Oslo: Knut Arild Hareide, the chairman of Christian Democratic Party of Norway and also a member of Parliament’s foreign relations committee, highlighted Indian military oppression in occupied Jammu and Kashmir while calling for its peaceful resolution.
“The Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan has once again flared up with the danger of another war between two countries with nuclear weapons. Conflict resolution and nuclear disarmament are highly crucial,” Mr. Knut said while addressing the parliament.
His remarks coincide with the unanimous resolution passed by Pakistani parliament expressing full solidarity with the Kashmiri people while calling for implementation of UN Security Council resolutions.
Oslo sees Jammu and Kashmir dispute as an international issue instead of a bilateral one, thus openly supports UN Security Council resolutions seeking plebiscite.
The Norwegian Parliament’s sub committee on Kashmir has been actively monitoring the situation since its formation 16 years ago. The members of the body come from all parties represented in the country’s legislature.
Like his predecessors, Knut Arild Hareide not only heads the foreign relations committee of the parliament but also the sub committee on Kashmir.
He told the parliament that the enormity of global crises presses the importance of Norwegian efforts to promote peace and reconciliation, work for climate, an active policy for poverty reduction and international justice more than ever before.
Urging the need to avert more wars, Hareide said already poverty, climate change and conflicts are forcing millions of people into refugees or labor migrants.
Norway is home to over 30,000 citizens of Pakistani origin, making them the largest minority in the country. Kashmiri Scandinavian Council is an active lobby group on Kashmir headed by Ali Shahnawaz Khan, a human rights activist from Rawalakot district in Azad Jammu & Kashmir.
King Harald V of Norway formally opened Norway’s 161st session of Parliament on Monday 3rd October in Oslo.