US Congress members writes letter to UN over Kashmir situation
September 24, 2019
WASHINGTON (92 News) – Expressing reservations over grave situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK) as well as escalation between Pakistan and India, the US Congress has reached out to US Ambassador to UN Kelly Craft. According to the reports, the 35 members of the US Congress wrote a letter to Craft urging her to diffuse tensions between Pakistan and India amid the recent activity in IoK. “We write out of concern with the recent activity in the Kashmir region, amid increasing tension between the nations of India and Pakistan — both of whom have nuclear capabilities,” the letter states. Referring to the Indian’s actions in Kashmir, the letter reads, “In late July and early August, India moved 45,000 troops into the Kashmir region and residents’ freedom of movement and communication were suspended in the area.” Recent reports are now claiming that restrictions in Kashmir have now been lifted. “We encourage you to use the full weight of the US mission to the UN to encourage India and Pakistan to bilaterally mitigate tensions,” the members wrote. The letter prompted Craft to take action and provide assistance to diffuse tensions in the region and encourage bilateral discussion between the two countries. On the other hand, normal life remains disrupted due to continued curfew and military lockdown on 51st consecutive day on Tuesday in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IoK). The miseries and agonies of the people have increased manifold on the completion of 51 days of military siege. Millions of people have been besieged in their houses as hundreds of thousands of Indian troops continue to be deployed in every nook and corner of the valley. Communications blackout, marked by unprecedented restrictions, continue to remain in place with all shops and other business establishments closed and school buildings empty of students. There is a growing shortage of daily commodities including baby food and medicines. Mobile phone and internet services are suspended while TV channels shut in the territory from 5th of August when India scrapped Kashmir’s special status and imposed curfew.