The US State Department said on Monday (August 5) it was closely following events in Kashmir after India said it was revoking the special status of the territory and expressed concern about reports of detentions. Morgan Ortagus, a spokeswoman for the US Department of State, said Washington was following events in Indian-administered Kashmir “closely”.
“We are concerned about reports of detentions and urge respect for individual rights and discussion with those in affected communities,” she said in a statement. “We call on all parties to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control,” she added, referring to the de facto border.
India has announced to abrogate Articles 370 and 35A from its constitution, which gives special status and rights to the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir. The presidential order on 370 states that everything in the Indian Constitution will apply to Jammu and Kashmir.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi has written a letter to Secretary-General of United Nations in which he informed the worsening situation in occupied Kashmir and situation of peace in the region.
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