Britain voices concern on LoC situation

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Zahid Chaudhary

Islamabad—Voicing concern over the recent incidents on the line of control, British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson said his country calls for an end to violence in Kashmir but added that it was not for his country to prescribe a solution or act as a mediator in the conflict of the disputed region.
He was addressing a joint news conference along with Adviser on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz after wide ranging talks on different issues including bilateral relations as well as regional and international issues.
“The longstanding position of the UK is that is it for India and Pakistan to find a lasting solution to the situation in Kashmir taking into account the wishes of the Kashmiri people.”
“Of course we are concerned about recent incidents on both sides of the Line of Control in Kashmir and we call for an end to the violence,” he said, urging Pakistan and India to exercise restraint and maintain a dialogue.
“Look at the incredible human potential of Pakistan and its neighbours, and then imagine what the future could be like if this was sorted out.”
He said the “mutual sequestration” of the India-Pakistan economies was holding back the region from becoming a “boom zone”.
Sartaj Aziz told a questioner that Pakistan side briefed the British delegation about increasing tension on the Line of Control. Pakistan emphasized the need for dialogue with India otherwise these issues would become more serious.
During talks the two sides agreed to further strengthening their relationship through increased trade and investment and cultural cooperation.