Bob Blackman was addressing a UK-based Kashmiri Pandit gathering (Photo: UK Parliament)
British MP Bob Blackman on Sunday said India has a sovereign right over the entire Kashmir region and asked Pakistan to leave PoK. He was addressing a UK-based Kashmiri Pandit gathering organised in London. "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," Mr Blackman said at the "Balidan Divas" or Day of Sacrifice event held in London.
Organised 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''.
"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.
Tensions between India and Pakistan have escalated ever since the Narendra Modi government abrogated the Article 370 of Indian Constitution that gave Jammu and Kashmir a special status.
Islamabad had demanded that the UN Human Rights Council (UNHRC) set up a commission to look into what it termed as “Indian brutality" in the region.
India has categorically told the international community that the scrapping of Article 370 of the Constitution to revoke the special status of Jammu and Kashmir was an internal matter and also advised Pakistan to accept the reality.