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US shows concern over continued detentions in IoK

US shows concern over continued detentions in IoK
January 12, 2020
WASHINGTON (92 News) – US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice Wells has showed deep concern over the continued detention of political leaders and imposition of restrictions on internet in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK). Alice Wells expressed her concern in a Tweet in Washington. “Closely following @USAmbIndia & other foreign diplomats’ recent trip to Jammu & Kashmir. Important step. We remain concerned by detention of political leaders and residents, and Internet restrictions. We look forward to a return to normalcy. AGW,” she tweeted. On the other hand, Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells will reach Pakistan on January 19 for four-day visit. According to the sources, Alice Wells is scheduled to start her South Asia trip from Sri Lanka. She will be in Colombo January 13-14. In her visit to Pakistan, Alice Wells will hold meetings with the civil and military leadership of Pakistan to discuss regional peace and security. The US top official will also meet members of civil society to discuss issues of bilateral and regional concern, the department said. Before coming to Pakistan, the principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian Affairs will be in India for four days. In their fresh act of state terrorism, Indian troops martyred two Kashmiri youth in Pulwama district in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK). The youth were killed by the troops during a cordon and search operation in Tral area of the district. Meanwhile, severe cold weather has added to the miseries of residents of Kashmir valley and Jammu region as temperatures have dropped below freezing point upto minus eleven degree celsius in some areas. According to Kashmir Media Service, temperature has dropped to minus five degree centigrade in Srinagar which has led to freezing of Dal Lake fringes and other water bodies as well as water supply lines. Occupied Kashmir is currently under the grip of ‘Chillai-Kalan’ which is the 40-day harshest period of winter that began on 21st of last month and usually ends on 31st of January.