Members of the Indian diaspora on Friday protested against Pakistani-origin UK politician Lord Nazir Ahmed, who held an anti-India campaign on the occasion of the nation’s 69th Republic Day on January 26, reported PTI. While Lord Nazir led a campaign ‘India leave Kashmir’ calling his supporters to observe a ‘Black day’, members of the Indian diaspora raised slogans against him for trying to incite emotions outside the High Commission.
In their ‘Chalo India House’ demonstration, pro-India protesters said the country supports peace, while Pakistan has been continuously engaging in proxy war and terrorism. Talking to news agency ANI, one of the activists said: “I am here today to tell Lord Nazir that they are asking for independence for my state of Jammu & Kashmir but I want freedom from Pakistan sponsored terrorism, ceasefire violations, and their proxy war.” The demonstrations were held outside the Indian High Commission building as Scotland Yard officers stood guard.
Minister of State for Home Kiran Rijiju on Saturday praising the Indian diaspora for countering the British Lord’s agenda tweeted, “Salute to the Indian patriots in London. The minuscule fringe elements can’t dent the spirit of India. We are all one from Arunachal Pradesh to Jammu & Kashmir, Nagaland to Rann of Kutch, Kanyakumari to Punjab.”
The Indian High Commission in London branded the protest as a “desperate attempt by a disgraced politician” who had been suspended from the Labour party in 2013 following an anti-semitism row.
The organisers, who had mobilised a ‘Chalo India House’ demonstration to counter Ahmed’s plans, and a few dozen anti-India protesters tried to shout each other down outside the Indian High Commission, reported PTI.
(With input from agencies)