Norway based Kashmiri Diaspora leader criticizes Norway's weak stance on Kashmir.


MIRPUR (AJK) -- A Norway based prominent Kashmiri leader Sardar Ali Shahnawaz Khan has reprimanded Norwegian foreign minister's weak stance on the latest deteriorating human rights conditions in Indian occupied Kashmir.

Referring to Indian action of revoking the special status of Jammu and Kashmir, imposing curfew, arresting people, disconnecting telephone and internet in Indian occupied Kashmir, Norway's Foreign Minister Ine M. Eriksen Soreide in a statement issued from Oslo on Sunday said the Indian authorities justified the security measures with a desire to prevent riots and violent clashes, says a message reaching and released to the media here Sunday evening.

Earlier, in a written question addressing the Foreign Minister Ine M. Eriksen Soreide, the parliament member Knut Arild Hareide from Christian Democratic Party (KrF) had asked her to give official stance regarding the situation in Indian formally occupied Kashmir.

Referring to Indian policy, Norway's FM further said, 'the Indian government explains the law amendment that the state's special position has been a source of national divide and an obstacle to growth and development. It is stated that it was never intended that the state's special position should be permanent.'

About international mediation between India and Pakistan, the FM said, the scope of action of external players was therefore limited in this context.

She, however, emphasized that Norway had repeatedly called on India and Pakistan to enter into a dialogue...

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