EU lashes out at India over HRs violations in IHK.

Islamabad -- British Member of the European Parliament (MEP) Julie Ward has said human rights violations in Indian-held Kashmir are a matter of great concern for the British people as well as the whole world.

Ward, who is currently in Strasbourg for the plenary session of the European Parliament, said the occupied valley is the most militarized area in the world where human rights violations by the occupying forces happen on a daily basis and have sadly become part of the local population's day-to-day life. She said Indian forces routinely use pellet guns, particularly against the young people, adding that these weapons are capable of inflicting serious injuries although they are classified as no-lethal. 'Pellet guns are used indiscriminately against protesters and bystanders during street demonstrations. The Indian army appears to be particularly targeting the eyes of the victims, which ends up in blindness in many cases,' she lamented.

Ward said she has raised the issue of human rights violations many a time during her mandate at the European Parliament. 'I have also spoken twice in the UN Human Rights Council on the issue of women victims of violence in...

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