EU backs Musharrafs proposals on Kashmir
18 December 2006
The Daily Times
Islamabad: The European Union Parliament (EUP) welcomes the confidence building measures (CBMs) taken by India and Pakistan and supports the proposals made by President General Pervez Musharraf on withdrawal of troops from borders, said Neena Gill, who heads a EUP delegation, on Monday. The eight-member delegation met Hamid Nasir Chattha, Special Committee of Parliament on Kashmir chairman, in Parliament House. Gill praised an agreement reached between Pakistan and India aimed at promotion of bilateral trade and commerce. Other members of the delegation said composite dialogue and CBMs should continue between the two countries because it would normalise Pak-Indian relations. She said her team had discussed the Kashmir issue with Chattha and that Europe wanted peace in the region. All parties should resolve Kashmir dispute with consensus, she said, adding, that the delegation would visit Muzaffarabad to see development activities in earthquake- hit areas. She said voting in the EUP on Kashmir had been deferred until the delegation submits its report on the issue following the visit to Pakistan. Chattha urged the EU parliamentarians to influence India to talk seriously about Kashmir. If India withdraws troops from Indian-occupied Kashmir and repeals Kashmir-specific draconian laws, the militancy in the area will ease, he said. He claimed Indian troops were committing serious human rights violations in Kashmir.