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Pak told to shut militant camps in PoK
Euro Parliament criticises failure to protect human rights

New Delhi, May 25
The European Parliament has come down heavily on Pakistan's repeated failure to protect human rights in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir in Gilgit and Baltistan and asked Islamabad to close down militant camps operating from that country.

It asked militants to declare a ceasefire followed by a demobilisation and reintegration process and recognised that without an end to terrorism, there can be no real progress towards a political solution to the Kashmir issue or in improving the economic condition of the people in J and K.

Adopting a report on Kashmir by Baroness Emma Nicholoson at Strasbourg with overwhelming majority last evening, European Parliament asked the militants to declare a ceasefire and said the governments of Pakistan and India should facilitate such a truce.

Nicholoson's report was adopted by 522 votes in favour and nine against.

It also urged Pakistan to close militant websites and magazines and suggested Pakistani and Indian governments consider introducing a law against hate speech.

While asking New Delhi to put an end to alleged practices of extrajudicial killings, "disappearances", torture and arbitrary detentions in Jammu and Kashmir, the European Union was appreciative of the Indian stand on Jammu and Kashmir.

It is “pleased to see recent moves in J and K to strengthen democracy (as evidenced by the 75 per cent turnout in recent local elections), and the moves by Prime Minister (Manmohan Singh) to reopen dialogue” with separatists, the resolution said. — PTI

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