In a major setback for Pakistan, the European Parliament, on Tuesday, stood with India on Kashmir at its General Assembly in Strasbourg, France, according to sources. Sources report that the majority of the members spoke in support of India while allegedly terming Pakistan an ambiguous country. Members in the European Parliament have also reportedly said Kashmir is an entirely bilateral issue and no point of third party mediation. It also asserted that Brussels has no role in Kashmir.
Sources report that India's major supporting members were Spain's Javi Lopez, France's Julie Lechanteux, Poland's Ryszard Czarnecki, UK's Dinesh Dhamija, and France's Gilles Leberton. Apart from extending India its support, the members have also stated that Pakistan is a perpetrator of terror, as per sources. The members have also reportedly said that the terrorist attacks on Indian Jammu Kashmir are coming from Pakistan. The European Parliament has stated that it will monitor and make efforts to avoid escalation.
Extolling India's great democracy, the members have also reportedly pointed out to the assembly that India has triple talaq practice, thus protecting the human rights of Muslim women. This is the second time since 2008 that the European Parliament General Assembly has discussed the Kashmir issue. The parliament mainly focused on debating the steps taken by the Indian parliament to abrogate article 370. It also debated the ongoing communication blockade in the Valley. As per news reports, the final remarks on the debate will be decided by Finland as it holds the current presidency in the European parliament.
Earlier on September 10, Pakistan at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) - Geneva, Switzerland, in its 115-page dossier against India's abrogation of Article 370 and its alleged atrocity in Jammu and Kashmir has quoted Congress' Rahul Gandhi and National Conference leader Omar Abdullah in its cover page. It also alleged charges against India of Human rights violation, reading statements of the likes of Shehla Rashid, Arundhati Roy, Kavita Krishnan who have spoken against India's decision to abrogate Article 370 that provided special status to Jammu and Kashmir. While lashing out against India, Pakistan foreign minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi accidentally called Jammu and Kashmir "an Indian state". Till date, Pakistan, in all its official communication, has been referring to Jammu and Kashmir as "Indian-administered Kashmir".
All allegations of Pakistan was rebutted by India. MEA Secretary East Vijay Thakur Singh smashed Pakistan's lies and exposed the country on an international forum even as she did not name the country. Exposing the Pakistani lies, Singh called it 'epicenter of global terrorism'. "A delegation has given a running commentary with offensive rhetoric of false allegations & concocted charges against my country. The world is aware that this narrative comes from epicenter of global terrorism, where ring leaders were sheltered for years," India's statement read.