A big diplomatic victory for Pakistan against India

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A big diplomatic victory for Pakistan against India

Washington DC: The representatives of the American citizens in US Congress jointly condemned the gross human rights violations in Indian held Kashmir and urged upon Indian government to immediately restore the telephone and internet connections, allow media, releases the detainees, restore medical supplies and give a clear road map to when life will return to normal for the people of Kashmir.

US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Affairs held its hearing on Human Rights in South Asia.

The committee was led by its Chairman, Congressman Brad Sherman from California whereas Alice Wells, Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia and Robert Destro, Assistant Secretary of State for Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor were part of the panel to answer questions by members of the congress .

Congressman Sherman in his opening remarks stated that since last August 5, 2019 when Indian government revoked article 370 in Indian held Kashmir, the worse kind of human rights abuses are reported by his friends, constituents and members of the press.

He said that members of his constituents have complained to him that they are unable to talk to their relatives because telephone and internet connections are disconnected, those who are sick are not able to get their prescribed medicine and even members of the press are not allowed to enter Kashmir.

Congressman Sherman at one point asked Alice Wells that US diplomats are not terrorists then why is it that the Indian government is not giving them permission to visit Kashmir.

Mr Sherman had also asked Miss Wells whether US considers Kashmir a disputed territory but Miss Alice Wells while dodging answered by saying that US has no position on that and that it is an issue between Pakistan and India and that President Trump has tried on several occasions to bring both the parties to the negotiation table.

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