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US calls on India to restore elections, political rights in IIOJ&K

News Desk
Sunday, Nov 13, 2022

WASHINGTON: The US recently pressed the Modi regime to restore local elections and political rights and address human rights violations in all the regions across the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir. This was stated by US Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Donald Lu in an interview.

“I want to clarify that there has been no change in the American policy on Kashmir,” Lu said while talking to an international channel. He said the US has discussed human rights violations in India, especially in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, at a high level with New Delhi.

The assistant secretary said the solution to the Kashmir issue was possible only through direct negotiations between India and Pakistan. Lu further said that it should be ensured that the media could continue to do its job in Kashmir. “All this is necessary for peace and it is hoped that peace can be ensured in Kashmir in the coming years.” In addition when asked about the sale of F-16 fighter jets to Pakistan, Lu said that this project of F-16 planes is not military aid, it is the sale of military equipment. “If America sells military equipment to a country, then it also provides technical support,” Lu said speaking in the interview. The US assistant secretary of state did not respond to a question about the PTI chairman and former prime minister Imran Khan, clarifying that he would not answer any queries regarding the cricketer-turned-politician.