NEW DELHI: While the UK has allowed Pakistan to go ahead with its events on Kashmir in the House of Commons, it has also conveyed to Indian authorities that this should in no way be seen as a shift in UK’s position on the Kashmir issue. India is satisfied that so far no senior functionary of the UK government is scheduled to meet Pakistan foreign minister S M Qureshi during his ongoing visit to London.
An official source here said it wouldn’t be wrong to say that the UK had distanced itself from Pakistan’s “Kashmir propaganda” by not engaging Qureshi.
Qureshi was expected to speak at the “International Kashmir Conference” at the British Parliament on Monday. On Tuesday, he will also attend the exhibition at Park Lane in connection with Kashmir Day, it said.
Talking to media in Multan on Saturday, Qureshi had said Pakistan has no intention to interfere in India’s internal matters and New Delhi should not make an issue out of his telephonic conversation with Kashmiri separatist leader Mirwaiz. Qureshi said Pakistan has no intention to interfere in the internal matters of India, but New Delhi should also stop blaming Islamabad for its problems.
“We want to resolve the Kashmir dispute through dialogue but India is making undue hue and cry,” Qureshi said. “Issues are emerging in India but Pakistan has no role in that,” he said.
Qureshi said he would highlight Pakistan’s viewpoint on Kashmir issue at an event in the House of Common in London.
The Foreign Office also issued Qureshi’s statement before his departure to London in which he was quoted as saying that Kashmir is an “important pillar” of Pakistan’s foreign policy.