Mumbai: The Trump administration has said while it supports India’s development agenda behind the abrogation of Article 370 in Jammu & Kashmir which gave the state special right, the Acting Assistant Secretary of State for South and Central Asia ‘Alice Wells’ said it is now a concern for the current situation in the valley. She added it was closely monitoring the situation and the state, following India’s August 5 decision.
The United States wants New Delhi to take quickly ease the restrictions imposed in Kashmir. Referring to the recent violation on Line Of Control (LOC) US government tries to make direct dialogue concerning all issues include Kashmir at the UN General Assembly on Friday.
“While we support these objectives, the US State Department remains concerned about the situation in the Kashmir Valley, where daily life for the nearly eight million residents has been severely impacted since August 5,” Wells said in a prepared statement submitted to the Congressional subcommittee on the eve of the hearing.
“Human Rights in South Asia: Views from the State Department and the Region”.
Further, she added, “While conditions in Jammu and Ladakh have improved, the Valley has not returned to normal, while exact figures are difficult to ascertain, we understand several thousand people have been detained over the past two months, although many have subsequently been released”.