LONDON: Pakistan High Commissioner to the UK, Syed Ibne Abbas raised the issue of Kashmir and ‘human rights violations’ by the Indian forces there with Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn during a meeting here at the Parliament on Tuesday (8th May).
They also discussed a wide range of matters of common interest, including diaspora, peace and stability in the region. The meeting was attended by Emily Thornberry MP, Shadow Foreign Secretary and Kate Hollern MP, besides senior members of Mr Corbyn’s office.
The High Commissioner felicitated the Labour Leader on resurgence of Party under his leadership. He said Pakistan and the UK have historically enjoyed robust bilateral relations and the Labour Party has contributed immensely towards further strengthening those relations. Speaking about what he termed the gross human rights violations in J&K, the High Commissioner said that India’s occupation is contrary to the wishes of Kashmiri people. He emphasized on the international community, particularly, UK, to play its role in resolving the dispute. He said Pakistan is committed to resolving the dispute peacefully through dialogue.
According to the sources, the high commissioner reminded the Labour Leader that it was the Labour Government in the UK at that time when the partition of the sub-continent was implemented and the British Government left Kashmir issue unresolved. That is one of the main reasons that Pakistani and Kashmiri diaspora look towards the Labour Party and its leadership with great expectations.
The High Commissioner also expressed concern over UK’s role on measures related to Financial Action Task Force (FATF). He put across Pakistan’s stance on the matter and underlined Pakistan’s achievements in fight against terrorism and extremism. Mr Jeremy Corbyn appreciated the role of Pakistani diaspora in strengthening the relations between the two countries.
He hoped that upcoming general elections would further strengthen democracy in Pakistan. On the High Commissioner’s reiteration of the invitation to visit Pakistan, Mr Corbyn said he is very much looking forward to visiting Pakistan.
The two sides agreed to interact more often on issues of mutual interest. Asif Khan, Head of Pakistan Chancery was accompanied the high commissioner. According to the sources, this meeting was in continuation of process of the high commissioner to reach out British politicians, parliamentarians and worth mentioning dignitaries and acquaint them about the overallsituation of the region particularly the Kashmir issue.
Syed Ibne Abbas will keep holding such meetings with government and opposition leaders and brief them of Kashmir situation.