Pak utilizing terror teams to alter establishment in Kashmir, US diplomat tells lawmakers


Washington, September 22

Pakistan has used terrorist teams to alter the established order in Jammu and Kashmir, which has undermined each peace effort and impacted human rights negatively, a Barrack Obama-era diplomat has instructed US lawmakers.

In an announcement to the House Committee on Foreign Affairs, Subcommittee on Asia, the Pacific, and Non-proliferation, Alyssa Ayres, senior fellow for India, Pakistan and South Asia on the Council on Foreign Relations think-tank, on Monday mentioned the state of affairs is complicated and tragic in Kashmir.

The committee will schedule a listening to on ‘Stemming a Receding Tide: Human Rights and Democratic Values in Asia’ on Tuesday.

There is documented historical past of Pakistan-based terrorists energetic in Indian-administered Kashmir, and Kashmiris and the Indian authorities proceed to face a tough problem of border safety and terrorism on this area, Aryes mentioned.

“Terrorism has undermined each effort at peace within the final 20 years and continues to create insecurity. I might additionally prefer to acknowledge the longstanding struggling of the Kashmiri Pandits, a Hindu group pushed from their Kashmiri homeland within the early years of the insurgency firstly of the 1990s,” she mentioned.

Ayres mentioned the Indian authorities revoked Article 370 final yr to deal with terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir. The transfer was adopted by deployment of further troops, state-wide communications and web shutdown and several other Kashmiri leaders had been positioned in detention.

“More than a year on, it is hard to see improvements on that front,” she mentioned, including that the impression on democracy and human rights had been damaging. PTI  



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