Far-right Euro MPs lead landmark trip to Indian Kashmir

Far-right Euro MPs lead landmark trip to Indian Kashmir

Far-right Euro MPs lead landmark trip to Indian Kashmir

"This will let them know where the people of Kashmir stand", the prime minister added.

Pakistan had downgraded relations with India after the autonomous status of Jammu and Kashmir was withdrawn and the state was bifurcated into two Centre-administered Union Territories. The prime minister urged people not to take up arms for the cause of Kashmir as that it what India wanted.

The government has said the diplomatic outreach will allow European Union leaders to "see things for themselves" in Kashmir and help it counter Pakistan's narrative. "India wants to deflect the world's attention from the injustices that are happening in occupied Kashmir".

The spokesperson said that the people of Kashmir had rendered innumerable sacrifices in their struggle for self-determination and were committed to getting their freedom.

The EU delegation's visit comes days after six American lawmakers wrote to Indian Ambassador to the US Harsh Vardhan Shringla seeking free access for foreign journalists and Congressmen to Kashmir.

Pakistan observed "Black Day" on 27 October to mark the anniversary of what Prime Minister Imran Khan described as "the day Indian forces entered Kashmir in 1947". A detailed briefing was given to all foreign missions stationed in Islamabad on the latest situation in IOK.

Communist Party of India leader Atul Anjan claimed that it was Modi's attempt to make Kashmir an worldwide matter.

Main function of the "Black Day" was held in Muzaffarabad.

Agshin Mehdiyev, the OIC's permanent representative to United Nations, recalled the steps taken by the 57-member organisation in support of the Kashmiri people and urged the worldwide community to help them "decisively" in achieving their legitimate rights.

He further highlighted that since 05 August 2019, the scale and impunity of the Indian Government's human rights violations have increased several-folds. India is convinced that Pakistan will keep on piling pressure diplomatic pressure on India globally, while its Army will do its utmost to orchestrate violence in the Valley. Situation in IOK was discussed during the meeting.

Modi explained to the MPs that India's main objective in making legislative changes concerning Jammu & Kashmir was to achieve peace and ensure development in the region.

Separately, Khan said on Twitter that India should lift curfew in Kashmir.

"Continuation of these mass and grave human rights violations by Indian security forces with impunity under an exclusionary ideology of Hindutva has also led to the issuance of genocide alerts by reputable worldwide human rights organisations", he told the gathering.

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