Indian excessive commissioner ought to be banned from UK Parliament over Kashmir abuses: Labour MP

High Commissioner of India to the United Kingdom, Gaitri Issar Kumar. Photos: ReporteHindustan Times
Excessive Commissioner of India to the UK, Gaitri Issar Kumar. Pictures: ReporteHindustan Instances
  • Labour MP Tahir Ali has referred to as for the Indian Excessive Commissioner to the UK to be barred from Parliament due to the army occupation of Kashmir.
  • Says the UK and different international locations want to talk up and finish their silence on Kashmir on the Home of Commons.
  • Says “we elevate these points time and time once more however Kashmiris are nonetheless subjected to appalling human rights abuses by the hands of a brutal occupying army pressure.”

LONDON: Britain should act on the world stage to assist finish human rights abuses by a “brutal occupying army pressure” in Kashmir and India’s Excessive Commissioner to the UK should be barred from getting into the UK Parliament in the identical manner entry was denied to Chinese language envoy just a few days in the past, British Parliament heard in passionate speeches on Thursday.

Labour MP Tahir Ali, whereas talking to the Home of Commons, referred to as for the Indian Excessive Commissioner to the UK to be barred from the Parliament due to the army occupation of Kashmir.

The Birmingham Corridor Inexperienced MP stated motion ought to be taken by the UK as a result of the state of affairs in Kashmir was “one other instance of the mess left by the British Authorities in 1947”.

He pointed to how Oldham East and Saddleworth MP Debbie Abrahams, a Kashmiri rights campaigner, had been deported from India in February this 12 months, saying: “British parliamentarians, Indian politicians sympathetic to the Kashmiris, worldwide observers, are all denied entry to the Indian Occupied Kashmir.

“Earlier this month, China’s ambassador to the UK was prevented from getting into the Parliament to attend a gathering with the All-Get together Parliamentary Group on China. This initiative happened due to the protest by the Speaker and Lord Speaker in response to China imposing a journey ban on 5 MPs and two friends.”

He added: “So I ask the identical justification is given and measures taken towards the Indian Excessive Commissioner, who continues to be allowed onto the Parliamentary property. It looks as if we’re ready to take motion towards China however not India.

“That is clearly double requirements, and why I’m demanding the Indian excessive commissioner is barred from the Parliamentary property pending an finish to the army occupation of Kashmir.”

UK, different international locations want to talk up on Kashmir

Imran Hussain, Labour MP for Bradford East, stated he anticipated the UK Authorities to recommend that disputes within the area ought to be resolved bilaterally and in addition rise up for the rights of oppressed folks.

In a passionate speech that was important of India and its actions in occupied Kashmir, Hussain stated the UK and different international locations wanted to talk up and finish their silence.

“For over 70 years, the little kids of Kashmir have been subjected to persecution, oppression, and injustice in probably the most brutal method. For over 70 years, they’ve been butchered, maimed, and killed by the hands of an occupying Indian army working below the draconian Armed Forces (Particular Powers) Act. And for over 70 years, they’ve had their rights eroded, had their freedoms stripped away, and has their self-determination denied.”

Hussain argued that human rights and the fitting to self-determination are “worldwide points” earlier than noting: “We elevate these points time and time once more however Kashmiris are nonetheless subjected to appalling human rights abuses by the hands of a brutal occupying army pressure.

“If the UK and the remainder of the worldwide group proceed to stay silent and proceed to refuse to uphold UN resolutions, and the right-wing Modi authorities continues to actively ignore them and unilaterally quash the Kashmiri wrestle, then what’s the level of us speaking right here?”

He added: “It is a time that we should begin demanding and forcing actual motion of our authorities and of the worldwide group.”

Hussain concluded his speech by saying: “My remaining feedback, as a proud British Kashmiri, shall be this – and let me be completely crystal clear about this – the Kashmiris usually are not begging the worldwide group, the Kashmiris don’t bow earlier than the worldwide group, the Kashmiris all over the world unite to demand our birthright to self-determination and to find out our personal future.”

‘Journalists not allowed in IOJK’

Debbie Abrahams, Chair of All-Events Parliamentary Group on Kashmir, condemned human rights abuses within the Indian Occupied Kashmir. She lauded Pakistan for all the time facilitating their visits to Azad Kashmir however added that India by no means allowed such entry. She identified that journalists usually are not allowed in IOJK.

A number of MPs talked about that Pakistan’s Excessive Commissioner Moazzam Ahmad Khan had despatched a file on human rights abuses in occupied Kashmir, which is kind of eye-opening. 

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