Kashmir: US urges India to release detained political leaders

Washington: The political leaders in Jammu and Kashmir have been detained for over a month now since the Abrogation of Article 370 in the region by the saffron party and now the US has urged India to release the leaders detained without charge in Jammu and Kashmir.

While addressing a briefing about her recently concluded three-nation tour, Alice Wells, principal deputy assistant secretary of state for South and Central Asian affairs, said: “On Jammu and Kashmir, I was pleased to see some incremental steps, including the partial return of internet services in Kashmir. And the visit by our ambassador and other foreign diplomats to Jammu and Kashmir is something that I know was extensively covered in the press,” TOI reported.

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“We also continue to urge the government to permit regular access by our diplomats, and to move swiftly to release those political leaders detained without charge,” Wells said.

Commenting on the new legislation-the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in India, Wells said, “The visit also offered an opportunity to hear more regarding developments with India’s Citizenship Amendment Act, which is undergoing I would say a vigorous democratic scrutiny, whether it’s in the streets, by the political opposition, media, and the courts. We continue to underscore the importance of the principle of equal protection under the law.”

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