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Ilhan Omar calls for ‘immediate de-escalation’ in IoK


Arhama AltafWeb Editor

28th Aug, 2019. 01:23 pm
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Ilhan Omar speaks up about Kashmiris

Muslim Congresswoman in the United States of America (USA), Ilhan Omar, expressed her support for the people of Indian-Occupied Kashmir, who are presently being oppressed by the Indian authorities.

The 37-year-old American politician turned to twitter to offer her support to the restive region engulfed in turmoil, and called for the communications black-out to be lifted by the Indian government.

“We should be calling for an immediate restoration of communication; respect for human rights, democratic norms, and religious freedom; and de-escalation in Kashmir,” she said.

“International organizations should be allowed to fully document what is happening on the ground,” she added.

Earlier, US President Donald Trump had also offered to act as a mediator between India and Pakistan over the disputed territory.

“We spoke last night about Kashmir. Prime minister [Modi] really feels he has it under control. They speak with Pakistan and I’m sure that they will be able to do something that will be very good,” Trump said.

According to the Kashmir Media, scores of people defied the curfew again on Tuesday “in south, north, and central Kashmir…against India’s latest onslaught and imposition of Hindu culture on Kashmiri people”.

Data from occupied Kashmir’s two main hospitals had indicated that at least 152 people have suffered injuries from tear gas and pellets in the disputed region since India’s sweeping crackdown.

A local government official in occupied Kashmir, however, said the number of injured was probably higher. In the clashes after Friday prayers last week, Indian soldiers had used pellet gun shells and teargas against the protesters.

India and its forces have since August 5 held former Kashmir chief ministers and other politicians under house arrest and shut down all means of communication to the outside world.