UK Parl to debate alleged rights violations in J&K

According to sources, India has conveyed to Britain that the debate "will not be helpful".

Updated: Sep 14, 2011, 22:19 PM IST

London: British parliament will have a
general debate on Thursday alleged human rights violations in
Jammu and Kashmir, a move India says "will not be helpful" for
bilateral ties.

Conservative MP Steve Baker, along with four other
MPs has given notice for the debate in the House of Commons.

According to sources, India has conveyed to Britain
that the debate "will not be helpful". There was no comment on
the issue from the British Foreign and Commonwealth Office.

Baker possibly faces pressure from roughly 6,000
constituents from Pakistan-occupied Kashmir, to take up
Kashmir`s "cause" in the House.

Other MPs who helped Baker secure the debate , too,
are from constituencies with numerically strong Pakistani
voters: Jason McCartney (Conservative), Andrew Griffiths
(Conservative), Denis MacShane (Labour party) and Nic Dakin
(Labour).

Pressure from such voters influence British
lawmakers.

According to Baker, the purpose of the debate is to
force the British Government to take up the matter of alleged
human rights violation with the Indian Government.

Baker also requested a vote on the debate but the
House of Commons Backbench Business Committee rejected it.

PTI