United States expresses concern over Indian Kashmir unrest

Published: July 30, 2016
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Kashmiri women mourn the death of Burhan Wani, during his funeral in Tral, south of Srinagar PHOTO: REUTERS

Kashmiri women mourn the death of Burhan Wani, during his funeral in Tral, south of Srinagar PHOTO: REUTERS

The United States (US) on Saturday expressed concern over the ongoing unrest in Indian-occupied Kashmir and urged “all sides” to strive for a pacific settlement of the issue.

At least 47 people were killed and over 5,000 left injured as protests broke out across Kashmir on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) leader Burhan Wani was killed in a gun battle with Indian forces.

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Kashmiris claim that Indian armed forces are to be blamed for atrocities during street protests, including use of pellet guns.

“We encourage all sides to make efforts to find a peaceful solution to this,” State Department Spokesperson John Kirby told reporters.

“We have obviously seen reports of the clashes between protesters and Indian forces in Kashmir. And we’re, of course, concerned by the violence, as you might expect we would be,” he said.

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The spokesperson further added that the US was in close contact with the Indian government over the issue at hand. “But we’re obviously concerned by the violence and we want to see the tensions deescalate,” Kirby said.

Last week, Indian Home Minister Rajnath Singh had accused Pakistan of sponsoring unrest in Indian-occupied Kashmir as he termed a United Nations-mandated plebiscite “outdated.”

“Pakistan has been playing an irresponsible role, it should not claim to be the protector of Muslims,” Singh had told the Rajya Sabha.

“Whatever is happening is completely Pakistan-sponsored. The name is Pakistan, but all its actions are napaak,” the Indian home minister had said.

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Rejecting the disputed status of Kashmir, he had asserted that Kashmiris were India’s “own people” and went on to rule out a “plebiscite” in the disputed territory, mandated under United Nations Security Council resolutions. Singh had said the plebiscite was “outdated” and that the people of the region were being led astray.

This article originally appeared on Hindustan Times.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Usama
    Jul 30, 2016 - 3:02PM

    Only problem to this is US should takeover India and make them there colony.So that US can bring peace in the region just like British did in the past.Recommend

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Jul 30, 2016 - 3:03PM

    Dear Uncle Sam mind your own business. Recommend

  • Waqar
    Jul 30, 2016 - 4:24PM

    Headline should be “United States expresses concern over Indian Held Kashmir unrest”.Recommend

  • Londonwala
    Jul 30, 2016 - 4:33PM

    Isn’t Dallas in US where unprecedented Robot used in defense was used to neutralise US citizen who was on a spree to kill security personnels??
    USA is concerned but is very well aware of the notorious acts of Pakistan in fomenting religious hatred in Kashmir since 1947..Also USA is aware of the Hizbul Mujahideen being a UN designated terror group similar to LeT JuD JeM etc. all of which operate freely in Pakistan instigating religious hatred against USA Israel and India.
    In fact USA has provided a large amount of hard core evidences of how and who in Pakistan planned and executed Pathankot terrorist attack in India…Pakistan will receive the dossier of 1000+ pages next week to give more proof to cement their status as perpetual liars.Recommend

  • Ajeet
    Jul 30, 2016 - 4:35PM

    @Usama:
    So says South Asia’s north Korea. Recommend

  • vinsin
    Jul 30, 2016 - 5:16PM

    Let the UN says whether kashmir resolution is outdated or not. Even if they are outdated, then a new case can be filed against and the result would be similar. Based on human rights, Pakistan can claim over Kashmir Valley still. If Kashmirs are Indian then why separate constitution and article 370. When Nehru declared that as a disputed territory? It was not Kashmiri or Pakistani who demanded plebiscite, it was Nehru and to the extend that he went to UN. Truth be told, Nehru never wanted J&K to be part of India and later Kashmir Valley.Recommend

  • Viraf Mehta
    Jul 30, 2016 - 11:59PM

    So easy for the pot to call the kettle black. Recommend

  • Observer
    Jul 31, 2016 - 12:57AM

    @ Visin,
    One individual’s blunders can not dictate the future of 1.2 billion people. Nehru’s wishes and actions have been overwhelmingly rejected by the people of India, be it in Kashmir, or the China war, or his Soviet style economic model.Recommend

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