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The Hindu: “U.K.’s Kashmir lobby forces debate in House of Commons”


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 […]

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Human rights in Kashmir and Sri Lanka


This week, I sought and secured a debate on human rights in Kashmir which is to take place on the afternoon of Thursday 15 September, in the House of Commons. I was joined before Parliament’s Backbench Business Committee by Jason McCartney MP, Andrew Griffiths MP, Denis MacShane MP and Nic Dakin MP. We argued for a debate on Amnesty International’s recent report on human rights in Indian-occupied Kashmir, “A Lawless Law”. We pointed out that this would be the first full debate […]

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The intervention in Libya


Yesterday, we debated the following motion on Libya: That this House welcomes United Nations Security Council (UNSC) Resolution 1973; deplores the ongoing use of violence by the Libyan regime; acknowledges the demonstrable need, regional support and clear legal basis for urgent action to protect the people of Libya; accordingly supports Her Majesty’s Government, working with others, in the taking of all necessary measures to protect civilians and civilian-populated areas under threat of attack in Libya and to enforce the No […]

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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 […]

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An Evening with The British High Commissioner to Pakistan


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This evening, Adams Park, High Wycombe hosted Mr Adam Thomson CMG, the British High Commissioner to the Islamic Republic of Pakistan. We had a wide-ranging discussion of foreign policy and migration issues, including in relation to Kashmir, India and Afghanistan. Questions covered some delicate issues which go to the heart of community cohesion. In particular, I was asked to contribute concerning what I thought should be done to promote greater understanding between communities. With apologies for reusing my favourite quote, […]

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