J&K part of sovereign India, Pakistan should leave PoK: UK MP


One of Britain’s most outspoken MPs on the Kashmir issue Bob Blackman
has called on Pakistan to leave Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, asserting
that India has a sovereign right over the entire region.

a UK-based Kashmiri Pandit gathering organised here on Saturday, the
Conservative Party MP countered the Pakistani government’s plan to move a
United Nations resolution in the wake of India’s August 5 decision to
revoke Article 370 of its Constitution and end the special status of
Jammu and Kashmir.

“The entirety of the state of Jammu and
Kashmir is part of sovereign India, and people that ask for UN
resolution to be implemented ignore the first resolution, which is that
Pakistani military forces should leave Kashmir to re-unite the state,”
Blackman said at the “Balidan Divas” or Day of Sacrifice event held in

by the Kashmiri Pandits Cultural Society and All India Kashmiri Samaj
(AIKS), the event involved a theatre production titled ‘We Remember: The
Journey of Kashmiri Pandits’. It was put together by children and
friends of Britain’s Kashmiri Pandit community to capture the sentiment
behind the lost homes of many Kashmiris.

“A powerful performance
by all the children in the play and the Bharatanatyam dance. Appreciate
your commitment and support Bob Blackman,” Indian High Commissioner to
the UK Ruchi Ghanashyam said in a tweet.

Blackman has been speaking out in favour of India since the decision to revoke Article 370 found echoes among Britain’s MPs.

north London MP, who is also chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group
(APPG) on British Hindus, has been a long-time supporter of Prime
Minister Narendra Modi. He had also written to British Prime Minister
Boris Johnson accusing Opposition Labour Party MPs of making provocative
claims against India.

“I strongly support the revocation of
Article 370… Narendra Modi has again shown proper and strong leadership
in honouring the manifesto of the BJP – now is the time to properly
integrate Jammu and Kashmir into the Indian Constitution,” he said.

between India and Pakistan spiked after New Delhi ended Jammu and
Kashmir’s special status on August 5 and bifurcated it into two Union

Pakistan downgraded its diplomatic relations with India and expelled the Indian high commissioner following the revocation.

Asserting that the abrogation of Article 370 was its “internal matter”, India has asked Pakistan to accept the reality.

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