Many families in Bury have family and friends in Kashmir and on Wednesday at the Annual General Meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir I was delighted to be elected as the new Chairman.
Kashmir is a disputed area between India and Pakistan. The seeds of the dispute were sown in the partition of Pakistan and India when the Countries became independent of Britain in 1947. Part of the area of Kashmir was placed under the control of India and part under the control of Pakistan. A detailed history of Kashmir is on Wikipedia here
The stated aim of the All Party Group is
‘To support the right of self-determination of the Kashmiri people through dialogue; to seek support from British parliamentarians; to highlight the abuses of human rights in Kashmir; and to seek justice for the people.’