May 2000 News

Shift in U.K.''s stand on Kashmir

17 May 2000

New Delhi: There has been a ''landmark shift'' in the United Kingdom''s stand on Kashmir and New Delhi is getting full cooperation from London on extradition of terrorists who took shelter in that country, the External Affairs Minister, Mr. Jaswant Singh, told the Lok Sabha today. This change in attitude is not inadvertent but due to New Delhi''s carrying conviction with its policy on various issues, the Minister said while replying to a supplementary during question hour. In the Rajya Sabha today, the Defence Minister, Mr. George Fernandes, said the Pakistani Army had carried out certain troop readjustments on the LoC and some reserve formations had been moved from their permanent locations close to the LoC. He said the Kargil misadventure by Pakistan had resulted in a major defeat for that country. As a face saving measure, Pakistan has renewed campaign to step up militancy to prove to the world that the State continued to remain a ''flash point'' requiring intervention by the international community.


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