UK asks India and Pakistan to ‘remain calm’

The British government has called on India and Pakistan to “remain calm” after tensions escalated in the conflict of Kashmir.

A spokesman of the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said that Britain was assessing the situation.

“We are following developments closely and support calls for the situation to remain calm”.

Dozens of British parliamentarians have expressed their shock at the Indian actions, calling on the British government to take notice of the situation and exercise influence on India.

On Monday, India dropped a constitutional provision for the state of Jammu and Kashmir, which has long been a flashpoint in ties with Pakistan, to make its own laws.

Neighbours and nuclear arch-rivals India and Pakistan claim Muslim-majority Kashmir in full but rule it in part.

Neighbours China and Pakistan, which both claim parts of the region, have voiced fierce opposition to India’s move dropping a constitutional provision that had allowed the country’s only Muslim-majority state to make its own laws.

On Tuesday, Pakistan’s political and military leaders warned India that they would challenge the Hindu-majority nation’s move to strip its portion of disputed Kashmir of its special status at “every forum”.

In the UK a group of MPs called on Boris Johnson to strongly condemn the actions of the Indian government in revoking Article 370 and to consider the wider context of this act led by Prime Minister Modi, the leader of a far-right political wing of Hindu nationalism.

In a letter to the British Prime Minister Boris Johnson, MPs Yasmin Qureshi, Shadow Justice Minister Rushanara Ali, Afzal Khan and sever others, all expressed their concerns over the conflict which has seen the Kashmiris lose some of their sovereignty in a sweeping move by India.

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