India reacts angrily to UK’s Labour Party resolution on Kashmir demanding international intervention


The Indian government has reacted angrily to a resolution passed by the British Labour Party calling for international intervention in Kashmir. The resolution passed by the Labour Party at its annual conference in Brighton on Wednesday also urged party leader Jeremy Corbyn to seek international observers to enter the region and demand the right of self-determination for its people, reported news agency PTI.

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Nawhata, Downtown Srinagar (Photo: Rifat Jawaid)

The Labour party’s resolution on Kashmir asked Corbyn to ensure someone from the party was represented to attend the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the Kashmir issue.

Reacting to the development, Ministry of External Affairs spokesperson Raveesh Kumar said that the Indian government noted with regret the ‘uninformed and unfounded positions taken’ by the Labour party at its annual conference.

Stating that there was no ‘question of engaging with the Labour Party or its representatives on this issue,’ Kumar said that this was ‘an attempt at pandering to vote-bank interests.’

Earlier, speaking at the conference, Labour MP Emily Thornberry had said, “How can it be that we have a Commonwealth member, India, revoking 70 years of constitutional protections for the Kashmiri people?”

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The Labour party’s latest resolution is in line with how Corbyn reacted to the revocation of Article 370 on Jammu and Kashmir last month. Reacting to the development, Corbyn had said, “The situation in Kashmir is deeply disturbing. Human rights abuses taking place are unacceptable. The rights of the Kashmiri people must be respected and UN resolutions implemented.”

More than 70 lakh people in Kashmir have been living without access to mobile phones or internet for more than 50 days with security forces being accused of committing human rights violations in the valley. Earlier this week, a fact-finding team had alleged that more than 13,000 boys had been picked up by the Indian security agencies.