Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Vijay Jolly stirred a controversy when he was escorted out by the security at the Asia Pacific Summit 2019 in Cambodia for interrupting Pakistan leader Qasim Suri's speech on Jammu and Kashmir.
A video has surfaced online showing Suri, who is the Deputy Speaker in the National Assembly talking about the Kashmiris' right to self-determination at the summit in Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
Talking about the crackdown in the Valley, Suri said, “I want to direct your attention towards the human rights violations in Kashmir. Almost 100,000 Kashmiris have been martyred and thousands are missing.”
Suri added, “More than 11,000 women have been raped. More than 8,000 unmarked graves have been found.”
As he was speaking, an enraged Jolly got up from his seat and walked in front of the hall, shouting, “Kashmir is not an issue of this summit...What is this? This is wrong!”
Immediately, the security guards intervened and took Jolly outside the hall. Suri then continued his speech despite the ruckus.
Suri had also pointed out that the office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights has recorded usage of pellet guns, extrajudicial killings and torture of civilians by the Indian Army.
India has maintained that Kashmir is an internal matter while Pakistan has raised the issue on international forums several times, more so after the Centre abrogated Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August.
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