LONDON: UK parliamentarians on Wednesday held a Westminster Hall debate on the ‘political situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir’ proposed by Labour MP Sarah Owen.
Sarah Owen spoke concerning the restrictions imposed within the Indian-occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoJK) since August 5, 2019, when sure provisions of Article 370 had been revoked and Jammu and Kashmir had been accorded the standing of a Union Territory.
Talking concerning the restrictions in IOJK and evaluating it with the Covid-19 lockdown, she mentioned: “I am sure we have all caught ourselves at some stage moaning about the lockdown, but for the people of Kashmir, it is not something new and, unlike here, in IoJK, lockdown is not about safety; it is about control… The lockdown of 2019 shut off entire communities and their communications to the outside world.”
“Around 7 million people have been silenced and cut off. There were families worried about loved ones. Students studying in Luton were unable to get fees paid by parents in Indian-occupied Kashmir, as banking ceased. There are curfews to control people’s lives, not a virus—a lockdown enforced by half a million soldiers,” she mentioned.
The UK authorities was represented by the Minister of State of Foreign Affairs, Nigel Adams, who addressing the discussion board, mentioned that the UK authorities stays engaged with India though reiterating their place that it’s not “appropriate” for the UK Government to prescribe an answer or act as a mediator on the subject of the unresolved query of Kashmir between India and Pakistan.
“The scenario in IoK has been of specific concern to many right here right this moment, together with this Government, particularly because the revocation of article 370 of the Indian structure in 2019 and the introduction of plenty of restrictions on meeting and communications by the Indian Government, which has been raised by many Members.”
” We perceive that a few of these restrictions could have been relaxed, with broadband web partially restored, together with some entry to social media. This is welcome information, however extra needs to be executed,” mentioned minister Adams.
Meanwhile, the Indian High Commission in London additionally reacted to ‘Kashmir’ being debated by UK lawmakers.