UK deeply concerned about rising tension between India and Pakistan: Theresa May

File photo of Theresa May. Photograph:( Reuters )

Reuters London, UK Feb 27, 2019, 07.05 PM (IST)

Britain is "deeply concerned" about rising tensions between India and Pakistan, Prime Minister Theresa May said on Wednesday.

May told parliament that the government was working with international partners including through the United Nations to de-escalate tensions and monitor developments.

Pakistan carried out air strikes and shot down two Indian jets on Wednesday, Pakistani officials said, a day after Indian warplanes struck inside Pakistan for the first time since a war in 1971.

Tensions have been elevated between the nuclear neighbours since a suicide car bombing by Pakistan-based militants in Indian-controlled Kashmir killed at least 40 Indian paramilitary police on February 14, but the risk of conflict rose dramatically on Tuesday (February 26) when India launched an air strike on what it said was a militant training base.

The latest escalation marks a sudden turnaround in relations between the two countries, that both claim the mountainous Himalayan region of Kashmir in full but rule in part.

Story highlights

May told parliament that the government was working with international partners including through the United Nations to de-escalate tensions and monitor developments.