London, Feb 2: Pakistani High Commissioner to UK Wajid Shamsul Hasan has said the Kashmir issue is constantly highlighted in the UK, and British parliamentarians are voicing their concerns over the human rights situation in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir (PoK).
He further said that the recent article by British Foreign Secretary David Miliband in a UK daily "is an eloquent reminder" of the "elephant in the room that India refuses to see."
"Truth indeed pricks the conscience most, and that is why the Indian government, and its war-hysteria whipping media and those in cahoots with them have been irritated beyond reasonable comprehension when Foreign Secretary David Miliband hit the nail right on the head with his statement that the cause that compels the people to take up arms needs to be addressed," the Daily Times quoted Hasan, as saying.
Hasan also said the Pakistani civil society and media should support the government against extremism instead of "choreographing long marches as carnivals."
"Time has come for all those who believe in the Qaid's vision of Pakistan to unite and fight under the democratic leadership to save Pakistan from the religious scavengers," he said.
Hasan said the government was focusing on education because it was the most effective weapon against radicalisation and extremism.
"Can any government today deny its women job opportunities, and its girl-students venues to seek education? Most certainly not!" he said.
Hasan said this had brought the democratic government into direct conflict with the extremists "out there on the rampage in the northern areas destroying girls schools in hundreds, throwing acid at girls and women leaving their home for jobs to feed their children".