London, January 01, 2017 (PPI-OT): The British government has taken up the issue of using pellet guns in Kashmir with India. Baroness Anelay of St. John’s, the Foreign and Commonwealth Office stated while responding to a volley of written questions submitted by House of Lords member, Lord Nazir Ahmed.
Lord Ahmed has asked what assessment the government has made of reports on the use of high-powered pellet guns against protesters in Kashmir by Indian forces and what representations they have made to the government of India regarding this issue.
Baroness Anelay said that the Parliamentary Under-Secretary for Foreign and Commonwealth Affairs, Alok Sharma discussed the use of pellet guns and alternative methods of crowd control in Kashmir with the Indian government’s representatives in October.
“The UK abides by its commitments under international law and expects all countries to comply with their international legal obligations,” said Anelay. “We engage with India on human rights matters and will continue to work collaboratively on the promotion and protection of human rights, he added.
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