London, June 04: During cricket match between Pakistan and India in London, Kashmiris came out in protest shouting: “Go India Go” slogans.
Carrying placards with pictures of Burhan Wani, the protesters were raising pro-freedom slogans.
It was not immediately known if there are Kashmiris and Pakistanis inside the stadium with the Kashmiri placards. For the last few days, the Kashmiris living in UK had launched a campaign to use the match as an awareness event on Kashmir by using placards that get attention towards Kashmir.
Some of the members of these protesting groups were wearing t-shirts with captions: “We are proud to be Kashmiri.” In one such gathering there was a green-white flag with Srinagar written on it. These groups had brought bands with them to get the maximum of attention from crowds around.
One report said that some of these protests are being confronted by the NRIs living in UK. There were pro-Pakistan slogans also being raised in some of these gatherings. There are peculiar Kashmir style slogans “…wali azaadi” also heard from one crowd. Most of these groups seemingly were pro-Pakistan groups.
UK has a huge Kashmir origin population. In fact most of Mirpur lives in UK. They have been early settlers in the country at a time when UK was reconstructing after the last war.