EU should also speak for Kashmiris

EUROPEAN Union considers itself as the flag bearer of human rights and in case of Pakistan has often been seen bashing the country on issues such as restoring the moratorium on the death penalty –something which is totally an internal matter taken under specific circumstances to curb the menace of terrorism. But on the other hand, the Union regrettably is resorting to complete silence on the atrocities being committed by Indian forces in occupied Kashmir.
We saw the double standard of the EU at its recently concluded summit in New Delhi when in the final communiqué it made no reference of the situation in the IoK. This leaves no doubt in everybody’s mind that the human rights took a back seat at the summit level talks to political and economic expediency. At his weekly news briefing, Foreign Office Spokesperson Nafees Zakariya also very rightly pointed out the point reminding the EU to take a more principled and proactive stance on Kashmir while rising above any expediency. The countries within the EU must understand that such kind of discriminatory approach against Muslims will not help achieve the goal of peace and stability. Those living in the occupied valley are also humans and deserve the right to choose their future – something also accepted by the UNSC resolutions. The way Indian troops are mercilessly using pellet guns and have broken all records of atrocities against the hapless Kashmiris, it should have been enough to shake the conscience of world community which was very quick to stand up for the rights of the Christians of East Timor and South Sudan. Whilst important capitals owe it to the Kashmiri people, it is time that they play their role for bringing an end to bloodshed in the Valley as well as expeditious resolution of this dispute. Along with this, we should also fully use the services of Pakistan and Kashmiri Diaspora in the European countries in order to acquaint the people there about the plight of Kashmiris. This will definitely force the European leaders to take some sort of principled stand on the lingering dispute.

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