British Parliament Holds Debate on Kashmir Situation

London: British MPs on Thursday held a debate on Kashmir in the UK Parliament, warning against “escalation” of violence in the region.

The motion before the House of Commons urges the UK government to encourage India and Pakistan to commence peace negotiations to establish a long-term solution to the Kashmir dispute.

The debate was organised by the All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Kashmir and is being conducted by the Commons’ Backbench Business Committee following an application from Conservative Party MP David Nuttall.

It was led by Nuttall along with MPs Nusrat Ghani, Robert Flello and Fiona Mactaggart.

The Backbench Committee meets weekly on Tuesdays to consider requests for debates from any backbench MP on any subject.

The motion for today’s debate reads, “This House notes the escalation in violence and breaches of international human rights on the Indian side of the Line of Control in Kashmir; calls on the Government to raise the matter at the United Nations.”

“And further calls on the Government to encourage Pakistan and India to commence peace negotiations to establish a long-term solution on the future governance of Kashmir based on the right of the Kashmiri people to determine their own future in accordance with the provisions of UN Security Council resolutions,” it says.

No room for third party: India

Responding to reports that British Parliament may discuss the Jammu and Kashmir issue, India on Thursday said there was no room for a third party in the matter.

“I am aware of these reports. All issues between India and Pakistan will be resolved bilaterally, and there is no room for a third party,” said external affairs ministry spokesperson Vikas Swarup.

He was responding to a debate on Kashmir in the UK parliament.

India says Kashmir is a bilateral dispute and there are two parties to it — India and Pakistan.

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