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India: Pakistan

Question for Foreign and Commonwealth Office

UIN HL14066, tabled on 26 February 2019

To ask Her Majesty's Government what assessment they have made of escalating diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan.

Answered on

11 March 2019

The UK is deeply concerned about rising tensions between India and Pakistan. We have unequivocally condemned the appalling terrorist attack in Pulwama that sparked the situation. We welcome the fact that both countries have stated publicly they do not want to escalate tensions. We are also working hard with both governments and our international partners to encourage de-escalation and to ensure regional stability. During her phone call with Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan on 3 March, the Prime Minister welcomed the return of Wing Commander Abhinandan Varthaman to India. She also emphasised the importance of Pakistan taking action against all terrorist groups, in support of global efforts to combat terrorism.