Tensions in IoK are likely to increase regional instability: US

The United States has warned that India’s repealing of occupied Kashmir’s special status may have broader implications and result in increased instability in the region.

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The US Department of State, in a press release, said it would continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern.

“[We are] closely following India’s legislation regarding the new territorial status and governance of Jammu and Kashmir. We note the broader implications of these developments, including the potential for increased instability in the region,” the press release stated.

“The US calls for calm and restraint by all parties. We continue to be concerned by reports of detentions and the continued restrictions on the residents of Jammu and Kashmir.”

“We urge respect for individual rights, compliance with legal procedures, and inclusive dialogue with those affected.”

“We call on all parties to maintain peace and stability along the LoC, including taking firm and resolute steps to combat cross-border terrorism,” it added.

India rushed through a presidential decree on Monday to scrap Article 370, which terminated the special status granted to occupied Kashmir and made the state a Union Territory with the legislature. The move followed days of uncertainty in the region that began last week when New Delhi ordered tourists and Hindu pilgrims to leave “immediately” and sent thousands of additional troops to the disputed valley.

US Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells denied on Wednesday press reports claiming that India had informed the US before revoking the special status granted to occupied Kashmir.

In a tweet, the SCA account attributed to Wells mentioned that the Indian government neither consulted nor informed the US government before it revoked the status.

“Contrary to press reporting, the Indian government did not consult or inform the US Government before moving to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status,” said the tweet.

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