On Saturday I spoke at a large rally in Sheffield on the crisis in Kashmir and promised to take their concerns directly to the Government. This afternoon when the House of Commons reconvened for the first time after the summer recess I challenged the Foreign Secretary directly on the issue.
I told him that his response had not been strong enough and urged him to work through the United Nations and the Commonwealth to strengthen international pressure on India to restore Kashmir’s special status, which was unilaterally revoked by Prime Minister Modi on 5 August.
That action would only be a step towards securing justice for Kashmir, so I also urged him to work with both India and Pakistan to secure a long-term solution based on the 1948 resolution of the United Nations for the organisation of a plebiscite for the people of Kashmir to determine their own future.
You can watch my exchange with the Foreign Secretary here.