HC Deb 18 February 1890 vol 341 c568

I beg to ask the Under Secretary of State for India whether the Government will, at an early date, present to the House the Papers relating to the action of the Government of India towards Kashmir since H.H. Pertab-Singh became Maharaja: and, whether, if the Maharaja of Kashmir, in the words used by the Secretary of State on 27th August last, Sees it advisable to resume control of his State, and to govern it in a way which will be a benefit to his subjects and to neighbouring countries as well, the Government of India will facilitate his doing so?


The Government is anxious to give free information to the House of Commons respecting the affairs of Kashmir, and Papers recently received will be laid on the Table. The statement of the Secretary of State quoted by the hon. Member was contingent on the existing state of things in Kashmir being first remedied. The Government are anxious to show every consideration to the rights of the Maharaja consistent with a one regard to the still more sacred rights of the people of Kashmir.