35 US Congress members ask US to facilitate Kashmiris

35 members of the US Congress have raised their voice for the rights of Kashmiris in Indian occupied Kashmir while urging peace talks between India and Pakistan.

In a joint letter written to the United States ambassador to the United Nations, the Congress members showed their concern that in the last two months, India moved 45,000 troops into the occupied  Kashmir region. Upon removing the special status on August 5, 2019, the residents’ freedom of movement and communication was suspended in the area.

The letter originally initiated by Congressman Jim Banks and Congresswoman Susan Wild gathered support from 33 other members of the Congress, who later on signed the letter and said they were encouraged by recent reports that the cerfew have begun to be lifted but also underlined increasing tensions between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir issue. The members asked the ambassador to use the full weight of the United States Mission to the United Nations to encourage India and Pakistan to bilaterally alleviate tensions. “Any assistance that the United States can offer to end tensions in the region and encourage bilateral discussions between the two south Asian countries is of the utmost importance to assuring the safety of Americans and preserving global order.”

The letter by Congress asked what actions the United Nations Mission and the administration will take to prevent further escalation of the conflict between India and Pakistan.

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