British shadow foreign secretary lashes out at India over IOK
ISLAMABAD: (APP) The United Kingdom's Shadow Foreign Secretary Emily Thornberry has expressed concerns on human rights violations in the Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) and said the use of pellet guns by the Indian forces was not acceptable.
She also expressed disappointment on India's reluctance to allow a United Nations fact-finding mission to the IoK.
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She was talking to Prime Minister's Special Envoys on Kashmir Senator Lt Gen (retd) Abdul Qayyum and Qaiser Ahmed Sheikh, MNA, who met her at the British Parliament, said a message received here Saturday from the Pakistan High Commission in London, UK.
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The two envoys briefed the Shadow Foreign Secretary on the gross human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).
They reiterated Pakistan's commitment to resolve the issue peacefully.
They also urged Thornberry to raise the issue of human rights violations in the House of Commons and call upon the UK government to send a fact finding mission of British parliamentarians to IOK.
The secretary said the only solution to the conflict was through peaceful dialogue, keeping in view the aspirations of the Kashmiri people.
She also praised the role of the Kashmiri diaspora for highlighting the just cause of Kashmir in the UK.