British MP Debbie Abrahams has applauded efforts by Islamabad its openness in Pak-administered-Kashmir and vowed to keep pressing the British government for resolving the longstanding Kashmir dispute.
Debbie Abrahams commented while addressing a joint press conference with Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi at Foreign Office. Abrahams said that she is grateful to the Pakistani Foreign Office for its supportive role during the visit as the group’s visit is aimed to observe the human rights situation in Azad Jammu and Kashmir and Jammu and Kashmir.
Kashmiri people are encountering troubles for many days in the valley and the group has serious concerns over the HR report, she added. Abrahams said that they are all well-aware of what is going on in Jammu and Kashmir.
The British MP slammed India for denying access to the UK parliamentary group to Jammu and Kashmir, on the other hand, the Pakistani government has provided maximum support and its positive gesture must be appreciated. She expressed hopes that India will cooperate with the parliamentary group on Kashmir like Pakistan.
Debbie Abrahams announced that the head of the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Commission will soon visit Pakistan and India for collecting documentary evidence about the prevailing situation in Kashmir. She expressed hope that India will cooperate with the Commission just like the Pakistani government.
The lawmaker said they are part of an independent and impartial parliamentary group which does not represent the UK government. She vowed that the group will continue pressing British officials over for the rights of Kashmiris and it is necessary to continue efforts to resolve one of the longest-running land disputes.
Earlier, Abrahams was denied entry into India after the government revoked her visa, visited Pakistan on Wednesday and said that she was not anti-India or pro-Pakistan but just wanted to see the ground situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
Abrahams, who is chairs a British parliamentary group on Kashmir, attempted entering India earlier this week. However, she was refused entry at the Delhi airport and deported since her visa had been revoked. Government sources later said her visa was revoked because she indulged in “anti-India” activities.
On Wednesday, Abrahams visited Pakistan along with eight other MPs from the UK Parliament. Abrahams and the MPs met Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi. Addressing media on Wednesday afternoon, Abrahams said she wants to reiterate her demand to visit Jammu and Kashmir.
“Pakistan has shown an open approach towards resolving the Kashmir issue,” Abraham also said, adding that she wants to visit Jammu and Kashmir to see for herself the ground situation there. “We are an independent group, we are not anti-India or pro-Pakistan,” Abrahams also said.