Via The Hindu, we find an Indian reaction to this afternoon’s debate, which I shall lead:
Britain’s strong Kashmir lobby, represented by MPs with large constituents of Pakistani origin from Mirpur, has seized on an Amnesty International report on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir to seek the British government’s intervention prompting a full-scale debate in the House of Commons on Thursday.
The debate, called by Conservative MP Steve Baker, has raised eyebrows in Indian diplomatic circles. While there was no official comment, India was reported to have conveyed its unhappiness to the MPs and the Foreign Office describing the move as “not very unhelpful” in advancing India-U.K. relations.
The Foreign Office said it had nothing to do with the debate. It was entirely the business of Parliament, which was free to discuss anything.
I wasn’t aware of being “forced” however. Colleagues and I gladly sought this debate, which is of exquisite concern to thousands of our constituents.
I look forward to the debate.