On Wednesday, the Labour Party of the United Kingdom was slammed by India after it passed a resolution calling for international intervention on the Kashmir issue. Raveesh Kumar, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) spokesperson described the Labour Party’s move an attempt at “pandering to vote-bank interests”.
He claimed, there is no question of engaging with the Labour Party or its representatives on this issue. On Monday, the UK’s opposition Labour Party passed an emergency motion on Kashmir calling for leader Jeremy Corbyn to seek international observers to “enter” the region and demand the right of self-determination for its people.
Raveesh Kumar said that “Government has noted certain developments at the Labour Party Conference on September 25 pertaining to the Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir. We regret the uninformed and unfounded positions taken at this event.”
“Clearly, this is an attempt at pandering to vote-bank interests. There is no question of engaging with the Labour Party or its representatives on this issue,” he added.
In contrast with the British government’s official stand of Kashmir being a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, the opposition resolution tabled at the Labor Party’s annual party conference in Brighton calls for intervention by Jeremy Corbyn to ensure someone from the party is represented the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on the issue.
In the resolution, Mr. Corbyn has been called for a meeting with the high commissioners of both India and Pakistan to ensure there is “mediation” and restoration of peace and normality to ensure that there is no potential nuclear conflict anymore. India has already stated that the Kashmir issue is a bilateral one and no third party has any role in it.