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'LeT won't give up even if Kashmir is resolved'

January 16, 2009 20:11 IST

Stephen Pound, a pro-India British lawmaker on Friday said Pakistan-based terror group Lashkar-e-Tayiba [Images] blamed for the Mumbai [Images] attacks, will not give up violence even if the Kashmir dispute is resolved.

"Lashkar-e-Tayiba has tasted blood. They will not give up violence even if the Kashmir dispute is resolved tomorrow," Pound, former Chairman of the Labour Friends of India, a pro-India parliamentary lobby said.

Pound, who was in India this week, was reacting after British Foreign Secretary David Miliband wrote that India needed to resolve the Kashmir dispute in order to combat the LeT.

Writing in the Guardian newspaper, Miliband had said: 'Although I understand the current difficulties, the resolution of the dispute over Kashmir would help deny extremists in the region one of their main calls to arms, and allow Pakistani authorities to focus more effectively on tackling the threat on their western borders.'

Pound said: 'India is much closer to the Line of Control [Images] than Britain. Kargil [Images] happened not too long ago. If I were the Indian minister of defence, I'd want other countries to keep quiet about the subject.'




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