India expresses concerns over lobbying by Pak elements in UK

NEW DELHI: India today conveyed its concerns to the UK over Pakistani elements ‘lobbying’ with certain British lawmakers to raise the Kashmir issue in their Parliament and sought cooperation in the extradition of fugitives like Vijay Mallya and Lalit Modi, officials said.

These issues were strongly raised by Minister of State for Home Kiren Rijiju with British Minister of State for Immigration Brandon Lewis at a delegation-level meeting here.

The Indian side expressed deep concerns over some “Mirpuris and Pakistanis” continuing to engage in anti-India propaganda in the United Kingdom, a Home Ministry official said.

Rijiju also brought to the notice of Lewis the “lobbying” by Pakistani elements with some current and former UK MPs and Lords, like David Nuttall, Nusrat Ghani, Robert Flello, Fiona Mactaggart, who debated and approved a motion on the Kashmir issue in the British Parliament in the past.

The Indian side also conveyed its resentment over shadow Foreign Minister Emily Thornberry of Labour Party saying that that Britain would incorporate its concern on alleged human rights violations in Kashmir in any post-Brexit deal her country would struck with India, the official said.

Rijiju made it clear that Jammu and Kashmir is an inalienable and integral part of India and Britain must not allow its territory to be used for anti-India propaganda, he said. (AGENCIES)