US hints at intervening to defuse Pakistan India tensions: Sources

US hints at intervening to defuse Pakistan India tensions: Sources

ISLAMABAD - The United States has promised to help defuse Pak-India tension as Islamabad and Washington work as a team for peace talks with the Afghan Taliban, officials said.

Senior officials at the foreign ministry told The Nation that Islamabad had been pushing Washington to press India for peace with Pakistan. One official said: “Washington has promised to help. They will use their influence (in India) to bring India to the talks table and stop bloodshed in Kashmir.”

Another official said the US was happy with Pakistan’s help for Washington’s direct talks with the Afghan Taliban and “we have told them we also need peace on the eastern border (with India).” He added: “The US has asked us (Pakistan) to continue work on Afghan Taliban while they (the US) use their good offices to tame India.”

This week, Prime Minister Imran Khan telephoned United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres urging him to take notice of grave human rights violations in occupied Kashmir. “The Prime Minister also underscored UN’s role to end human rights violations being perpetrated by occupied Indian forces against Kashmiris,” said an official statement.

Earlier, president’s rule was imposed in the held Kashmir after Indian President Ram Nath Kovind’s approval. After six months of Governor’s Rule which expired on December 19, 2018, the occupied valley will now be under President’s Rule. The President’s rule was first imposed in the state in 1986, whereas the previous instance of President rule was 22 years ago.