US Congress writes to UN envoy over Kashmir issue

WASHINGTON: The US Congress wrote a letter to UN Ambassador Kelly Craft urging her to diffuse tensions between Pakistan and India amid the recent activity in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK).
The letter of 35 members of the US Congress states, “We write out of concern with the recent activity in the Kashmir region, amid increasing tension between the nations of India and Pakistan both of whom have nuclear capabilities.”
Referring to the actions in Kashmir by the Indian government, the letter reads, “In late July and early August, India moved 45,000 troops into the Kashmir region and residents’ freedom of movement and communication were suspended in the area.”
Recent reports have claimed that restrictions in Kashmir have now been lifted.
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The members wrote, “We encourage you to use the full weight of the US mission to the UN to encourage India and Pakistan to bilaterally mitigate tensions.”
The letter prompted Craft to take action and provide assistance to defuse tensions in the region and encourage bilateral discussion between the two countries.
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