Afghanistan and Kashmir


It’s been a busy week, what with challenging the shortcomings of the present banking system and the consequent flaws in capitalism, but at last, some blogging.

On 9 September, I intervened in respect of Afghanistan, making the point that we should act in the interests of Pakistan and the Afghan people, not just our own interests.

On 14 September, I asked about Kashmir, emphasising Britain’s historic role in the region:

Steven Baker (Wycombe, Conservative)
What steps he plans to take to promote self-determination for Kashmir.

Alistair Burt (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Afghanistan/South Asia, counter terrorism/proliferation, North America, Middle East and North Africa), Foreign and Commonwealth Office; North East Bedfordshire, Conservative)
It is not for the United Kingdom Government either to prescribe, or mediate in, a solution to the situation in Kashmir. It is the long-standing policy of the British Government that this is a matter for the Indian and Pakistan Governments, taking into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

Steven Baker (Wycombe, Conservative)
I am grateful to my hon. Friend for that. Does he agree that many British Kashmiris, particularly those in Wycombe, hold this Government to account for the actions of our forebears in relation to Kashmir and its predicament?

Alistair Burt (Parliamentary Under Secretary of State (Afghanistan/South Asia, counter terrorism/proliferation, North America, Middle East and North Africa), Foreign and Commonwealth Office; North East Bedfordshire, Conservative)
I hear the sentiment from my hon. Friend. I must say that the British Government work on, and devote resources to, assisting with conflict resolution in Kashmir, tackling human rights concerns and helping to build confidence on both sides of the line of control. With that confidence, we then continue to ensure that there is a dialogue with the Indian and Pakistan Governments, because the resolution of this long-standing situation is for them, taking into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

Questioning on the subject continued; please follow that link for more.

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