Darren shares his views on rising violence in Kashmir

MP for Bristol North West, Darren Jones has shared his thoughts on violence in Kashmir.

Darren said:

“ A number of constituents have shared concerns about escalating violence in Kashmir.  The situation in Kashmir alongside the recent upsurge in violent clashes is deeply concerning, and all sides must engage in dialogue and seek to break the cycle of violence. Indeed, we have seen the worst spate of violence in the region since 2010. I condemn the use of pellet guns in Kashmir and believe these, and tear gas and live ammunition, should be banned in civilian areas. It is also important that people who are suspected of committing offences are properly charged and given fair trials. 

I do not believe it is for the UK to prescribe a solution to the issue of Kashmir – it is for those parties directly involved to determine through peaceful dialogue and co-operation. 

I acknowledge the importance of the work of international organisations, such as the UN, and their efforts to negotiate with all parties and member states involved to bring India and Pakistan to the negotiating table. India and Pakistan must continue to be encouraged to seek a lasting solution on Kashmir in accordance with the provisions of UN Security Council resolutions. 

I hope the UK Government will continue to encourage and support both India and Pakistan to find a lasting resolution to the situation in Kashmir, in line with the wishes of the Kashmiri people. Their wishes are fundamental to the success of the process and to obtaining peace in the region”.