London, November 30 :The British Member of Parliament, Sir Tony Baldry has said that the Kashmir issue is continuously on the agenda of the European Parliament and cannot simply continue to rumble on unresolved year after year. The British Member of the House of Commons, Sir Tony Baldry in a detailed letter in response to the signed petitions on behalf of the constituents belonging to Banbury constituency said that the European Union could play a greater role in the settlement of the Kashmir dispute.
“I think this is one of those issues where having the European Union as a whole speak will have greater effect, particularly given that India aspires to join the UN Security Council, which will require the support of EU Member States,” he added.
The MP described Kashmir as a tragedy that “61 years later the people of Kashmir have never had the opportunity to be arbiters of their future.” “I am very conscious that the situation in Indian-controlled Kashmir is extremely grim for the Kashmiris,” Tony Baldry deplored.
“Only a few months ago, Channel Four television showed a documentary ‘Kashmir’s Torture Trail”, which reported the facts of the sad and intolerable disappearance of thousands of young people in Kashmir is continuing and that all too often there has been impunity for past and present violations in Kashmir,” Baldry said.
The British MP pointed out that “India has a number of pieces of legislation that are used to police Kashmiris in Indian-held Kashmir and make it extremely difficult for the Kashmiris even to be able to express their views and wishes.” Narrating the example he said, “India’s Armed Forces Special Powers Act gives authority to Indian troops to search homes and make arrests without any warrants and the right to shoot to kill with immunity from prosecution.”
“The Public Safety Act empowers Indian Armed Forces to detain people without trial,” he said. The signed petitions were presented to Sir Tony Baldry MP House of Commons London, by Concillor Alyas Ahmed and Iftikar Ahmed on behalf of the Advisory Council of Kashmir Centre London.
The Kashmir Centre London has begun the second phase of the signature campaign, which was launched on July 27, 2012.