Senate President Sadiq Sanjrani has canceled an official visit to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) following a tribute by Abu Dhabi authorities to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi during a visit to the country, state media reported Sunday. On the disputed territory of Kashmir.
The visit of Sinjrani and the parliamentary delegation was scheduled between August 25 and 28 at the invitation of the Abu Dhabi authorities.
However, Sanjrani decided to cancel the visit, attributing this - in a press statement - to "Pakistan's support for the rights of the people of Kashmir to release from the Indian occupation," and because Islamabad "condemns the violations committed by New Delhi in Kashmir."
Abu Dhabi on Saturday awarded the Indian Prime Minister the highest honor awarded to civilian figures, at a time when the Kashmir crisis has escalated since the abolition of India on the fifth of this month, the provisions of Article 370 of its Constitution, which gives autonomy to the part controlled by the Jammu and Kashmir. This decision is expected to enter into force on October 1, 2019.
Since 1947, Pakistan and India have been contesting sovereignty over the Muslim-majority region. The two countries have fought two out of three wars over the conflict. India controls two-thirds of the territory, and the rest is under the control of its neighbor. According to a 2011 census, the region has a population of 12.5 million.
Following India's decision to abolish Kashmir's special constitutional status, it imposed severe security restrictions on movement and gatherings in the region, cut off all means of communication and the Internet, and arrested thousands of people as a result of the Kashmiri protests.
Closing its eyes to Indian PM Modi's persecution of Muslims in Kashmir (and his tolerance of violence against Muslims throughout India), the United Arab Emirates honors him. https://t.co/YbE1t7HiYP- Kenneth Roth (@KenRoth) August 25, 2019
Human Rights Watch
"The UAE turns a blind eye to the repression of the government of Indian Prime Minister Modi and honors Muslims in Kashmir," Kenneth Roth, executive director of Human Rights Watch, tweeted today, referring to the Indian official's medal.
The UAE has expressed its support to India's decision to abolish self-rule. The ambassador said that this step works to spread "stability and peace" and improve the conditions of the population, a step that led to the expulsion of Pakistan, the Indian ambassador to India.
A few days after India's decision, the UAE's Gulf News quoted Ambassador Al Banna as saying that the reorganization of the state is not a unique incident in the history of an independent India, and is aimed primarily at reducing regional inequality and improving efficiency. The recent decision on Kashmir was also considered an internal matter as stipulated in the Indian Constitution.