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International criticism to India over deception tactics during foreign envoys visit Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir

London: The international community’s criticism grew like an avalanche towards India for the country’s latest disguise tactics during the EU and other peace envoys’ visit to IOK region.

Raja Fahim Kayani, President Tehreek e Kashmir(TeK) UK said that Indian authorities had planned a visit of the European Union and African envoys to illegally Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir in order to put a cover on the human rights violations in the disputed territory.It was surprising to see how the world’s so-called biggest ‘democracy’ was trying to fool the world by such hypocritical attempts. If they are so fair, they must allow UN fact-finding mission.”

Kayani further said ”India has been involved in severe violation of human rights in IIOJ&K in the last seven decades and specially since 5th August 2019 but It is important to mention that the purpose of the European Union and African envoys’ visit on 17th of February 2021 was to show to the world that the situation in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir is normal and create an environment for upcoming trade and investment agreement between EU and India likely during the bilateral summit to be held on 8th of May 2021.

Reacting over the upcoming visit arranged by New Delhi in order to show fake normality of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Raja Fahim Kayani President TeK UK wrote a letter to H.E Mr. Volkan Bozkir, President of the United Nations General Assembly; H.E António Guterres, Secretary General of the United Nations, Head H.E Michelle Bachelet, The United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights; Josep Borrell , High Representative of the Union for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy , Arena Maria, Chair of the Subcommittee on Human Rights of European Parliament, David McAllister, Chair of the Committee on Foreign Affairs of European Parliament, and other the UN and EU’s officials.

Danish MP Sikandar Siddique also criticised India’s latest attempts on disguising the tragic situation in IOK and tweeted that ”Just as ‘guided’ (aka heavily choreographed) tours in North Korea, benefit only the regime, these visits in occupied regions of Jammu and Kashmir are useless. The UN must have real access to document Modi’s violations of human rights’.

British MP and Shadow Deputy Leader of the House of Commons Afzal Khan said “India welcomed a delegation to Indian Occupied Kashmir but it still refuses the United Nations or any other independent organisation to enter into the disputed region Jammu and Kashmir .The UN must be allowed unfettered access to Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, to fully assess the humanitarian situation & help broker peace”

British MP Rachel Hopkins said ”The diplomatic delegation to Indian Occupied Kashmir must be able to visit wherever they wish to and speak to whoever they want to.”

British MP and Chair Labour friends of Kashmir Mr Andrew Gwynne also issued a statement about the matter and said that: ‘We hope news of the 22 Foreign Diplomats visiting Indian Occupied Kashmir is a newfound spirit of openness by India and these representatives will have unrestricted access to all the affected areas and will be able to speak to whoever they like’.

Former MEP John Howarth also highlighted that ‘ The delegation visiting Jammu and Kashmir at the invitation of the government of India, is composed of experienced international diplomats;these are people who can recognise propaganda when they see it; and I expect them to be fully sceptical about what they see and allowed to see. But the delegation we really need, the presence we really need in Jammu and Kashmir is one of international observation under the auspices of the UN, free to move at will, and to look at whatever they want. Is only that we will see the abuses of human rights that have taken in Kashmir, come to an end’.

British MP John Spellar , Former Minister of state said “visit of foreign diplomats to Jammu and Kashmir must now urgently pave way for United Nations Fact Finding Mission with full access”

Political Strategist and Seniour Political Adviser Sheni Hamid also reminded everyone once more about UNSC’s crucial role on the matter; stating: ‘The citizens in IOJ&K do have solid evidences to prove that Genocide happening in the region. Since the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are amongst the core values to be kept by UN; and since UN member India has also signed the Geneva Convention and the Genocide Convention, UNSC has a crucial obligation to act towards stopping genocide from happening in IOJ&K. However, organising a guided tour to International delegation visiting IOK, will not bring any help to the region; because the visiting delegation will only be allowed to see a rosy picture in the area. Consequently, this will mislead their judgement for a fair conclusion. So, the delegation and UNSC should insist on fact based evidences with regards to the ongoing genocide in IOJ&K’.

Raja Fahim Kayani, President TeK UK also added ”Before this delegation visit, Indian authorities restored the internet and security forces arrested a number of human rights activists including chairman International Forum for Justice Human Rights (IFJHRJK), Mohammad Ahsan Untoo.” Mr Kayani reminded everyone that, central to the idea of European integration is the notion that democracy depends on respect for fundamental human rights. This is an issue of particular importance at the present juncture in view of the free trade agreement that is due to be signed between Europe and India. The advantages of freeing up the flows of trade between such important markets as Europe and India are well understood. But the issue of preserving fundamental human rights reflects a principle that is more important than the purely commercial benefits that will be generated by freeing trade with India. Tehreek e Kashmir UK is seriously concerned that the international community should have a realistic and valid picture of conditions affecting the civilian population in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

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