US lawmakers urge India to restore communications in IOK
Washington, September 15, 2019 (PPI-OT): A group of American lawmakers have expressed grave concern over the situation in occupied Kashmir and urged the Indian government to restore communications and allow media to access the territory.
The US Congressmen in a letter to the American envoys in New Delhi and Islamabad said there is risk that the relationship between India and Pakistan would continue to devolve as a result of this crisis.
“This presents tremendous danger to global peace and a clear national security risk for the US. Pakistan and India are both valued allies, crucial to our interests in the region, including the Afghanistan peace process,” the letter said.
“It is of utmost importance that we leverage our relationships with their government to deescalate the situation,” the Congressmen said and urged the two American diplomats to do everything in their power to de-escalate the tensions. Signatories to the letter are lawmakers Ilhan Omar, Raul M Grijalva, Andy Levin, James P McGovern, Ted Lieu, Donald Beyer and Alan Lowenthal.
In the letter, the members of the US House of Representatives urged the two US envoys to also “facilitate connections between Kashmiri-Americans and their family members in Jammu and Kashmir; insist that the Indian government restore communications in Jammu and Kashmir and allow media to access the region.”
Tensions between Pakistan and India spiked after New Delhi abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution to withdraw Jammu and Kashmir’s special status and bifurcated it into two Union Territories – Ladakh and Jammu and Kashmir.
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