ISLAMABAD, Sep 17 (APP):The members of the European Parliament on Tuesday strongly censured Indian government’s continuous obduracy in denying the Kashmiris their fundamental right to self determination as guaranteed by the United Nations Security Council resolutions.
Speaking in a special debate of the plenary of the European Parliament held at Strasbourg, France on the issue of Kashmir after 12 years, the members also demanded immediate lifting of lockdown, restoration of normalcy, fundamental rights, communication blackout, freedom of movement and release of political prisoners in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IOJ&K).
Tytti Tuppurainen, Council of the European Union, reading 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.
She said restrictions imposed by Indian on the fundamental rights were of grave concerns to them and the European parliament high representative had already taken up the issue with the Indian external minister in Brussels.
The European Union should demand lifting of the restrictions by restoring basic human rights, restoration of all social services and freedom of movement, Tytti said, adding no one could afford another escalation over occupied Kashmir.
Concluding her statement, she said the EU would continue to monitor the situation and stressed upon the EU to make every effort to avoid escalation in the region.
Traian Basescu, Group of the European People’s Party (Christian Democrats), categorically termed the situation in IOJ&K as alarming and unacceptable.
He said continuous trampling of the fundamental rights of the Kashmiri people continued unabated in the occupied valley and warned that due to escalation two nuclear armed powers were in head to head conflict.
Maria Arena, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, expressed concerns over arrests in the occupied valley where the hospitals and houses were running out of basic needs including medicines and foodstuff.
The deployment of ten million Indian soldiers had turned the valley into world’s highly militarized zone whereas rapes were committed by the Indian forces.
She warned that the situation was made more dangerous by Modi’s government after it revoked the autonomous special status of Occupied Kashmir.
Shaffaq Mohammad of Renew Europe Group, said being a Kashmiri himself, the situation in the Occupied Kashmir pained him greatly.
He said Kashmir was in real crises as the sufferings of the local people had been surging.
He called upon the EU which proudly stood for human rights to secure the rights of the Kashmiri people and play its role for the security and stability of the region.
Shaffaq demanded that Kashmiri people should be allowed to exercise their right to self determination. The EU could be a facilitator in the process by pulling them out of the darkness.
Gina Dowding , Group of the Greens/European Free Alliance, also voiced his concerns over the lockdown which continued for more than one month.
She said there were serious reports about rapes and unlawful detentions by the Indian forces in the IOJ&K which were also appalling.
The mobile phone services were shut down and there was complete lockdown, she said, stressing that the EU should demand that these human rights violation should be stopped not for the Kashmiris living in the IOK but also for those hundreds of Kashmiris living in the UK.
She demanded restoration of all the basic rights of Kashmiris and urged the EU to play its role in ending the crises.
Bernhard Zimniok, Identity and Democracy Group, maintained that the Kashmir dispute remained unresolved in the last seventy years with the occupied valley witnessing countless deaths.
He said the EU could support the peace process to resolve the issue between the two countries.
Miss Idoia Villanueva Ruiz, Confederal Group of the European United Left – Nordic Green Left, stressed upon peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue in accordance with the international resolutions.
Richard Corbett, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, said that the coercive step taken by the Indian government was a stain on the democratic face of India.
The only viable and permanent solution was to allow the Kashmiris their right to self determination in line with the UNSC resolutions after the issue was taken by the India to the UN. He also demanded implementation of those resolutions.
Phil Bennion, another member, also demanded lifting of the curfew and release of all the political leaders in the Occupied Kashmir.
He demanded that the EU delegation should be allowed to visit the IOJ&K.
Nosheena Mobarik, European Conservatives and Reformists Group, said that the EU always upheld the basic principles in treaties, so it should also press for implementation of UN resolutions on Kashmir.
She held India responsible for its bellicose attitude and destruction in Occupied Kashmir.
She called upon the EU to set aside its apathy and ensure the Kashmiris their right to self determination which was denied by India.
Giuliano Pisapia, Group of the Progressive Alliance of Socialists and Democrats in the European Parliament, Anthea Mcintyre and other members also stressed upon hectic diplomatic efforts on part of the EU to resolve the decades old dispute which could destabilize the whole region.
Referring to the UN human rights commission reports about human rights violations in the IOK, they lamented that these violations continued with indiscriminate use of pellet guns against innocent people including infants.
No one was held responsible for maiming and killing of innocent people.
Sylviane H. Ainardi particularly mentioned that Kashmir was a disputed region as recognized by the UN and said that it was incumbent upon this house to uphold fundamental rights of the Kashmiris.