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Kashmir tensions echo in Norway's parliament.

OSLO -- Knut Arild Hareide, the chairman of Christian Democratic Party of Norway and also a Member of Parliament's Foreign Relations Committee, on Friday highlighted Indian military oppression in occupied Jammu and Kashmir while calling for its peaceful resolution.

'The Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan has once again flared up with the danger of another war between two countries with nuclear weapons. Conflict resolution and nuclear disarmament are highly crucial,' he said while addressing the parliament.

His remarks coincide with the ongoing joint session of the parliament with increasingly tense situation at the Line of Control with India where Delhi has amassed the latest lethal military hardware and personnel.

Oslo sees Jammu and Kashmir dispute as an international issue instead of a bilateral one, thus openly supports UN Security Council resolutions seeking plebiscite.

The Norwegian Parliament's sub committee on Kashmir has been actively monitoring the situation since its formation 16 years ago. The members of the body come from all parties represented in the country's legislature.

He told the parliament that the enormity of global crises presses the importance of Norwegian efforts to promote peace and reconciliation, work for climate, an active policy for poverty reduction and international justice more than ever before.

Urging the need to avert more wars, Hareide said already poverty; climate change and conflicts are forcing millions of people into refugees or labour migrants.

Norway is home to over 30,000 citizens of Pakistani origin, making them the largest minority in the country. Kashmiri Scandinavian Council is an active lobby group headed by Ali Shahnawaz Khan, himself a member of Christian Democratic Party and hailing from Rawalakot district in Azad Jammu and Kashmir.

Ali lauded the efforts of Norwegian parliament and Christian Democratic Party chief for promoting peace development and for supporting peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. The KSC executive director also admired the Norwegian people for their role in conflict resolution across the globe.

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Publication:The Frontier Star (Northwest Frontier Province, Pakistan)
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Date:Oct 8, 2016
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