Mirwaiz discusses HR, Environment in Kashmir with EP

Srinagar: Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, who is currently in Brussels, Saturday discussed issues ranging from human rights violations to environmental degradation in Kashmir during separate meetings with members of the European Parliament.

In his meeting with Director European Parliament Centre, Josef Jenning, Mirwaiz said the international community should realize the importance of resolving the Jammu and Kashmir issue for a stable and peaceful south Asia. “The disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir is neighboured by three nuclear powers— India, China and Pakistan— and it resolution holds key to peace and stability of the entire region,” Mirwaiz said, according to a Hurriyat (M) spokesman in a statement to PBI.

“Mirwaiz also apprised Jenning about the deteriorating political situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the wishes and aspirations of Kashmiri people and the Hurriyat’s principled stand and efforts to find a solution to the issue,” according to the spokesman, and stressed on the international community’s role in facilitating talks between India, Pakistan and Kashmiris for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue.”

In another meeting, Mirwaiz informed European Parliament member and chairman of environmental committee, Jo Leinen, about the negative impact of uncertainty and turbulence of the last two decades on environment in Kashmir.

“The wanton loot of jungles and forests in Kashmir continues unabated due to the heavy presence of Indian armed forces while Kashmiris continue to bear the brunt of the treaties between India and Pakistan on Kashmir’s water resources,” Mirwaiz said while appealing European Union to utilize its expertise and other resources to save the deteriorating environmental balance in the region.

Mirwaiz also raised the issue of human rights violations in Kashmir with Heidi Hautula, another European Parliamentarian and chairperson Subcommittee on Human Rights of the European Parliament.

According to the spokesman, during his meeting with Heidi, Mirwaiz said the political, religious and human rights of Kashmiris were being usurped and people being detained under “black laws”.

“Mirwaiz urged the European Parliament to intervene in this matter since human rights organizations in Jammu and Kashmir and India had failed to do anything in this regard.” (PBI)

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