The European Union Parliament on Wednesday slammed Pakistan for its support to terrorists and supported India's stance on Kashmir. The parliament also rejected the demand of Pakistan for invervention in the Kashmir matter and asked India and Pakistan to engage in direct dialogue on to ensure a peaceful resolution to the issue.
Ryszard Czarnecki, European Conservatives and Reformists Group's member for Poland, said, "India is the greatest democracy of the world. We need to look at terrorist acts that took place in India and Jammu & Kashmir. These terrorists didn't land from moon. They were coming from neighboring country. We should support India."
Echoing his thoughts, Fulvio Martusciello, European Conservatives and Reformists Group's member for Italy, said, "Pakistan has threatened to use nuclear arms. Pakistan is somewhere where terrorists have been able to plan bloody terrorist attacks in Europe." He also talked about tremendous human rights violation in Pakistan."
Starting the debate, EU Minister Tytti Tuppurainen said 'no one could afford another escalation in Kashmir.'Â Freedom of movement and means of communication should be fully restored as well as access to all essential services, she said. Tuppurainen also added that the EU will continue to closely monitor the situation in the region.
This is the second time since 2008 that the European Parliament General Assembly has discussed the issue. Tensions are high between India and Pakistan after New Delhi abrogated provisions of Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmirâ€™s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories on August 5.
Earlier, Pakistan had also suffered a setback after China said the Kashmir issue will not be a major topic of discussion during the planned 2nd informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and President Xi Jinping.