U.S. President Donald Trump urged Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Tuesday to mend ties with Pakistan amid a deep row over Kashmir.
During their meeting on the sidelines of the 74th UN General Assembly, Trump “encouraged Prime Minister Modi to improve relations with Pakistan and fulfill his promise to better the lives of the Kashmiri people,” White House spokesman Hogan Gidley said in a statement.
Ahead of the bilateral sit-down, Trump said “it would be great” if New Delhi and Islamabad could work out a solution to Kashmir. N”We all want to see that. I’m sure we all want to see it,” he said.
India-administered Jammu and Kashmir has been dealing with a clampdown since Aug. 5, when the Indian government nixed Article 370 of the Indian Constitution and the special status it conferred on the region. Hundreds of people, mostly political leaders, have been detained or arrested by authorities since the action.
Educational institutions, shops, markets, and business establishments continue to remain closed while public transport is off the roads across the Kashmir valley. Communication services like mobile, internet and TV channels are closed in the entire Kashmir valley and in some parts of Jammu region.
Patients, doctors, and other medical staff are facing difficulties in reaching hospitals due to curfew and other restrictions. Foodstuff, medicines and other essential commodities have run out of stocks, adding to the miseries of the people.
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