Remain Concerned Over Jammu And Kashmir Detentions, Internet Block

Yolanda Curtis
January 13, 2020

We look forward to a return to normalcy.

The tweet comes at a time when Ms Wells is due to visit India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan starting from January 13. Important step. We remain concerned by detention of political leaders and residents, and Internet restrictions.

The Twitter handle of US State Department's bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs (SCA) said that it was closely following the visit of US Ambassador to India Keneth Juster and other foreign envoys' visit to Jammu and Kashmir.

Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asian Affairs Alice Wells, who will be travelling to South Asia this week, on Saturday expressed hope that the region will return to normalcy.

In a posting on Twitter, senior US diplomat Alice Wells said she was closely following a guided trip organized by the Indian government to the disputed region for foreign diplomats.

Wells, the top USA diplomat for South Asia, is due to undertake a visit to New Delhi for bilateral talks.

Wells is going to be visiting South Asia this week.

The group of diplomats made a two-day visit to the Union Territory on Thursday and Friday to see the conditions there after Jammu and Kashmir's special constitutional status was removed last August.

In Islamabad, she will meet with senior Pakistani government officials and members of civil society to discuss issues of bilateral and regional concern.

The highly militarized zone was locked down with thousands of additional troops with the political leadership imprisoned and a communication lockdown imposed days prior to the final decision.

Some mainstream political leaders met the foreign delegation, including former ministers like Altaf Bukhari, Ghulam Hasan Mir, Dilawar Mir and others.

The diplomats from more than a dozen countries were driven in a motorcade from the airport amid tight security and the areas they visited were also selected by Indian officials.

The court ordered the government to review, using this rule of proportionality, all restrictions that have been placed upon Jammu and Kashmir, and publish the results of the review within one week.

The diplomats were not given access to Omar Abdullah or Mehbooba Mufti, the leaders of the two political parties, now under detention, that have historically dominated occupied Kashmir.

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