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India upset with Milliband's unsolicited advice

india Updated: Jan 15, 2009 20:53 IST

Upset at Britain's attempt to link the Kashmir issue to terrorism, India on Thursday said it does not share London's views and does not need "unsolicited advice" on its internal issues.

"Mr (David) Miliband is entitled to his views, which are clearly his own and are evolving," External Affairs Ministry spokesman Vishnu Prakash told reporters while commenting on the remarks by the British Foreign Secretary which sought to link non-resolution of Kashmir issue to terrorism in India.

"We do not need unsolicited advice on the internal issues of India like Jammu and Kashmir," Prakash said.

He was responding to Miliband's remarks that the resolution of the longstanding issue between India and Pakistan would help deny extremists in the region "one of their main calls to arms".

"Although I understand the current difficulties, 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," Miliband wrote in British newspaper The Guardian in an article published today.

"India is a free country and even if we do not share his views, he is free to express them," the MEA spokesman said.

India has been maintaining that terrorism in this country should not be seen from the "prism" of Indo-Pak relations, as it was a manifestation of a global problem.

New Delhi is also unhappy with Miliband's support to Pakistan's position that those wanted by India for terrorism need not be handed over but tried in Pakistan.