‘Decision to revoke Article 370 reprehensible, condemnable’ » Kashmir Media Service

London, August 09 (KMS): Rachel Reeves, Member of Parliament for Leeds West, has said that the decision to revoke Article 370 of the Indian Constitution is reprehensible and condemnable.

Rachel Reeves in a letter addressed to the Secretary of State said, the Indian government has imposed heavy restrictions on Kashmir with the deployment of thousands of additional troops, the suspension of telephone and internet services, the imposition of a curfew and the arrest of local political leaders. There have been reports of gunfire and other weapons being used to quell peaceful demonstrations locally, she added.

Rachel Reeves said, the United Nations resolutions have made clear that it should be up to the people of Kashmir to determine their own constitutional future through democratic means.

She said, the revocation of Article 370 will inevitability escalate tensions in a region, which is already one of the most militarised zone in the world. She said, “The UK Government has a moral and historical obligation to mediate between India, Pakistan and Kashmir at this time. We cannot be a bystander in this crisis; it is our responsibility to show leadership and call out an injustice when we see it. I urge you to publicly condemn the decision of the Indian government to revoke Article 370 and urge Indian to respect the human rights of all Kashmiris. The Kashmiris deserve self-determination and lasting peace and not further suppression from the Indian state.”

The Indian Parliament had passed a resolution on Monday revoking the Article 370 of its constitution, which granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.

Meanwhile, another MP and shadow Justice Minister, Imran Hussain, in a statement in London said that the Indian government was again acting in clear breach of international law, and instead of peace, it was pursuing further acts of division and aggression.

He condemned the dangerous actions and added that the British government and the international community must urgently denounce it. He said that at the same time, India had moved thousands of troops into Kashmir and reportedly made use of banned cluster bombs, placed Kashmiri leaders under house arrest, banned public gatherings and stopped schools and colleges from opening.

He said that the international community must condemn the illegal actions of the Indian government and its rejection of UN resolutions, as well as ongoing human rights abuses by its troops in occupied Kashmir. He also called for settlement of the Kashmir dispute through peaceful means.

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