Theresa May want India & Pakistan to sort Kashmir’s issue
UK’s stand on Kashmir still remains unchanged
Theresa May, the British Prime Minister has said that the UK’s stand on Kashmir still remains unchanged and it is a bilateral issue between the countries India & Pakistan to address.
The issue has also been raised in the House of Commons during the weekly Prime Minister’s Questions session yesterday by the Pakistani-born Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi, who has asked if the Kashmir issue would form part of May’s discussions during her visit to the country India next month.
“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 both the countries India & Pakistan to deal with and further sort out,” the British PM said in Parliament, further clearly indicating that Kashmir was unlikely to be on the agenda during her bilateral talks with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, when she visits India between November 6 and 8.
Will the Prime Minister discuss human rights abuses and the issue of self-determination for Kashmiri people?
Qureshi, who represents a heavily Pakistani-origin constituency situated in Bolton in north-west England, had also questioned in the Commons: “Will the Prime Minister meet with me and cross-party colleagues in order 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 further dismissing any meeting herself, said: “The foreign secretary [Boris Johnson] has heard her representations and I am sure he will be interested in taking those issues up with her.”
The British PM is further scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on November 6 for her first overseas bilateral visit outside Europe. Besides inaugurating the India-UK Tech Summit alongside Modi, she will be also holding talks with her Indian counterpart before heading to Bengaluru.
May will be accompanied by a business delegation comprising small and medium enterprises from across the UK and her international trade minister, Liam Fox.