The US has expressed continuing concern over the grim situation in occupied Kashmir following India’s 5th August move of abrogating the special status of Kashmir and the ensuing restrictions imposed by the Indian authorities in the territory.
The US State Department Spokesperson, Morgan Ortagus, talking to media in Washington said, “We continue to be very concerned by widespread detentions, including of local political and business leaders, and the restrictions on the residents of the region.”
“We are also concerned about reports that internet and mobile phone access continues to be blocked in certain regions,” Ms Ortagus said, adding, “We urge authorities to respect human rights and restore access to services such as the internet and mobile networks.”
Meanwhile, the Indian authorities have further tightened curfew and other restrictions in occupied Kashmir to prevent people from holding demonstrations against the repeal of special status of the territory and taking out Muharram processions, today.
Hundreds of thousands of Indian troops deployed in every nook and corner of the territory continue to restrict millions of people to their houses since 5th August when Narendra Modi-led Indian government revoked special status of occupied Kashmir. The Kashmir valley remains cut off from the rest of the world due to strict blockade and suspension of communication links.