’
It is pertinent to mention that Padmashree Bob Blackman UK Parliamentarian in a special reference had desired his name to appear in the list of signatories to this Joint statement issued by Panun Kashmir welcoming the neutralization of Article 370 and abrogation of 35 A. He is very vocal about the plight and pathetic condition of Exiled Kashmiri Hindus and a very trusted friend of India.
The EDM tabled in British parliament has come at a time when the entire displaced Hindu community is impressing on the Government of India to pass a legislation in Indian parliament in adherence to its commitment to “United Nations Convention on the Prevention and Punishment of the Crime of Genocide.”
India is a signatory and one of the first countries to propose this convention to United Nations in 1948.