European Union expresses grave concern over Jammu and Kashmir curbs

Jammu and Kashmir

Brussels Sep 18 ; External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar will be in Finland from September 19 to 21, which is the current EU chair, to explain the reason behind the restrictions in Jammu and Kashmir after Article 370 has been abrogated .

The European Union (EU) on Wednesday expressed concern about the situation on the ground in Jammu and Kashmir and “restrictions on fundamental freedoms”,

Jaishankar will be meeting Pekka Haavisto, and will also call on Finland’s President Sauli Niinistö and Prime Minister Antti Rinne to hold discussions on the Kashmir issue.

After India scrapped its Constitution’s Articles 370 and 35A, which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir, and divided the state into two union territorie.

According to Geo News, the Co-Chair of the Friends of Kashmir Group in the EU Parliament, Richard Corbett, called for utilizing “all possible means to mount pressure on India to ease the military curfew in occupied Kashmir”.

He also proposed the “imposition of trade sanctions on New Delhi and restrictions on the travel of those involved in committing human rights violations and acts of terrorism in Indian-occupied Kashmir”.

The report said that in early September, the European Parliament “had debated an urgent resolution for the horrible conditions, including human rights violations, in Indian-occupied Kashmir”.

The European Union’s High Representative for Foreign Affairs and Security Policy, Federica Mogherini, delivered a detailed policy statement on the Kashmir situation on September 17, it said.

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