European Parliament slams India for denying Kashmiris self-right



Members of the European Parliament on Tuesday strongly censured the Indian government’s continuous obduracy in denying the Kashmiris their fundamental right to self-determination as guaranteed by the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
In a special debate of the plenary of the European Parliament held at Strasbourg, France on the issue of Kashmir after 12 years, members of the European Parliament demanded the immediate lifting of lockdown, restoration of normalcy, fundamental rights, communication blackout, freedom of movement and release of political prisoners in the Indian occupied Kashmir. Council of the European Union’s Tytti Tuppurainen who read out a statement on behalf of the Vice-President of the Commission/High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, on the situation in Kashmir, said India’s steps on August 5, continued to violate the fundamental human rights in the Occupied Kashmir.
India had deployed additional troops in the occupied valley besides, the Line of Control.
She said since then the situation had not returned to normalcy as reports were pouring out about the arrests of political leaders and students.
She stressed upon the European Union to work with Pakistan and India to defuse further escalation and engage both parties for a peaceful settlement of the dispute in accordance with the wishes of the Kashmiri people.— APP

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