A British member Parliament said he ‘secured’ debate on rights issues in Kashmir in the House of Commons.
David Ward, representing Bradford East in British Parliament, had applied to the Backbench Business Committee, supported by other MPs, for a debate on the political and humanitarian situation in the region, Bradford Telegraph reported.
“His actions were in response to a national petition supported by thousands of people and the motion stated: That this house believes that the ongoing Kashmir dispute is a threat to regional and global peace; further that the dispute is causing insecurity, instability and human rights violations; and further that the State of Jammu and Kashmir should be given the right to self-determination,” the news outlet reported on Sunday, July 27.
But as of now, no date has yet been set for the debate. Reports said it may take place in the autumn.
Bradford East lawmaker said: “The issue of Kashmir, its right to self-determination and concerns with human rights in the country has not been debated for some time in the House of Commons, and with the change of Government in India, it seemed that now is the right time for us in Parliament to have a full and frank debate about Kashmir,” reports said.
“The debate has cross party support with many MP’s giving their support to the holding of the debate. With many local people having families in Kashmir, this is a very live issue for many Bradfordians and I hope that this will act as a spur for further Government action.”