The United States is closely following the Indian Legislation regarding the latest territorial status and Jammu and Kashmir’s Governance, said a State Department Official, hours after Pakistan has disqualified the Indian envoy and refused its diplomatic relations.
The development came after the Indian Parliament has approved a resolution to scrap Article 370, which granted “special status” to Jammu and Kashmir and the state was divided into two separate Union Territories – Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir.
A spokesman of the State Department told sources that “the US is closely following India’s legislation regarding the new territorial status and governance of Jammu and Kashmir. We note the broader implications of these developments, including the potential for increased instability in the region.”
While replying to a question on the situation in the region after Pakistani has rejected Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria and demoted diplomatic ties with India on what it termed as “unilateral and illegal” move to eliminate the “special status” granted to Jammu and Kashmir.
On Wednesday, the United States said that there was an “urgent need” for discussion to lessen tensions and avoid a potential military escalation in South Asia. It further refuted sources that India had informed that the United States ahead of scraping “special status” granted to Jammu and Kashmir.
The spokesman continued that “the US calls for calm and restraint by all parties,” adding that “we continue to be concerned about reports of detentions and the continued restrictions on the residents of Jammu and Kashmir.”
He further said, “We urge respect for individual rights, compliance with legal procedures, and inclusive dialogue with those affected.” The spokesman continued that the United States has called on all parties to maintain ‘peace and stability’ along the LoC, including “taking firm and resolute steps” to combat cross-border terrorism.
“We continue to support direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern,” added the spokesperson.
India has strictly maintained the issue as ‘internal matter’ of the nation.
Earlier in the year, tensions arose between India and Pakistan after a suicide bomber of Pak-based terror outfit JeM took the lives of over 40 CRPF jawans in Pulwama District of Jammu and Kashmir.
Amid increasing outrage, Indian Air Force has carried out a counter-terrorism operation, strikes the biggest JeM training camps in Pakistan’s Balakot on February 26.