Kashmir situation needs calm and caution from all: Lord Tariq Ahmad

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LONDON: Lord Tariq Ahmad, Minister for the Commonwealth, UN, South Asia and Human Rights, has said that the events in Kashmir have regional and international implications and we urge for calm and caution from all.

In his responsive letter addressed to Conservative Member of Parliament from Wimbledon, Stephen Hammond, Lord Tariq Ahmad said that the continued use of detentions and restrictions on communications in India-administered Kashmir is of concern. It is important that individual rights are fully respected and that there is constructive dialogue with affected communities.

“The longstanding position of the UK is that it is for India and Pakistan to find a lasting political resolution on Kashmir, taking into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people”, he emphasised.

Lord Tariq Ahmad said; “We have spoken with the Indian Government on a number of occasions since 5 August. The Prime Minister has spoken to both Prime Minister Modi of India and Prime Minister Imran Khan of Pakistan. He underlined to both the importance of resolving issues through dialogue. On 7 August, in a telephone call with Indian Foreign Minister Jaishankar, the Foreign Secretary expressed the UK’s concern around the situation in India-administered Kashmir and called for calm. Prior to this, I met Indian High Commissioner Ruchi Ghanashyam”.

“We continue to follow the situation closely”, Lord Ahmad concluded.

Stephen Hammond MP, in his letter of 9th September had drawn the attention of the minister towards the prevailing situation in Jammu & Kashmir.