ISLAMABAD: Three-member British parliamentary delegation headed by Member Parliament Khalid Mahmood, Labour MP from Birmingham has reached Islamabad. All three members belong to opposition Labour Party who apparently is big supporter to right of self determination of Kashmiri people.
The delegation held a meeting with Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser in Islamabad on Monday and discussed the tense situation in Kashmir and trust-deficit relation between Pakistan and India. According to Islamabad sources, Khalid Mahmood on behalf of delegation assured that Britain will continue to raise its voice at every forum for peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions.
The delegation noted that peaceful resolution of Kashmir dispute will guarantee regional security. The British delegation also expressed the desire to further expand and strengthen relations with Pakistan in different fields.
In his remarks, Speaker National Assembly Asad Qaiser said British parliament should use its influence for resolution of Kashmir dispute as per aspirations of Kashmiri people. The speaker pointed out that Kashmir dispute is an unfinished agenda of the partition of the sub-continent.
Asad Qaiser said continuation of curfew in occupied Kashmir and denying the Kashmiri people their religious freedom is a serious violation of human rights. He said the world should take notice of the human rights violations in the occupied territory.
Later addressing a news conference, the parliamentary delegation said the world should take notice of grave human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir. Voicing concerns over the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir, the delegation said the world must act now before it is too late.
In his remarks on the occasion, Chairman of Special Committee on Kashmir Fakhar Imam said partition of the sub-continent is incomplete without resolution of festering Kashmir dispute. He said the UN Security Council meeting on Kashmir is infact a recognition of the fact that Kashmir is a disputed territory.
Khalid Mahmood MP said that Kashmir issue was a human catastrophe, which warranted immediate attention of the international community. He said that British people were aware of the plight of Kashmir people and would extend their outmost support for resolution of Kashmir issue. He said that atrocities being committed by Indian forces were highly condemnable. He along with his colleagues was on an informative visit about Kashmir issue and would apprise the British Parliament about the real situation on ground.
Two other MPs Imran Hussain and Stephen Timms also spoke about the situation in Kashmir. They said that Britain believes in civil liberties and human rights, therefore, it would push the case of Kashmir people on appropriate forums. They said that no one in the civilised world could support such cruelty against innocent civilians just to crush the just right.
Meeting with President
The delegation received briefings from the Foreign Office earlier. The delegation also met President Dr. Arif alvi and will visit the Line of Control over the next two days.
President Alvi appreciated the role of British Parliamentarians as a whole and said that they are real voice of Kashmiris in UK Parliament. “The Kashmiris are suffering at the [cruel] hands of Indian forces and Indian Government and whenever they [British legislators] raise their voice on their behalf and for them, they feel strength”, Dr. Alvi said.
Joint press conference
The AJK President, Sardar Masood Khan has stressed the UK Government and Prime Minister Boris Johnson to play their role in addressing serious human crisis and preventing ethnic cleansing of Kashmiri people in the Indian held territory.
“Being permanent member of the UN Security Council, it is the moral obligation of the UK to take cognizance of the worst human rights abuses and the carnage of innocent Kashmiri people at the hands of Indian forces in occupied Kashmir,” he said.
Addressing a joint press conference with the visiting five-member UK parliamentary delegation led by Labour Party MP Khalid Mehmood at Kashmir House here on Tuesday, the AJK president said that on the whole the UK’s role in the recent UN Security Council meeting on Kashmir was satisfactory, but the people of Jammu and Kashmir expect UK to play a more active role to bring improvement in the situation of occupied Kashmir.