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UK Urges India To Allow Human Rights Official To Visit Jammu And Kashmir

The Theresa May government on Monday reiterated its position that the Shimla Agreement should be the basis for talks between India and Pakistan, but said it “encourages” both countries to allow the UN high commissioner for human rights to visit Jammu and Kashmir.

Responding to demands in the House of Lords that London condemns alleged human rights violations in Jammu and Kashmir in light of the June 14 report of the UN high commissioner for human rights, Foreign Office minister Tariq Ahmed recalled his last visit to India.

He told Qurban Hussain (Liberal Democrats), who initiated the brief debate: “I assure the noble Lord that we continue to raise the importance of the issues in Kashmir with the Indian Government. In one of my visits towards the end of last year, I raised the issue of Kashmir and the need for Pakistan and India to find a resolution to this long-standing issue”.