After being deported from India, British MP Debbie Abrahams caught the attention of cameras in Pakistan on Wednesday. Addressing a press conference with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi at Pakistan’s Foreign Ministry, she called it unfortunate that the British group was not allowed to visit India and Indian Administered Kashmir.
Debbie Abrahams is the head of the non-governmental group All Parties Parliamentarians Group for Kashmir (APPG).
She thanked Pakistan for allowing the group to visit Pakistan and Pakistani Administered Kashmir and expressed hope that India too would respond positively.
Debbie Abrahams thanked Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi’s cooperation and said that Pakistan has shown openness and adopted a reasonable approach on the issue.
She said the purpose of her visit was to review human rights violations on both sides of the Line of Control, and this was the Group’s third review in preparation for the report.
According to Debbie Abrahams, she is representing the British Parliament and people and not the British Government.
Debbie Abrahams said, the UN human rights chief will also visit Pakistan soon after the visit by the British Parliamentary Group.
The British Group has made it clear that the issue of human rights can never be bilateral. The group has expressed concerns that the delivery of medicines and food items is also being hampered in Kashmir during the six-month siege.
Responding to a question, Debbie Abrahams said, “We are not representatives of the British Government, but we can increase the pressure on the British Government to pay attention to human rights violations in Kashmir.”
‘The purpose of the visit is to review human rights violations on both sides of the LoC ‘
Debbie Abrahams has been critical of India’s move and expressed her concerns over the abolition of Kashmir’s special status, last year. Debbie Abrahams wrote to the British Foreign Secretary that the Parliamentary Group had serious concerns that ‘the special status of the disputed territory has been abolished, which is to betray the confidence of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.’
On arriving in Delhi on Monday, Indian authorities canceled the visa of Labour Party MP Debbie Abraham and deported her.
According to Debbie Abrahams, her visa was canceled when she arrived at Indira Gandhi Airport in Delhi. The visa was issued to her last October and it was valid until October 2020. Immigration officials did not disclose the reason behind their decision.
The Member of Parliament, who was elected from Oldham East and Saddleworth constituencyl, had gong to India on a personal visit. After arriving in Delhi on Monday from an Emirates flight, she was told that her visa had been canceled.
“I am ready to forget being treated like a criminal and I hope they will allow me to visit my family and friends,” she said in a statement.
On Debbie Abrahams’ remarks, the Foreign Minister of Pakistan said that he was in office today and would not be there tomorrow [someday]. For him, Shah Mehmood Qureshi said, the support of Parliament was very important as he considered himself more of a parliamentarian than the Foreign Minister.
Shah Mahmood Qureshi urged all parliaments around the world to raise voice over human rights violations in Kashmir.
According to Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, it has been two hundred days still the siege of (Kashmir) continues. The group is playing a vital role in highlighting the Kashmir issue. ‘
According to him, the UN Secretary-General has clearly stated in his recent visit to Pakistan that the Security Council resolutions are as effective today as they were the day before. “They have said this in Islamabad and Kartarpur too.”