Toronto rally urges Canada to impose ban on India

Toronto, July 17, 2016 (PPI-OT): Hundreds of Canadians from all walks of life gathered outside the Indian Consulate in Toronto denouncing Indian army crimes against innocent Kashmiris. Organized by the Friends of Kashmir, the rally was attended by the Canadians of different backgrounds including many of Kashmiri and Pakistani origins, and also a large number of Sikhs and other Canadians.

They not only raised slogans against Indian crimes but speakers also drew attention to the decades-long oppression of Kashmiris by the brutal Indian army. It was repeatedly emphasized that Kashmir was not part of India and had never been. There are several UN Security Council resolutions calling for a referendum in Kashmir.

Today, India maintains an army of occupation of more than 700,000 of which some 300,000 are stationed in Srinagar, the capital city. This makes Srinagar the most militarized city in the world with one soldier for every three civilians.

Toronto rally organizers also called upon the Canadian government to take note of these Indian crimes and demanded that sanctions be imposed on India to force it to comply with international law and Security Council resolutions. They also called upon the Canadian prime minister to cancel his forthcoming visit to India until it fulfills its international obligations.

The rally participants and organizers vowed to continue their protests until Kashmir achieves its freedom from the clutches of the brutal Indian army. Meanwhile, a candle vigil was organised outside the Council House in UK. Those who participated included the leader and chief executive of the council with the council members. Former AJK cabinet Minister Mahmood Riaz, Shamim Shawl Mohammed Eshaq, Nazir Ahmed Shawl and others attended the vigil.

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