‘Inalienable’ Kashmir ‘bilateral issue’ with Pakistan, India tells British parliamentarians

India’s Vice President Venkaiah Naidu Thursday said Kashmir was “purely a bilateral issue” with Pakistan even as he reiterated New Delhi’s traditional stand of the region being an “inalienable and integral” part of the country.

He made the remarks during his interaction with the Members of British Parliament, Dan Carden, Anna McMorrin, Preet Gill and Sarah Champion in New Delhi, according to a statement issued by the Press Information Bureau.

“The Vice President conveyed his strong concerns that there was considerable misinformation about Kashmir. He said that it was purely a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan,” the statement said.

Naidu said that “radicalization and terror are global issues to which we have to find an effective strategy to combat it at various levels.”

India had earlier this week conveyed its concerns to the United Kingdom over “Pakistani elements lobbying with certain British lawmakers to raise the Kashmir issue in their Parliament.”

The issue was “strongly raised by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju with British Minister of State for Immigration Brandon Lewis at a delegation-level meeting” in New Delhi on Monday.

The Indian side expressed deep concerns over some “Mirpuris and Pakistanis” continuing to engage in anti-India propaganda in the United Kingdom, news agency PTI had quoted a home ministry official as saying.

“Rijiju also brought to the notice of Lewis the “lobbying” by Pakistani elements with some current and former UK MPs and Lords, like David Nuttall, Nusrat Ghani, Robert Flello, Fiona Mactaggart, who debated and approved a motion on the Kashmir issue in the British Parliament in the past,” the PTI  report said.

The Indian side also conveyed its resentment over shadow foreign minister Emily Thornberry of Labour Party saying that that Britain would incorporate its concern on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir in any post-Brexit deal her country would struck with India.

Rijiju had said that Jammu and Kashmir was an “inalienable and integral part” of India and Britain must not allow its territory to be used for “anti-India propaganda.”

The UK side reportedly said the British society is liberal and it advocates free speech and ideas.

(Featured image: Venkaiah Naidu)

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