India and Pakistan should sort out Kashmir issue – Theresa MayHot Buzz

October 27, 2016 12:55
India and Pakistan should sort out Kashmir issue – Theresa May

During the weekly Prime Minister's Questions session, Pakistani-born Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi, asked if the Kashmir issue would form the part of May's discussions during her visit to 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 India and Pakistan to deal with and sort out," the British PM said in the Parliament, clearly indicating that Kashmir is 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.

Qureshi, who represents a heavily Pakistani-origin constituency of Bolton in north-west England, had questioned in the Commons that, "Will the Prime Minister meet with me and cross-party colleagues 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 dismissing any meeting herself, said: "The foreign secretary [Boris Johnson] has heard her representations and I am sure will be interested in taking those issues up with her."

The British PM is scheduled to arrive in New Delhi on November 6 for her first overseas bilateral visit outside the Europe. Besides inaugurating the India-UK Tech Summit alongside Modi, she will be holding talks with her Indian counterpart before heading to Bengaluru.

By Premji

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