Britain 'worried' over Indo-Pak strain

The attack on Indian Army base that left at least 18 soldiers dead has soured the relations between two countries. Photograph:( Getty )

PTI Lahore, Punjab, Pakistan Sep 25, 2016, 03.16 AM (IST)
Urging both the nuclear states to "ease it off" as war of words rages between India and Pakistan,  Britain has raised serious concerns over increasing tensions the two neighbouring nations following September 18 attack on Indian Army base in Uri sector of Kashmir. 

"Britain wants easing of tension between Pakistan and India as it is concerned over the current situation (in the wake of Uri attack)," British high commissioner in Pakistan Thomas Drew said on Saturday, according to Pakistan daily Dawn.

The British high commissioner met with Pakistan's Punjab province chief minister, Shahbaz Sharif, on Saturday to "discuss matters of mutual interest, bilateral relations and situation in Pakistan-occupied-Kashmir," The Dawn reported.

As Drew "lauded" Pakistan for its "responsible attitude in the current situation", according to the daily, he added that Britain is against violation of human rights anywhere in the world.

Both India and Pakistan have accused each other of indulging into human rights violations in Kashmir Valley and Balochistan, respectively, drawing the attention of world leaders in the recent weeks. 

Meanwhile, Shahbaz Sharif has asked Britain to help resolve the Kashmir issue in the wake of the UN resolution, Indian news agency, Press Trust of India, reported. 

India's external affairs minister to address UN over Kashmir issue

India's external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj, will be addressing the UN General Assembly on Monday and is expected to respond to Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif's "diatribe" on Kashmir, said official sources. 

The Pakistan Prime Minister said on Saturday that the Uri attack could have been a response to the human rights violations in Kashmir. 

India's external affairs minister, Sushma Swaraj in her address to the UNGA on Monday, is expected to offer a stinging response to Pakistan PM's Kashmir speech.

First secretary in the permanent mission of India to the UN Eenam Gambhir, within hours of Sharif's speech hit back saying, "the worst violation of human rights is terrorism".

India sees in Pakistan as " 'a terrorist state' which uses billions of Dollars from international 

Meanwhile,  "terrorism" will be the main focus of Swaraj's address, "reform of the UN Security Council, sustainable development, climate change and peacekeeping" are some issues which will be discussed in the UNGA, India's envoy to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, said. 

Swaraj will discuss India's "vision document", whose contents have not been disclosed but according to Vikas Swaroop, spokersperson for the ministry of external affairs, said "the whole world and the entire country is waiting to hear what the external affairs minister has to say but I think the broad themes that Akbaruddin has outlined are definitely going to be a part of our presentation at this most important forum in the international community".

(WION with inputs from agencies) 
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