AJK Prime Minister trying to bring amendment to Emma Nicholson Report
26 January 2007
The Daily Times
Islamabad: Azad Jammu and Kashmir Prime Minister Sardar Attique Ahmed Khan continued his discussion on the third day with the European Parliament in Brussels for an amendment in the Emma Nicholson Report on Kashmir. The AJK premier is off on a tour of Europe to contact EU parliamentarians to build pressure to bring amendments in the controversial report. The debate on the report in the EU Parliament went on for more than an hour on the third day, Thursday. The prime minister and the executive director of the Kashmir Centre Brussels observed the parliamentarians debate. The meeting was chaired by Elmer Brok, the chairman of European Parliaments Foreign Relations Committee, and was actively participated by other parliament members Glen Ford, David Martin, Gomez Passelo and Liz Lynne who stressed the need to acknowledge the centrality of the Kashmir dispute in the report. They also recognised Kashmiris right to self-determination according to United Nations resolutions. The AJK prime minister and other Kashmiri leaders have lobbied to highlight the dispute and by now many parliamentarians have started recongnising the flaws of the report. The prevailing mood in the parliament now seems in favour of bringing amendments in the report.