Louise Haigh has today joined MPs from across the political spectrum in calling for the Prime Minister to raise the issue of Kashmir with his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi when he visits Britain this week.
The letter, to be sent to the Prime Minister today, calls for meaningful moves by the Indian Prime Minister to help break the deadlock including the withdrawal of some 550,000 Indian troops posted in the region of Kashmir administered from New Delhi posted in the region's cities; an end to the special powers known as 'the black laws' which empower Indian paramilitary soldiers to use force with impunity; and that pressure should be applied for the release of hundreds of thousands of Kashmiri political prisoners.
Commenting, Louise said:
"Parliamentarians from across the political spectrum have signed this letter because we believe strongly that this visit of Narendra Modi presents an invaluable opportunity for Britain to help break the deadlock which currently exists and begin a dialogue which will result in democracy which Kasmiris were promised and deserve."
"Almost 70 years after the UN called for a free and fair plebiscite to take place in Kashmir, I and my colleagues are deeply concerned at the lack of progress in finding a peaceful resolution in Jammu and Kasmir as well as Azad Kashmir. The people there should no longer be denied the basic human right to decide their own destiny.
You can find a scanned copy of the letter below: