Published: Wed, August 21, 2019
Global News | By Blake Casey

USA urges India to free detainees, restore rights in Kashmir

USA urges India to free detainees, restore rights in Kashmir

Briefing the Senate Committee on Kashmir and Gilgit-Baltistan Affairs on Wednesday, the FO spokesperson said, "The Kashmiri people are in danger in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK)".

Trump added he would speak to the Indian prime minister regarding the issue in occupied Kashmir over the weekend at the G7 summit in France.

Dr Faisal said Islamabad is closely monitoring the situation in IOK and has downgraded diplomatic ties with New Delhi in light of the decision taken by the National Security Committee (NSC).

"We have made a decision to take the Kashmir case to the International Court of Justice", Pakistan's foreign minister, Shah Mahmood Qureshi, told ARY News TV on Tuesday.

Protests have erupted in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar in response to the Indian government's controversial move to abrogate Article 370 of the Indian constitution - which accorded the state of Jammu and Kashmir a degree of self-autonomy.

On August 15, Indians and people of Indian origin gathered outside the Indian High Commission in London to celebrate the 73rd Independence Day of India were abused, and pelted with eggs and water bottles by a huge mob of Pakistan-sponsored protesters, who included separatist Sikhs.

The Indian action to cancel the special status for the country's only Muslim-majority state was accompanied by a wide-ranging curfew and communications blackout, cutting off millions of Kashmiris from the rest of the world. Pakistan also said its forces later killed six Indian soldiers.

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Army spokesman Major-General Asif Ghafoor said three more civilians were in fresh clashes Tuesday.

Kashmir police said a man who they said was affiliated with Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistan-based militant group, was killed in an operation by security teams in Baramulla, northern Kashmir.

On Monday, Mr Trump spoke on the phone with his "two good friends" - PM Modi and Imran Khan - and urged them to work towards reducing tensions over Kashmir.

Modi told Johnson terrorism was a problem for both India and Europe and that measures had to be taken to fight it. "A tough situation, but good conversations!" I spoke with, yesterday, also, Prime Minister Modi.

Prime Minister Modi said there are enormous possibilities for the United Kingdom and India which would increase prosperity in both countries. Khan also compared the Modi government with Nazi Germany during World War II.

Kashmir - which both countries claim in full but rule in part - has been the site of decades of sporadic conflict.

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