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Lord Ranger, one of the senior most Asian politicians in the UK, said Debbie Abrahams, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kashmir, is trying to add fuel to a complex bilateral issue between India and Pakistan

Debbie Abrahams MP

Lord Rami Ranger, chairman of the Conservative Friends of India, condemns the Labour tactics to polarise the Asian community in Britain and spoil Indo-UK relations.

Lord Ranger, one of the senior most Asian politicians in the UK, said Debbie Abrahams, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kashmir, is trying to add fuel to a complex bilateral issue between India and Pakistan.

Debbie Abrahams MP, Chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kashmir, was denied entry to India on Monday. She was technically deported to Dubai.

Arriving at Delhi Airport at around 8.50 am on Monday, 17th February, she was told that the e-visa that had been issued last October had been rejected. He staff claimed the visa has validity till October 2020.

LORD RAMI RANGER: India is a democracy and there must be some solid reasons for denying the entry

Ms Abrahams, MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth, in a statement said: “Along with everyone else, I presented myself at the immigration desk with my documents including my e-visa, had my photograph taken and then the official looked at his screen and started shaking his head.

“Then he told me my visa was rejected, took my passport, and disappeared for about 10 minutes.

“When he came back he was very rude and aggressive shouting at me to ‘come with me’. I told him not to speak to me like that and was then taken to a cordoned off area marked as a Deportee Cell.

“He then ordered me to sit down and I refused. I didn’t know what they might do or where else they may take me, so I wanted people to see me.

“He disappeared again when I rang my sister-in-law’s cousin, Kai, who I was meant to be staying with. Kai got in touch with the British High Commission and he tried to find out what was going on.

“After lots of different immigration officials came to me, I tried to establish why the visa had been revoked and if I could get a ‘visa on arrival’ but no-one seemed to know.

“Even the person who seemed to be in charge said he didn’t know and was really sorry about what had happened. So now I am just waiting to be deported, unless the Indian Government has a change of heart.

“I’m prepared to let the fact that I’ve been treated like a criminal go, and I hope they will let me visit my family and friends.”

Bilateral issue

Lord Rami said there may be some valid reasons for Indian officials to deny entry to the British MP.

“India is a democracy and there must be some solid reasons for denying the entry,” Lord Rami said  in Dubai when asked about the predicament of the British MP. “Pakistani sponsored protesters attacked India House, the Indian Mission in London, during major celebrations like Independence Day and Republic Day last year. None of these British MPs were there to condemn it. The attack happened in London.

“Before we interfere in other countries, we should be mindful of the consequences for our own country. Labour during the election polarised British citizens on Indian and Pakistani origins by taking a strong anti-India stand. That is not acceptable. Debbie and the Labour leadership are trying to undermine a secular and democratic country where equality for all is enshrined in the Constitution.”

 

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