India uneasy with British FM's comment over Kashmir

British Foreign Secretary said he did not believe Pakistan's government directed the November attacks in Mumbai.

India uneasy with British FM's comment over Kashmir


India rejected on Wednesday a remark by Britain that security in South Asia was linked to the Kashmir dispute.

British Foreign Secretary David Miliband said last week he did not believe Pakistan's government directed the November attacks in Mumbai that killed 179 people, and showed no support for India's demand for extradition of the accused.

He also said stability in South Asia was linked to resolution of the dispute over Kashmir, which both India and Pakistan claim in full but rule only in part.

"When the foreign secretary of the UK visited us he shared his perceptions about the situations, and I equally told him and all the interlocutors that this is your perception," India's Foreign Minister Pranab Mukherjee told reporters.

"We do not share with it," he said.

Islamabad, which denies any state involvement in the attacks, has said it would look at the "information" India had provided.

India claims Pakistan gunmen that carried out that attack must have had the support of some state agencies.

But what has alarmed India the most was Miliband's comment on Kashmir, cause of two wars with Pakistan.

Kashmiris has staged pro-independence demonstration during decades. But the protests have been strengthened particularly during July in 2008.

U.N. resolution announced Kashmiris' right of self-determination although India has rejected it.

India wants to limit Kashmir issue to a bilateral level.


Reuters

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