James and fellow MPs with the Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Raja Farooq Haider
James and fellow MPs with the Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Raja Farooq Haider

Bury North MP James Frith and a group of fellow Labour MPs met with the Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Mr Raja Farooq Haider, in Parliament this week to discuss the ongoing conflict in the state.

The Kashmir region has been the subject of intense dispute between India and Pakistan since partition, but tensions have risen in recent weeks following a crackdown by the Indian Government on the semi-autonomous state of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. India has moved troops in to Kashmir, cut off communication with the outside world and there have been mass arrests and several deaths amidst civil disorder.

James and a dozen of his Labour colleagues met with the state’s Prime Minister to get the latest developments and discuss the need for continued pressure in Parliament on the British Government to do more for the people of Kashmir.

James said:

“The current crisis is deeply concerning for me and for many people in Bury. I support the right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination and I urge the British Government to do more to put pressure on India to cease hostilities and provide humanitarian assistance to support and relieve Kashmiris from the consequences of this generational civil war.”

James will be addressing a Friends of Kashmir meeting in Bury from noon on 14th September at the Mosses Centre on Cecil Street. All local people are welcome to attend.

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