Labour Party To Be Forced Not To Support India: Sultan

18 April 2008
The Nation


Islamabad: Former AJK Prime Minister Sultan Mehmood Chaudhry on Friday said a petition will be presented in annual convention of Britain’s ruling Labour Party asking British Prime Minister to withdraw support of India for its bid to become permanent member of United Nation Security Council (UNSC). “We are getting the petition signed by expatriate Kashmiris and Pakistanis forcing Labour party to withdraw its support to India,” he told mediapersons at his residence here returning from a 5-nation tour of Britain, Belgium, France, Norway and Sweden. He said, “If the Labour party continues support to India, one million Kashmiri voters can think to withdraw their support.” Sultan, also President of AJK Peoples Muslim League said the visit to some European countries was primarily to highlight the Kashmir issue in its true perspective. “I have also presented the point of view of Kashmiris and informed that participation of Kashmiris is imperative for success of Pak-India dialogue on Kashmir issue,” he added. He said the European Union (EU) and Scandinavian countries can facilitate Pakistan and India for settlement of Kashmir issue as both countries have so far resolved various issues especially ‘Run of Kach’ and Indus Basin Treaty through mediation. “I have held meetings with politicians and officials of Norway and members of European Parliament and briefed them regarding latest situation in Kashmir.” He said the European Union (EU) is forming its constitution and they will also set up Ministry of Foreign Relations which is likely to put Kashmir on its agenda.