EU Parliamentarians demand to ban on pellet guns is a welcome move: Abdul Hamid Lone

Arif Qureshi

Islamabad: All Parties Hurriyat Conference Azad Kashmir chapter leader Abdul Hamid Lone and the Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Self Determination Movement International (JKSDMi), Raja Najabat welcomed the EU Parliamentarians letter of concern about the continuous human rights violation in Indian controlled Kashmir by Indian forces. both expressed their gratitude to the members of European Parliament (MEPs) for highlighting the flagrant violations of human rights in Kashmir and putting their weight behind the recommendations of the United Nations report on the state of human rights in occupied Kashmir during recent hearing organized at the European Parliament in February 2019.

50 EU Parliamentarians through a letter addressing the Indian Prime minister Nidander Modoi called for the Ban of Pellet guns on Civilians in Indian-Controlled Kashmir. The letter was drafted by Wajid Khan, a Labor Member of the European Parliament representing the North West of England. Abdul Hamid Lone thanked the MEPs for showing the concern about the miseries of the people of Kashmir and asked India to pay attention to the international concerns and start tripartite dialogue for the resolution of long standing Kashmir issue.

“I am delighted that so many of my colleagues from different countries, different backgrounds and different political opinions have come together to condemn human rights abuses in Kashmir. The use of pellet guns on innocent women, men and children is completely barbaric and for too long it has been ignored by the international community. I sincerely hope that Mr Modi ensures that this terrible procedure ends soon.”

Wajid Khan, Member of the European Parliament 

An enormous, cross-party group of Members of the European Parliament have called for a ban on the use of pellet guns on civilians in India-controlled Kashmir, in a letter authored by Wajid Khan MEP. Mr Wajid Khan, a Labour Member of the European Parliament representing the North West of England, has been championed the cause of Kashmir in the Parliament since his appointment 2 years ago. The letter is a follow up to the historic Kashmir hearing that Wajid secured in the human rights committee in February.

The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Self Determination Movement International (JKSDMi), Raja Najabat Hussain responding the EU Parliamentarians letter said it is a right move at right time as India has forcibly occupied Jammu and Kashmir against the will of Kashmiri people and peace in the South Asian region is impossible without giving the Kashmiris’ their inalienable to self-determination.

Now the world is taking the Kashmir dispute more seriously and holds India responsible for the prevailing tense situation with Pakistan. He said we are trying to find out an acceptable solution of the Kashmir dispute because the people of Kashmir are peace-loving and civilized and have chosen a democratic way for securing their rights, 

Raja Najabat Hussain,Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Self Determination Movement International (JKSDMi) 

The letter demands the end of one of the many human rights abuses in Indian occupied Kashmir – the use of pellet guns against civilians. It particularly points out that using pellet guns is against international human rights law. The letter also highlights that the immunity that the Indian military currently enjoy is untenable and cannot continue.

On the prospect of a better future for Kashmir, Mr Khan commented: “A new future is dawning for Kashmir. I sincerely hope that everyone can work together to build a free and prosperous Kashmir. At one point, peace in Northern Ireland seemed a distant dream. We can do this if we work together. I really hope Mr Modi takes our letter into account and acts to ban pellet gun usage, as a first step.”

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