–UK parliamentary group visits Azad Kashmir; slams India for rights violation, curfew in occupied region
ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday underscored that the international community must play a role in raising awareness about India’s crimes against humanity in Kashmir and force the country to comply with the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolution concerning the occupied region.
He was talking to a cross-party delegation of UK parliamentarians led by Debbie Abrahams, Chair of All-Parties Parliamentary Kashmir Group (APPKG), which called on him at Prime Minister’s House.
The prime minister said Pakistan believed that a just and lasting solution of the Kashmir dispute was essential for peace, security, and stability in South Asia. He reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to continue supporting the Kashmiri people in their struggle for justice and inalienable right of self-determination.
Imran Khan commended the Group’s consistent focus on Kashmir and noted the important contribution made by its earlier reports on the human rights situation in the region.
The prime minister apprised the delegation of dire human rights and humanitarian conditions and underlined that eight million Kashmiris were under a military siege for the last six months, with all their rights and freedoms taken away.
The prime minister also highlighted the threat to peace and security posed by the Indian leadership’s belligerent rhetoric and aggressive actions on the ground. The prime minister also highlighted that India could resort to a “false flag” operation in order to divert international attention from its unacceptable actions in the IOJ&K.
Earlier in the day, All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir in UK Parliament Chairperson Debbie Abrahams slammed the Indian government for not allowing the group to visit Kashmir.
Addressing media briefing along with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi in Islamabad on Wednesday, she said the purpose of group’s planned visit to Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Indian Occupied Kashmir was to review human rights situation there.
She said Islamabad extended all-out cooperation to the UK Parliamentary Group for visiting Azad Kashmir, but New Delhi did not allow the group to visit held Kashmir. Debbie Abrahams further said the head of UN Human Rights Commission will soon visit Pakistan and India to collect documentary evidence about the prevailing situation in Kashmir. She expressed hope that India will cooperate with the Commission just like the Pakistani government.
Speaking on the occasion, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi regretted that the situation in Kashmir was getting deteriorated following Indian illegal and unilateral actions of August 5 last year. He urged the UK Parliament Group to brief the United Nations on the human rights situation in the held region.
Qureshi appreciated the United Nations Secretary General’s remarks in which he called for implementing UN Security Council’s resolutions on Kashmir.
Speaking on the occasion, Group’s Senior Vice-Chair Imran Hussain said the Kashmiri people are facing communication blackout and that they were are unable to get access to the essential commodities, including medicines owing to continuous curfew. He said we are here to explore the human rights situation on the both sides of the Line of Control.