Meeting of All Party Parliamentary Group on Kashmir in British Parliament irks India
LONDON - A meeting of the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kashmir this week received a critical update on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir from the president of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, Masood Khan.
India has been irked with the move played by the Pakistan and the Azad Kashmir government.
Categorised as a “country group”, the AAPG on Kashmir is cross-party group governed by rules set by the House and are subject to oversight by the parliamentary standards commissioner.
APPGs focus on countries and subjects, and invite leading lights for hearings and events.
Chaired by Labour MP Chris Leslie, the 10-member group on Kashmir has seven Labour lawmakers – including Indian-origin Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi – and three from the Conservative Party. The meeting on Thursday was also attended by Pakistan high commissioner Syed Ibne Abbas.
The purpose of the APPG on Kashmir is described as: “To support the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people through dialogue; to seek support from British parliamentarians; to highlight the abuses of human rights in Kashmir; and to seek justice for the people there.”