Clive Betts MP [Sheffield South East] has joined a plea to the United Nations to do everything in its power to de-escalate the tense situation in Kashmir after the Indian government’s unilateral decision to revoke Kashmir’s constitutional status.
Clive Betts said today:
“The Indian Government has unilaterally revoked Kashmir’s special status.
In parallel, the Indian government took steps to cut landline and internet access in Kashmir. Local elected leaders have been arrested and jailed, and thousands of additional Indian troops have been moved into the region.
These actions will inevitably have far-reaching, dangerous consequences for the region. It represents a significant escalation of the long-running conflict between India and Pakistan in the most militarised zone in the world.
We have many Sheffield residents who were born in Kashmir (although the vast majority came from that part of Kashmir which is within Pakistan) or whose parents and grandparents came from Kashmir. They are inevitably very concerned about the situation.
Over many years, I have urged the Indian and Pakistan governments to negotiate a settlement on the basis of the longstanding UN policy on the issue.
I am very concerned about the implications of the Indian government’s actions for stability right across the region, which is already the most militarised area in the world.”
Clive Betts continued:
“The situation is very dangerous. The implications are not limited to India’s borders.
Remember that both India and Pakistan have nuclear weapons and that, only a few months ago, their differences nearly led to open warfare.
That is why I have joined my colleague, Warrington MP Faisal Rashid, in condemning India’s actions and calling on UN Secretary-General Guterres to act urgently to de-escalate this extremely troubling and tense situation.
We have written to the Secretary-General urging the United Nations to do everything in its power to de-escalate this extremely troubling and tense situation.”