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India-Pakistan tensions surface in UK election campaign

Virendra Sharma has been caught up in an unexpected controversy

By: Sarwar Alam

India-Pakistan tensions over the issue of cross-border terrorism have made their way into the UK general election campaign that has been hotting up. One of Britain’s longest serving Indian-origin MPs, Virendra Sharma, was caught on camera at a multi-faith meeting in London saying that “Pakistan is not harbouring terrorist groups or sponsoring terrorism”. The Labour MP for Ealing Southall, a heavily Indian- origin constituency, and chair of the India-British All Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) instantly faced questions around this statement during the weekend. “Given your seniority as a long-standing British Indian- origin member of Parliament and that you hold various…

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