LONDON: Reiterating its old stance on Kashmir issue, the UK Government has urged Pakistan and India to resolve the imbroglio through dialogue and peaceful means.
Minister for Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Lord Tariq Ahmad said this on behalf of the government while answering a question fielded by Lib Dem leader Lord Qurban Hussain.
He said that the British Government is naturally concerned by reports of increased terrorism and violence between Indian and Pakistani troops in Kashmir and we are monitoring the situation closely and call for both sides to exercise restraint. Lord Qurban Hussain had asked the Government what assessment they have made of the recent increase in ceasefire violations between India and Pakistan over the Line of Control in Kashmir Region, resulting in a number of civilian casualties.
Lord Qurban Hussain also asked the Government what action they are taking to support military de-escalation over the Line of Control in Kashmir, and to support a permanent and peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute. Lord Tariq Ahmad said that the UK’s longstanding position is that it is for India and Pakistan to find a lasting political resolution to the situation in Kashmir, taking into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
“We encourage India and Pakistan to maintain positive dialogue and good relations, but the pace of progress must be for them to determine”, he added. Meanwhile, talking to ‘The Nation’,Lord Qurban Hussain it looks that UK Government is not serious in helping resolve this core issue which has endangered the peace and stability of the region. “I am very disappointed that the answers are pretty much readymade ones that we have received over number of years. The British government does not show concern on the escalating situation between the two major military powers. I hope you will consider giving some space in your next edition”, he commented.