London Mayor Sadiq Khan has condemned the anti-India march on the issue of Kashmir issue on the occasion of Diwali in London.
Sadiq Khan said that this would cause the British capital to split into different sections in London. Sadiq Khan has appealed to the organizers and those attending to cancel the rally.
Organizers of the march asked for rally permission. At this protest rally, five to ten thousand people were ready protest before the Indian High Commission in London.
In response to a letter from India’s member Naveen Shah of the London Assembly, a letter has been issued by London-based Mayor Sadiq Khan. The letter states that ‘the protest against the Indian High Commission in London on the occasion of Diwali is totally condemnable.
Sadiq Khan wrote in the letter: ‘When the people of London need to come together, such a protest march will lead to discrimination. Whoever is the organizer of this rally and who wants to attend it, think again. ‘
The letter was issued by the Mayor of London on October 18.
Strong letter from @SadiqKhan to @NavinShah2016 opposing the protest march to the @HCI_London on Diwali ‘….only the Home Secretary has the power to ban marches…’ @PrimeshPatel @AjayHMaru @RajeshAgrawal @SeemaMalhotra1 pic.twitter.com/mH7yAhu4ug
— Gareth Thomas (@GarethThomasMP) October 20, 2019
Sadiq Khan wrote: ‘As you know, the Home Minister has the right to ban the demonstration. I am also sending this letter to Home Minister Priti Patel and Metro Polytun Police Commissioner Cressida Dick so they can understand our concern about this march. ‘
Naveen Shah, in his letter, also mentioned a violent encounter with the Indian High Commission on August 15.
About this, Sadiq Khan wrote: ‘I understand the concern of British Indians. Many fear the protests before the Indian High Commission. I assure the Londoners that anyone who does anything illegal will be held responsible.
REVISED TWEET: Concerned re #Kashmir Rally planned on #Diwali day & resultant disorder+deep offence 2 #Hindu community. Written to @MayorofLondon to help stop the Rally. Glad Mayor condemns the protest & approached @metpoliceuk Commissioner & @patel4witham to ban the Rally. pic.twitter.com/KuuXLqHcxu
— Navin Shah AM (@NavinShah2016) October 19, 2019
According to news agency PTI, Sardar Masood Khan, President of kashmir under Pakistan’s administration and Prime Minister Raja Mohammad Farooq Haider Khan are also participating in the protest. The rally has been named as the Free Kashmir Rally.
Addressing the mayor of London on October 17, Naveen Shah wrote that he was writing to his local public representatives and organizations that approached me to stop the anti-India rally on the occasion of Diwali.
Naveen Shah wrote in his letter that people approached him and said that the anti-India march on the occasion of Diwali is completely insensitive. In his letter, Naveen Shah has tagged the Mayor of London as well as the Metropolitan Police Chief and UK Home Minister Priti Patel.