BRUSSELS: A big diplomatic victory for Pakistan against India over Occupied Kashmir has been reported as the European Parliament's Committee on Foreign Affairs (AFET) on Monday met over Occupied Kashmir.
Pakistan has been lobbying in the European capitals for the Kashmir cause.
AFET demanded that India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi immediately lift the New Delhi-sanctioned curfew in occupied Kashmir.
Expressing serious concern over the complete communication and media blackout in the Muslim-majority Himalayan region, the European Parliament strongly criticised India and its members condemned the behaviour of Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) administration.
Members of the European Parliament demanded that India start a dialogue with Pakistan right away and Modi immediately lift the curfew in Kashmir.
The members further said the European Union (EU) and the European Parliament should issue a reactionary statement on the situation in occupied Kashmir as soon as possible.
On August 31, it was reported that the European Parliament, resuming its session after a six-week recess, would take on the issue of Kashmir in its Monday session. Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK) Prime Minister Raja Muhammad Farooq Haider Khan was scheduled to be present at the European Parliament to discuss the Kashmir issue. link link
It had requested the European External Action Service — the EU 's foreign ministry — to submit a full report comprising violation of human rights and international law.
Separately, the Kashmir Council EU chairperson had said the lockdown in Kashmir was a matter of concern since it had entered the fourth consecutive week.