Members of the overseas Congress delegation in the United Kingdom on Wednesday met Jeremy Corbyn, Leader of the Labour Party and Leader of the Opposition since 2015 in British Parliament.
Their discussions focused on the situation in Kashmir. Earlier, Corbyn had openly criticized India on the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
The delegation that met Corbyn comprised UK representatives from the Congress party.
Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweet “A very productive meeting with UK representatives from the Indian Congress Party where we discussed the human rights situation in Kashmir. There must be a de-escalation and an end to the cycle of violence and fear which has plagued the region for so long,”. He also posted a picture of the meeting in the tweet.
A very productive meeting with UK representatives from the Indian Congress Party where we discussed the human rights situation in Kashmir.
There must be a de-escalation and an end to the cycle of violence and fear which has plagued the region for so long. pic.twitter.com/wn8DXLohJT
— Jeremy Corbyn (@jeremycorbyn) October 9, 2019
Earlier in September, UK’s Opposition Labour Party had passed an emergency motion on Kashmir calling for Jeremy Corbyn to seek international observers to “enter” the region. Their resolution also called for Corbyn to meet the high commissioners to ensure there is “mediation” and restoration of peace and normality to prevent a potential nuclear conflict.
On 5th August the Indian government revoked Article 370 which gave special status to Jammu and Kashmir. Occupying administration has imposed a curfew in occupied Kashmir, suspended telephone and internet services, and detained the local leadership.
According to the Constitution of India, Article 370 provides provisions regarding special autonomy to the state of Jammu and Kashmir.
As per Article 35A, a person cannot acquire any immovable proper in Kashmir if he or she is not a permanent resident of the region.
Article 370 guarantees special status to Kashmir region, restricting the Indian state’s legislative powers.
Pakistan had strongly condemned the unprecedented New Delhi’s move to revoke Kashmir’s special status.