US urges all parties to show restraint on Kashmir issue – Newspaper

WASHINGTON: Alarmed by rising tensions in occupied Kashmir, the US Department of State urges all parties to show restraint and moderate their rhetoric.

In addition, Indian media reported on Tuesday that even a month-long curfew failed to subdue the people of Kashmir who continue to reject the revocation of the semi-autonomous state of New Delhi on August 5.

"The sense of injustice about the government's far-reaching decisions is compounded by the feeling of being silenced with the weapon, as well as the bitterness at the time of the government," said India. The wire News agency reported.

A report in The Hindu The newspaper noted that Kashmir was "boiling with silent anger over the division of the state into two territories of the Union and the scrapping of Article 370."

"The seven million of us are under arrest," a Srinagar resident told the newspaper correspondent while describing the current situation in Kashmir in detention.

Reports in the US media also cited an official from the US Department of State telling reporters that Washington "remains very concerned about reports of detentions and continued restrictions on residents of the region."

“We urge respect for human rights, compliance with legal procedures and inclusive dialogue with those affected. We keep asking for calm and moderation, even with rhetoric, ”the official added.

The official also urged moderation in the Control Line (LoC) when media reports and experts from expert groups warned that tensions in the disputed region could lead to a war between the two southern nucleated nations. from Asia.

“We call on all parties to maintain peace and stability along the Line of Control and to prevent cross-border terrorism. We continue to support the direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern, ”said the official.

In a group of Washington experts, the United States Institute for Peace (USIP), a former United States ambassador to Pakistan, Richard Olson, emphasized the need for the United States to play the role of a crisis manager of de facto to reduce tensions.

And a former Pakistani ambassador to the United States, Jalil Abbas Jilani, warned that if it is not deactivated, tensions over Kashmir could lead to a war between India and Pakistan.

The two diplomats shared their views on the consequences of the annexation of Kashmir in two recent panel discussions at the USIP.

Both Olson, who was the United States ambassador to Pakistan from 2012 to 2015, and Jilani, who served in Washington from 2013 to 2017, did not rule out the possibility of the Kashmir dispute unleashing another war between India and Pakistan.

Posted in Dawn, September 4, 2019



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