The UK authorities on Wednesday reiterated its unchanged stance that the state of affairs in Kashmir stays a problem for India and Pakistan to discover a lasting political decision to the difficulty.
Responding to a debate held within the House of Parliament advanced on the “Political situation in Kashmir”, Foreign, Commonwealth and Development Office (FCDO) minister Nigel Adams burdened that it isn’t for Britain to play any mediatory position in a bilateral matter.
“The government’s policy [on Kashmir] remains stable, it’s unchanged. We continue to believe that this is for India and Pakistan to find a lasting political resolution to the situation that takes into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people… as laid out in the Simla Agreement,” mentioned Adams, in his capability as Minister for Asia.
“It’s not appropriate for the UK government to prescribe a solution or act as a mediator,” he mentioned.
At the top of the controversy held at Westminster Hall within the House of Commons, the minister made reference to the District Development Council (DDC) democratic elections held within the area in December final yr, which Labour Party MP Barry Gardiner identified attracted the free and truthful participation of over 50 per cent of the native citizens.
And, responding to points raised by cross-party MPs across the revocation of Article 370, which led to the creation of Jammu and Kashmir as Union Territories in August 2019, the minister welcomed the discharge of politicians held in protecting custody and stories of broadband restrictions being lifted within the area.
“We understand some of these restrictions may have been relaxed, with broadband/internet partially restored along with some access to social media. This is welcome news, but more should be done…,” he mentioned.
The debate, organised by backbench members of Parliament led by Labour’s Sarah Owen, included the participation of cross-party British MPs, lots of whom have a big Kashmiri diaspora constituency base.
“The people of Kashmir deserve the opportunity to thrive and succeed, so more broadly we welcome the commitment that the Indian government has made to the economic and social development” of Kashmir, mentioned Adams.
India has categorically advised the worldwide group that the scrapping of Article 370 was its inside matter. It additionally suggested Pakistan to simply accept the truth and cease all anti-India propaganda.
The Indian High Commission in London sought to spotlight that since final yr, a sensible wi-fi mission has enabled high-speed web entry within the area and that regardless of threats of terror assaults, difficult climate situations and the Covid-19 pandemic, landmark DDC elections had been concluded in December 2020.
“J&K has not only normalised since August 2019 but is actually progressing on a positive trajectory of optimism and development in all sectors,” a High Commission fact-sheet notes.
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