LAHORE -- European Parliament's Vice President Mr. Fabio Massimo Castaldo Friday assured his full support to Pakistan for extension in GSP-Plus status besides backing Pakistan's standpoint on Indian aggression in Kashmir and the controversial Indian law on citizenship.
Addressing a joint press conference with Governor Punjab Chaudhry Mohammad Sarwar, Mr Fabio also paid glowing tribute to Pakistan Army, its people and other security forces for their sacrifices in the war against terrorism.
European Parliament's Vice President Mr. Fabio Massimo along with European Parliament member Wajid Khan and Pak-Europe Friendship Federation Chairman Chaudhry Pervez Iqbal had a meeting with Punjab Governor prior to the news conference.
Regional situation, Kashmir issue, India's war hysteria, extension in GSP-Plus status for Pakistan and other matters came under discussion in the meeting.
European Parliament's Vice President Mr. Fabio Massimo said Pakistan had sacrificed 70,000 lives in the war against terrorism and establishment of peace in the region. 'I pay glowing tribute to Pakistan Army, its people and government of Pakistan', he said, adding that India was committing sheer violation of human rights in occupied Kashmir where women, children and youth were being treated inhumanely. This cannot be ignored in any way, he said.
Fabio lauded Pakistan's efforts for peace, saying said Pakistan was sticking to its stance of resolving Kashmir issue and restoration of peace through dialogue. 'I think it is the right way to resolve issues', he said.
European Parliament's leader asked India to stop atrocities on the innocent Kashmiris who had right to live a life free of aggression and tyranny. He vowed to raise an effective voice in the European Parliament to highlight violations of human rights in the occupied Kashmir. He termed the new Citizenship Act in India as against the human rights. He hoped India will review this bill as all the citizens had equal basic human rights. He said Germany and France had fought for centuries but today they were best friends.