India blocks Pakistan-occupied Kashmir's 'president' Masood Khan's event in French Parliament

India has blocked Masood Khan, the 'president' of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir from attending an event in the Lower House of the French Parliament.

Press Trust of India October 03, 2019 11:08:12 IST
India blocks Pakistan-occupied Kashmir's 'president' Masood Khan's event in French Parliament
  • India has blocked Masood Khan, the 'president' of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir from attending an event in the Lower House of the French Parliament.

  • According to sources, Khan was supposed to address French parliamentarians at the event organised by the Pakistan Embassy in France.

  • The Indian mission in Paris issued a demarche and urged the French foreign ministry to stop the PoK president from addressing as Jammu and Kashmir

India has blocked Masood Khan, the 'president' of Pakistan-occupied Kashmir from attending an event in the Lower House of the French Parliament.

According to sources, Khan was supposed to address French parliamentarians at the event organised by the Pakistan Embassy in France.

India blocks Pakistanoccupied Kashmirs president Masood Khans event in French Parliament

File image of Masood Khan. Twitter @Masood__Khan

The Indian mission in Paris issued a demarche and urged the French foreign ministry to stop the PoK 'president' from addressing as Jammu and Kashmir is an integral part of India and the address will be an infringement of India's sovereignty, sources said.

France took note and barred Khan from attending the event.

Prominent members of the Indian diaspora also gave a signed representation to stop the event, sources said.

Tensions between India and Pakistan rose after New Delhi abrogated Article 370 that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir and passed a bill to bifurcate the region into two Union Territories.

Since then, Pakistan has been making futile attempts to internationalise the Kashmir issue, but has been snubbed by the international community.

India has maintained that its constitutional changes on Kashmir are strictly an internal matter, a stance supported by several countries across the world.

Earlier this year, France took the lead in designating Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) chief Masood Azhar as a global terrorist by the UNSC 1267 sanctions committee. This came in the wake of the Pulwama terror attack in Jammu and Kashmir on February 14, which was claimed by JeM.

Updated Date:

also read

Guf Kral — the endangered legacy of Kashmiri potters as they struggle to keep the art alive
India

Guf Kral — the endangered legacy of Kashmiri potters as they struggle to keep the art alive

Gufkral is a site inhabited by potters who utilise the caves. Among the oldest caves in Kashmir, some estimates trace their origin to around 3000 BCE

Temperature dips to minus 11°C in Gulmarg as Kashmir continues to reel under cold wave
India

Temperature dips to minus 11°C in Gulmarg as Kashmir continues to reel under cold wave

Srinagar, the summer capital of Jammu and Kashmir, also recorded sub-zero temperature on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday as the mercury settled at minus 2.7°C

Labourer injured in J&K's Samba under-construction bridge collapse dies in hospital
India

Labourer injured in J&K's Samba under-construction bridge collapse dies in hospital

Madan Lal of Chak Chandu was among the 27 people, mostly labourers, who were injured on 2 January when the iron shuttering over an under-construction bridge collapsed in Samba district of Jammu and Kashmir