US House Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss Kashmir

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European Parliament to exchange views on IOK

WASHINGTON/BRUSSELS
In another diplomatic win for Pakistan, the
US House Foreign Relations Committee
said it will soon hear the issue of Indian
occupied Kashmir in its upcoming meeting.
Chairman of the House Sub-committee
on Asia Brad Sherman announced on
Friday that the subcommittee will soon
hold a hearing on the deteriorating situation
in IoK which has been under a
clampdown since August 5, reports a news
channel.
“The hearing will focus on the humanitarian
situation in Kashmir, where many
political activists have been arrested and
daily life, the internet and telephone communications
have been interrupted,” Congressman
Sherman said.
“Are people able to get food, medical
care, etc,” he asked.
“I had an opportunity to meet with
Americans from Kashmir Valley just a
week ago in the San Fernando Valley, along
with my colleague Congressman Andre
Carson, we heard stories of difficulties
encountered by my constituents and others
and the fears they have for their loved
ones,” Sherman said.
“I look forward to learning more about
human rights in Kashmir,” Sherman added.
Meanwhile, the European Parliament
will take on the issue of Kashmir in its up-
US House Foreign Affairs
Committee to discuss Kashmir
European Parliament to exchange views on IOK
coming session on Monday, Sept 2.
The European Parliament which will
resume after a recess of six weeks has requested
the European External Action Service
(Foreign Ministry of European Union)
to submit a full report consisting of violation
of human rights and international law.
Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister
Raja Farooqi Haider will be present at
the European Parliament when it will discuss
the Kashmir issue. The chairman of
the Kashmir Council EU has said that the
lockdown in Kashmir which entered its
fourth week, this week is a matter of concern.
Meanwhile, Foreign Minister Shah
Mahmood Qureshi on Saturday welcomed
the decision by the United States House
Committee on Foreign Affairs meeting to
discuss the deteriorating condition in Indian-
occupied Kashmir a major development.
The foreign minister said the discussion
by the committee would further highlight
the Kashmir issue globally. He also
noted that people all over the world are
coming together to show their support for
the people of occupied Kashmir. Appreciating
the Pakistani-American community
for playing a vital role in spreading awareness
on the atrocities faced by Kashmiris,
he said: “Overseas Pakistanis have
worked hard to highlight the Kashmir issue.”—
Agencies