Islamabad: British Labor party MP Debbie Abrahams, head of British parliamentary group on Kashmir, said we are not anti-India or pro-Pakistan, rather are pro-human rights, she revealed that the head of UN Human Rights Commission will soon visit Pakistan and India to collect documentary evidence about prevailing situation in Kashmir. “It is our obligation according to the UN Convention to speak up against another state experiencing human rights violation, she said during a joint press conference at the Foreign Office alongside Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Wednesday.
MP Debbie Abrahams, attempted entering India earlier this week and was denied entry into India after the government revoked her visa, she was refused entry at the Delhi airport and deported since her visa had been revoked. Government sources later said her visa was revoked because she indulged in “anti-India” activities.
MP Abrahams said she wants to reiterate her demand to visit Jammu and Kashmir. “Pakistan has shown an open approach towards resolving the Kashmir issue,” Abraham also said, adding that she wants to visit Jammu and Kashmir to see for herself the ground situation there. “We are an independent group, we are not anti-India or pro-Pakistan,” Abrahams also said. “We wanted to make sure that the delegation visits Jammu and Kashmir I have gotten no responses for my requests for delegation visit to Jammu and Kashmir by India,” Abrahams also said.
MP Imran Hussain , Senior Vice-Chair APPGK and Shadow Justice Minister (Labour), reacting to India’s stance that Kashmir was a bilateral issue with Pakistan said, “Human rights can never be bilateral issues, they are international issues for the international community and anybody reverting back from that point needs to go back and check the rule book.
The delegation also met with Prime Minister Imran Khan who commended the Group’s consistent focus on the Jammu & Kashmir dispute and noted the important contribution made by its earlier reports on the human rights situation in the Indian Occupied Jammu & Kashmir. The prime minister said Pakistan believed that a just and lasting solution of the J&K dispute was essential for peace, security and stability in South Asia, He reiterated Pakistan’s commitment to continue supporting the Kashmiri people in their struggle for justice and inalienable right of self-determination.
The British delegation included Debbie Abrahams MP, Imran Hussain, James Daly MP, Treasurer APPGK (Conservative), Lord Qurban Hussain, Secretary APPGK (LibDem), Tahir Ali MP, Vice-Chair APPGK (Labour), Sara Britcliffe MP (Conservative), Mark Eastwood MP (Conservative), Judith Cummins MP (Labour), Yasmine Dar, Member Labour Party’s National Executive Committee (She was instrumental in getting the Labour’s resolution on Kashmir), Harpreet Uppal, parliamentary staff, Sabah Kanwal, parliamentary assistant, Raja Najabat Hussain, Chair J&K Self Determination Movement Intl (JKSDMI) and Shadad Qumar.