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Key US leaders question Modi on Kashmiri rights

Published: August 13, 2019 10:48:41 | Updated: August 13, 2019 11:59:36


Almost unnoticed, two key leaders in Congress have questioned Modi’s India on Kashmiri rights, according to a article by www.forbes.com.

This was a joint statement, by Senator Robert Menendez, Ranking Democrat on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and Representative Eliot L. Engel, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Their statement began with the thinnest possible veiling over a condemnation of what India does in Kashmir.

  “As the world’s largest democracy, India has an opportunity to demonstrate for all its citizens the importance of protecting and promoting equal rights” – of course, India has done the opposite, treating Kashmiris worse than anyone else in India – “including freedom of assembly, access to information and equal protections under the law.”

Again, this puts the thinnest of veils over what India does in Kashmir.

There is no freedom of assembly, when even a few Kashmiris try to stage a peaceful protest they are overwhelmed by Indian army and police wielding pellet guns.

There is no access to information, India has cut the press, the Internet, and even land lines ruthlessly separating Kashmiris from all others. And, there is no equal protection, all the animosity toward Moslems of the BJP in India has been unleashed in Kashmir.

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