November 2001 News

No more Pak support to J&K terrorism: UK

30 November 2001
The Times of India
RASHMEE Z AHMED

LONDON: Even as rumours abound of Pakistani intelligence officers joining the Western coalition''s hunt for Osama Bin Laden, British ministers have said that they believe the so-called war on terror will change the nature of Pakistan''s support for terrorism in Kashmir.In response to a parliamentary question to junior foreign office minister Ben Bradshaw, who was asked specifically for his ''assessment of the Pakistani intelligence services'' continuing role in supporting terrorism in Kashmir'', Bradshaw said that his government had done its ''utmost to urge the Pakistani government to cease any support that they might have given in the past to the terrorists to whom (the MP) refers''.Bradshaw added that Britain had also urged a ''cease (in) any support that Pakistan has given through its intelligence service to the Taliban''. He said that the British government believed ''Pakistan had undergone a sea-change in its approach to those two issues, and we will continue to press the Pakistani government to continue along the right path.''Meanwhile, foreign secretary Jack Straw has urged India and Pakistan to return to the negotiating table and ''resume the talks that they held in July in Agra''.Straw told Westminster that Britain stood ready to ''provide assistance to those negotiations, but only in circumstances in which both sides agreed that our intervention would be helpful''. In response to a question he said that the issue can only ''be solved by bilateral discussions between India and Pakistan... that is what we want to happen''.

 

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