US lawmakers raise concerns over situation in IOK

Prominent lawmakers from United States have expressed their concerns over the continuing situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

Two top US lawmakers have expressed their concerns over the current socio-political instability and the prevailing lockdown in the disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Eliot Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee and its raking member Michael T McCaul have written to Subrahmanyam Jaishankar – Indian Minister of External Affairs expressing their concerns over the current situation in Jammu and Kashmir since the revocation of its special autonomous status on August 5 2019 last year.

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The development comes as earlier, United Nations Security Council (UNSC) convened a especial session on Pakistan’s request on the Kashmir issue. The UNSC meeting presided by Indonesia, expressed its reservations on the deteriorated socio-political situation in the disputed valley, and urged relevant parties to resolve the issue by negotiations and bilateral dialogue.

Prior to this, Human Rights Watch (HRW) – an international non-governmental watchdog, had condemned Indian policies in Jammu and Kashmir which are based on segregation and discrimination against the valley’s Muslim majority.

“Indian government claims that it was determined to improve Kashmiri lives ring hollow one year after the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s constitutional status. The authorities instead have maintained stifling restraints on Kashmiris in violation of their basic rights,” it said.