The United States wants New Delhi to quickly ease restrictions imposed in Kashmir, a senior official said Thursday after President Donald Trump met the leaders of India and Pakistan.
“We hope to see rapid action — the lifting of the restrictions and the release of those who have been detained,” Alice Wells, the top State Department official for South Asia, told reporters. She also said that Trump “is willing to mediate if asked by both parties” — although she noted that India has long rejected any outside role.
“The United States is concerned by widespread detentions, including those of politicians and business leaders, and the restrictions on the residents of Jammu and Kashmir,” she said. “We look forward to the Indian government s resumption of political engagement with local leaders and the scheduling of the promised elections at the earliest opportunity,” she said.
“The world would benefit from reduced tensions and increased dialogue between the two countries and, given these factors, the president is willing to mediate if asked by both parties,” she said.
India in August revoked the autonomous status of occupied Kashmir, which had been India’s only Muslim-majority state. It detained a wide range of political leaders and restricted communications for ordinary people.
In occupied Kashmir, normal life continues to suffer due to the military lockdown and suspension of mobile and internet connectivity on the 54th consecutive day, today.
People are facing shortage of basic commodities including life-saving drugs with children and the elderly suffering from serious ailments bearing the brunt of the clampdown imposed by India since 5th of August. Shops and business establishments are also closed while public transport is off the road.
Although government offices and schools are open, yet they remain empty despite the efforts by the administration to make it look otherwise in a bid to hoodwink the international community.
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