Guest speaker Wajid Khan
The current turmoil in Kashmir has deep roots. The partition of the Indian sub-continent in 1947 left lasting scars on the region, especially in this most northerly territory, the setting for three wars and frequent border skirmishes between Pakistan and India since 1947. In August this year Indian Prime Minister Modi revoked the special status of India-administered Kashmir, raising new fears among the majority Muslim population that the territory would be subsumed entirely into India. This evening’s talk provides a context and a timely update on the political tensions in the region.
Wajid Khan served as the MEP for the North West of England from 2017-2019. In the European Parliament, he was a member of the Foreign Affairs Committee and Human Rights Subcommittee as well as sitting on the South Asia and Arab Peninsula. In November 2017, Wajid was appointed a Special Envoy to Muslim Communities for the S&D Group in the European Parliament. He was the spokesperson for the Labour party on human rights. He currently Deputy Mayor of Burnley