US congresswoman calls for lifting communication blockade in IoK

WASHINGTON: Trail-blazing US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday called for lifting the communication blockade in Indian-occupied Kashmir expressed support for the people of the restive valley.

In a post shared on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez, who is among a group of progressive US congresswomen popularly known as “The Squad” said that the blockade on communication and life-saving medical care must end.

“We stand for the basic human dignity of Kashmiris & support democracy, equality, and human rights for all — including the most vulnerable.”

She said that the reports of violence and torture in occupied Kashmir were extremely concerning, and stressed that the blockade on communication and life-saving medical care must end.

The US congresswoman was responding to a video of herself uploaded by a user who thanked her for taking time out to express solidarity with Kashmir.

 

Ocasio-Cortez is not the only US lawmaker who has condemned India’s action in occupied Kashmir. Fellow congresswoman Rashida Tlaib in September called for the communications blockade and curfew restrictions in occupied Kashmir to be lifted to “shed light” on what is happening in the disputed region.

Another progressive congresswoman, Ilhan Omar, had called for “de-escalation” and an “immediate restoration of communication” in occupied Kashmir.

There has a complete communications blackout in place for 58 days in held Kashmir ever since the Indian government annexed and stripped the territory of its autonomous status.

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