MP Debbie Abrahams has called for a “peace and reconciliation” process to begin between the Indian and Pakistani governments.

The MP for Oldham East and Saddleworth is chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group for Kashmir.

She was speaking at an international conference held in Westminster on Monday.

Ms Abrahams said: “I was pleased to welcome Pakistan Foreign Minister Qureshi to Parliament to discuss how we can take forward action to stop human rights abuses in Jammu and Kashmir.

“Last year alone there were over 100 civilian deaths, including women and children.

“I was grateful that, in addition to last year's UN report documenting these abuses, the APPG's own inquiry into these human rights abuses was also acknowledged.

“The UN and APPG reports had similar recommendations including repealing the 1990 Armed Forces Special Powers Act and amending the 1978 Public Safety Act in line with international law.

“Most importantly the Kashmiri people, the administrations on both sides of the line of control in conjunction with the Indian and Pakistan governments, must now start a process of peace and reconciliation to stop further bloodshed.

“A sustainable and lasting peace needs dialogue and diplomacy.

"The Kashmir people have had enough.

“I look forward to a more proactive role from the UK Government in this process, with the international community including the UN and Commonwealth playing their part.”