Kashmir issue is to be sorted out by India and Pakistan: UK

File Photo: Theresa May, Prime Minister of United Kingdom.

British Prime Minister Theresa May has said that the UK’s stand on Kashmir remains unchanged and it is a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan. The issue was raised in the House of Commons during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session Thursday by Pakistani-born Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi.

Yasmin Qureshi had asked if the Kashmir issue would form part of May’s discussions during her visit to India next month.

File Photo: Indian forces conduct flag march in Srinagar.

File Photo: Indian forces conduct flag march in Srinagar.

“I take the same view as this government has since it came into power, and indeed previously, which is that the issue of Kashmir is a matter for India and Pakistan to deal with and sort out,” the British PM said in Parliament, clearly indicating that Kashmir was unlikely to be on the agenda during her bilateral talks with Prime Minister Narendra Modi when she visits India between November 6 and 8.

Qureshi, who represents a heavily Pakistani-origin constituency of Bolton in north-west England, had questioned in the Commons “Will the Prime Minister meet with me and cross-party colleagues to discuss the human rights abuses and the issue of self-determination for Kashmiri people, as was set out in the resolution of the UN in 1948 and can she raise this issue with the Indian Prime Minister.”

May, while dismissing any meeting herself, said. “The foreign secretary [Boris Johnson] has heard her representations and I am sure will be interested in taking those issues up with her.”

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