The United States senate committee on foreign relations (US-SCFR) appealed on the previous Saturday that the lockdown held in Kashmir should be ended on the basis of the foreign appreciations act 2020.
India’s Hindu nationalist government earlier this week stripped the disputed region of its autonomy and split the Muslim-majority territory into two, a move that sent shock waves through South Asia.
This alteration was proposed by Senator Chris Van Hollen, who had visited Delhi as a part of the parliamentary devolution to discuss the upgoing situation as well as the defense purchases, trade ties and the Indian-US bilateral relations as the key officials. Hollen mentioned he had sought to travel to Kashmir to observe conditions there, adding that the United States is “closely monitoring the humanitarian situation” in the occupied valley.
Unfortunately, Chris Van Hollen was denied permission by the Indian government to visit Kashmir to see the situation “first-hand”, The Indian Express reported on Saturday. He is the first American Congress representative to be denied permission to visit the region
Kashmir has been in a curfew-like state since August 5, when the Centre revoked its special constitutional status, detained political leaders, and imposed a communications blockade. Though US President Donald Trump has offered to mediate in the dispute between India and Pakistan over the region, almost the entire international community, excluding a few countries, have not chastised India for its actions.