British parliamentary delegation calls for peaceful resolution of Occupied Kashmir dispute

ISLAMABAD: A five-member British parliamentary delegation headed by Member Parliament Khalid Mahmood met with National Assembly speaker Asad Qaiser on Monday.

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The delegation said Britain will continue to raise its voice at every forum for peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions, adding that peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute will guarantee regional security.

The British parliament should use its influence for a resolution of Kashmir dispute as per the aspirations of Kashmiri people, said speaker Qaiser. The speaker pointed out that the Kashmir dispute is an unfinished agenda of the partition of the sub-continent.

The continuation of curfew in occupied Kashmir and denying the Kashmiri people their religious freedom is a serious violation of human rights, the NA speaker said, adding, “the world should take notice of the human rights violations in the occupied territory.”

Referring to bilateral relations between Pakistan and Britain, the speaker said Pakistan desires to strengthen its relations with Britain in diverse fields including economy, trade, and education.

He also stressed for greater parliamentary exchanges between the two countries in order to learn from each other’s experiences.

The British delegation also expressed the desire to further expand and strengthen relations with Pakistan in different fields.

Addressing the news conference later, the British parliamentary delegation said the world should take notice of grave human rights violations in the occupied Kashmir.

Voicing concerns over the prevailing situation in occupied Kashmir, the parliamentary delegation said the world must act now before it is too late.

Although being appreciative of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting on the occupied Kashmir, but stressed the world body must call spade a spade on the situation in the valley. “We stand for justice and will also visit the Line of Control to observe the situation,” they said.

Chairman of Special Committee on Kashmir Fakhar Imam said partition of the sub-continent is incomplete without resolution of festering Kashmir dispute, adding,  “the UNSC meeting on Kashmir is a recognition of the fact that Kashmir is a disputed territory.”

The world community especially the five permanent members of the UNSC should call for a lifting of curfew and all sorts of restrictions in occupied Kashmir, he added.

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