UK green party assures Kashmiris, Sikhs of support on self-determination

Sarfraz Ali 02:24 PM | 6 May, 2015
UK green party assures Kashmiris, Sikhs of support on self-determination
ISLAMABAD (APP) - The Green Party has issued a powerful statement supporting Kashmiri and Sikh Diaspora on their key human rights concerns ahead of Thursday's polls in the United Kingdom.

Responding to the call made at a major international Conference held at Birmingham's Council House last week, the party's National Spokesperson on Foreign Affairs has acknowledged the "urgent need to protect the human rights of Sikhs, Kashmiris, Christians and other smaller minority groups in India, all of whom face serious threats."

According to Kashmir Media Service, Tony Clarke, who is himself standing for election, spoke out against those in India who use violence to control the people as they have "designed a systematic structure to punish populations who are regarded as enemies of whatever the current power relationship is. Seeking change or self-determination, or even as little as asking for human rights are met with iron resistance and punishment".

Mr Clarke was critical of the indifference shown by many governments in the international community but in issuing his statement to the Conference organisers, responded directly to their call for assurances on the post-election scenario.

He stated: "Rest assured then that however many Green Party MPs are elected to Parliament after the 2015 General Election, all of them will be working in Parliament and with the diaspora communities in the UK to bring pressure for intervention with the Indian Government and to call for recognition of and respect for the right of self-determination as set out in the 1966 International Covenants on Human Rights, for the release of political prisoners and for justice for the victims, their families and all those affected over too many years".

Sarfraz Ali
Sarfraz Ali

Sarfraz Ali is working as Editor Web for Daily Pakistan. He earned a postgraduate degree in Mass Communication from IUB and diploma in International Print Journalism from Thomson Foundation UK. He regularly writes on ...


ISLAMABAD – Pakistani rupee finally ended its losing streak against US dollar on Tuesday, gaining Rs4.43 after massive depreciation over the last week.

During the intra-day trading, the rupee was hovering at 266.75 with an appreciation of around 1.07 percent as talks between Pakistan and IMF underway for a stalled bailout programme.

Earlier on Monday, the rupee plunged by Rs7 and the greenback touched all-time high of Rs272. Last week, the local currency dropped by Rs24.54 in the interbank market – the largest single-day depreciation in more than two decades.

Finance experts linked the rupee’s recovery to exporters offloading some of their proceeds as remittances and export continued days after dollar cap was removed.

The country of over 220 million is facing a worst economic crisis with the forex reserved held by the country’s central bank remaining at critical $3.68 billion which were not enough to cover a month's import.

KARACHI – The price of a single tola of 24-karat gold in Pakistan is Rs205,900 on Tuesday. The price of 10 grams of 24k gold was recorded at Rs176,530.

Likewise, 10 grams of 22k gold were being traded for Rs162,500 while a single tola of 22-karat gold was being sold at Rs 182,100.

Note: The gold rate in Pakistan is fluctuating according to the international market so the price is never been fixed. The below rates are provided by local gold markets and Sarafa Markets of different cities.

City Gold Silver
Lahore PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Karachi PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Islamabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Peshawar PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Quetta PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sialkot PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Attock PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujranwala PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Jehlum PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Multan PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Bahawalpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Gujrat PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nawabshah PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Chakwal PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Hyderabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Nowshehra PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Sargodha PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Faisalabad PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370
Mirpur PKR 205,900 PKR 2,370


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