A conference was jointly organised and held in the Macmillan Room, Portcullis House, House of Commons on 11-03-2015 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM. The aim of the conference was to highlight the abduction of 30 Hazara Passengers who were dragged off local buses in Shah Joyee district of Zabul Province in Afghanistan on 24-02-2015. Although, the conference was organised with short span of one week arrangements, it managed to gather a good number of people of all walks of life including five serving MPs of the UK’s mainstream political parties. The appearance and input of the MPs, as such, is also appreciable who had to reschedule their pre-booked meetings and commitments in the ongoing election campaigns in their constituencies. Among other valuable guests, Mr. Sadiqzada Haji (representative of Ayatullah Mohaqiq Kabuli for Europe, Canada, America and Australia) made a special trip from Norway to Britain to attend and represent the people of Afghanistan. Along with him, Liaquat Ameri (Political Counsellor for Afghan Embassy in UK) furthered the viewpoint and initiatives of the Afghan Government for safe release of the Abductees.
The MPs, who attended the conference, included Khalid Mehmood (Labour), John McDonnell (Labour), Andrew George (Liberal Democrat), George Galloway (Chairman – Respect Party) and Amber Rudd (Conservative Under Secretary of State for Climate Change and the Secretary of State for Energy & Climate Change). Ms Rudd, could not attend the conference due to her ministerial role and engagements, however, she dropped by to pledge full support of the Conservative and incumbent British Government over the abduction of innocent Hazara passengers. She also assured of unreserved support of the British Government in exercising its constitutional and international role for raising this issue through Foreign Office with the Afghan Government.
The APPG on the Third World Solidarity, Hazara International Forum of Great Britain and the Hazara United Movement (HUM), United Kingdom are profusely thankful to the valuable guests especially the UK MPs for sparing time and showing their unconditional solidarity with the families of the abductees.
Mr. Galloway deserves huge gratitude for sparing one complete hour to support the initiative.
George Galloway (Chairman – Respect Party)
In pursuant of this dire matter, a meeting was also arranged with the Afghan Ambassador at the Afghan Embassy on 12-03-2015 which lasted for an hour. A delegation of Hazara elders and notables were led by Hazara United Movement (HUM), United Kingdom and Hazara International Forum of Great Britain. Mr. Muhammad Yaar (Doctor), the Afghan Ambassador listened to the grievances and concerns of the delegate patiently who assured of exercising all available resources for safe and early release of the abductees. At the end of the meeting, a petition detailing the concerns and reservations of the APPG on Third World Solidarity, HUM and HIFGB was presented to the Afghan Ambassador who instructed the relevant quarter for its immediate transmission to the Afghan Government.
The news coverage of the event through international media shall be incorporated soon as HUM is still awaiting to obtain it from relevant news agencies.