Britain bats for Indo, Pak talks on Kashmir

Islamabad, Sept 04 (KMS): United Kingdom Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab has said that Britain supported talks between Pakistan and India to resolve the long standing Kashmir dispute.

“It is not for the UK to impose its solution to the Kashmir crisis,” he said, adding that London encouraged both Islamabad and New Delhi to hold concrete dialogue over the issue.

The question was asked during a joint press conference with Pakistan counterpart Shah Mahmood Qureshi  in light of Syed Ali Gilani (92), veteran Hurriyat leader who spearheaded the pro-freedom movement in Jammu and Kashmir for over three decades, dying at his residence in Srinagar on Wednesday night.

The British foreign secretary arrived in Islamabad on Thursday night for talks on the evolving situation in Afghanistan and bilateral matters.

He said that it is important to engage with the Taliban government in Afghanistan for a range of reasons, including the safe passage of British citizens, but dismissed talks of recognising it officially as “premature”.

Raab is the third European leader to visit Pakistan this week after German and Dutch foreign ministers visited Islamabad and met top leaders.