Washington, October 5: Days after Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi defended his government's Kashmir move in presence of President Donald Trump, a top US Senator has voiced her concerns over the "continued communications blackout" in the region. Elizabeth Warren, the Senator from Massachusetts who is also running for Democratic Party's presidential nomination, said the human rights of the people based in the disputed territory must be valued. Bernie Sanders Slam 'Unacceptable' Conditions in Kashmir.
"The US-India partnership has always been rooted in our shared democratic values. I'm concerned about recent events in Kashmir, including a continued communications blackout and other restrictions. The rights of the people of Kashmir must be respected," Warren said.
Warren is the second major Presidential aspirant who has voiced her concern over the blockade in Kashmir. Earlier, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has entered into his second consecutive Presidential run, condemned President Trump for adopting silence over the Kashmir issue in presence of Modi.
Tweet by Elizabeth Warren:
The US-India partnership has always been rooted in our shared democratic values. I'm concerned about recent events in Kashmir, including a continued communications blackout and other restrictions. The rights of the people of Kashmir must be respected.https://t.co/K7JDmAjQg7
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) October 5, 2019
Kashmir has remained under severe restrictions since August 5, when the central government revoked the state's special status by abrogating Article 370 of the Indian Constitution. Mobile phones and internet connections have ever since remained clamped down to prevent the mobilisation of protesters.
PM Modi has defended the steps taken in Kashmir, calling it essential to end the menace of "terrorism" in the Valley. Pakistan, which took the stage of UNGA to raise the issue of Kashmir, has alleged rights' violations in the Valley and attempt to alter the state's Muslim-majority characteristic by stripping its semi-autonomy.