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US Seeks Roadmap To Political And Economic Normalcy In Kashmir

Washington: America on Thursday sought from India a “roadmap” to political and financial normalcy in Kashmir and instant launch of all political detainees because it requested Pakistan to take “sustained and irreversible” steps towards militants and terrorists in its territory.

A lot of the top-level and second-rung separatist politicians of Jammu and Kashmir have been taken into preventive custody whereas mainstream leaders, together with two former chief ministers — Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti, have been both detained or positioned below home arrest in view of the Centre’s resolution to revoke particular standing to Jammu and Kashmir and splitting the state into two Union Territories.

“We continue to press for the release of detainees for the full restoration of everyday services, but most importantly, for a roadmap to the restoration of political and economic normalcy,” stated Performing Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia Alice G Wells.

The US stays “deeply concerned” concerning the state of affairs within the Valley the place every day lifetime of almost eight million residents has been severely impacted because the resolution to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s particular standing and to “detain without charge” political leaders and prohibit communications, Wells stated in an interplay with reporters at Foggy Backside headquarters of the State Division.

“We’ve seen progress, for example, four million postpaid mobile phone users have had service restored, but SMS and internet is restricted,” she stated.

Web companies throughout all platforms continued to be snapped within the Valley because the evening of August 4, hours earlier than the Centre introduced its resolution to abrogate Article 370 provisions that gave particular standing to Jammu and Kashmir and cut up the state into two UTs, officers in Srinagar stated.

The web companies had been snapped together with cellular and landline phone companies. Whereas the landline phone companies had been restored progressively first, the postpaid cellular companies had been restored solely final week. The pay as you go companies continued to stay barred.

Noting that journalists have extensively lined developments in Kashmir, Wells stated the position of among the worldwide reporters have been notably essential, however journalists proceed to face challenges in entry whereas reporting because of the safety restrictions.

Wells stated terrorist teams like Lashkar-e-Taiba, Jaish-e-Mohammed and Hizbul Mujahideen “obviously are the problem”.

“In this vein, we welcome (Pakistan) Prime Minister (Imran) Khan’s unambiguous statement in September that anyone who crosses from Pakistan to carry out violence in Kashmir are enemies of both Pakistan and the Kashmiri people,” she stated.

“The constructive dialogue that we’d like to see between India and Pakistan must be based on Pakistan taking sustained and irreversible steps against militants and terrorists in its territory,” Wells stated.

President Donald Trump and Secretary of State Mike Pompeo have met and spoken with their Indian and Pakistani counterparts a number of occasions and all sides have the duty to create the situations in Kashmir for dialogue together with avoiding heated and unhelpful rhetoric, she stated.

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