The United States on Thursday (August 29) said that it was “very concerned” about reports of detentions and restrictions imposed in Indian occupied Kashmir.
Speaking to the media, US State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus said, “The US is watching the situation in Jammu and Kashmir closely. We continue to call for calm and restraint, including on rhetoric.”
“We urge respect for human rights, compliance with legal procedures, and an inclusive dialogue with those affected,” according to a statement issued by the department. “We call on all parties to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control,” the statement read.
Earlier, The US President Donald Trump took a big u-turn on his mediation offer and said that India and Pakistan could handle their dispute over Kashmir on their own, but he was there should they need him. He discussed the issue on the sidelines of a G7 summit in France with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, who withdrew autonomy for the state of Jammu and Kashmir on fifth of this month.
The Kashmir valley remains under severe military siege for 26th consecutive day, today (August 30), as thousands of Indian troops continue to enforce strict curfew and other restrictions to prevent people from staging anti-India demonstrations. Occupied Kashmir is under strict a lockdown since 5th August when Narendra Modi-led Indian government announced the repeal of Article 370 of the Indian Constitution that granted special status to Jammu and Kashmir.
The Indian authorities have converted the Kashmir valley particularly Srinagar into a military garrison by deploying Indian troops and paramilitary personnel in every nook and corner to prevent people from staging demonstrations against the move.
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