Published: Tue, February 18, 2020
Global News | By Blake Casey

Debbie Abrahams: India denies entry to UK Labour MP critical of government

Debbie Abrahams: India denies entry to UK Labour MP critical of government

Abrahams said she had no plans to visit Kashmir during what she called a "private visit" to India to see relatives, although she had been planning to journey on to the Pakistani capital Islamabad to discuss the issue.

In a statement that was released on Twitter, Abrahams, who chairs a United Kingdom parliamentary group on Kashmir, said when she arrived at Delhi airport on about 8.50 a.m. on Monday where she was told that her e-visa issued in last October had been rejected. Upal told that the immigration department officials denied entry to Abrahams and also revoked her visa which was valid until October 2020, without citing any reason.

Debbie Abrahams, a member of parliament for the opposition Labour party, landed at New Delhi's worldwide airport on Monday but claims she was unable to clear customs after her Indian visa was rejected. "Yet, she arrived", a Home Ministry official said. "When he came back, he was very rude and shouted at me to come with him". The Washington Post has reported that Abrahams was supposed to visit Pakistan administered Kashmir after her two-day trip to India.

Abrahams arrived in Delhi with her aide Harpreet Uppal on an Emirates flight from Dubai at 9am on Monday. Kai got in touch with the British High Commission and he tried to find out what was going on.

On her Twitter page, Ms Abrahams has posted a letter she apparently wrote on August 5 past year, the day the government ended special status to Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 and enforced severe restrictions to avoid any violent protests. "Even the person who seemed to be in charge said he didn't know and was really sorry about what had happened", Abrahams claimed. So I said "no I want to know what's happening".

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The Labour MP has been a bitter critic of Delhi's move previous year to revoke Article 370 that granted a special status to the erstwhile state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Abrahams said she hopes that the Indian government will have a change of heart, and would excuse it for treating her "like a criminal", and let her visit her family and friends in India. "I will continue to challenge my own Government & others on these issues", she tweeted.

After the Indian government's move on abrogation of Article 370 had come, Abrahams had written to India's High Commissioner to the United Kingdom saying that the action "betrays the trust of the people of Kashmir". "I became a politician to promote social justice and human rights FOR ALL".

India took more than 20 foreign diplomats on a visit to Kashmir last week, the second such trip Prime Minister Narendra Modi´s Hindu nationalist government has organized in six months.

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