UK MP slams India for not allowing parliamentary group in IOK

ISLAMABAD: A United Kingdom MP, who was denied entry into India for her views critical of the situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir, on Wednesday arrived in Pakistan.
Debbie Abrahams, chairperson All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir in UK Parliament has slammed the Indian government for not allowing UK Parliamentary group to visit Occupied Kashmir.
Addressing media briefing along with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, she said the purpose of the 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 UK Parliamentary Group for visiting Azad Kashmir, but New Delhi did not allow the group to visit Occupied 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.

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Speaking on the occasion, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi regretted that the situation in Occupied Kashmir is getting deteriorated following Indian illegal and unilateral actions of 5th August last year.
He said that Indian brutal and real face stands exposed before the international community, and massive Indian brutalities are ringing wake up call for the international community.
The foreign minister urged the UK Parliament Group to brief the United Nations on the worst human rights situation in Occupied Kashmir.
Qureshi appreciated the United Nations Secretary General’s remarks in which he called for implementing UN Security Council’s resolutions on Kashmir. He urged parliaments of various countries, including UK House of Commons, to pass unanimous resolutions on Kashmir just like Pakistan.
Speaking on the occasion, Senior Vice-Chair All-Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir MP Imran Hussain said the Kashmiri people are facing communication blackout in the held valley and they are unable to get access to the essential commodities, including medicines owing to continuous curfew. He said the group is here to explore the human rights situation on both sides of Line of Control.
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