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US Senators Raise Concerns On Kashmir As Trump Prepares To Visit India

BP World Bureau | Feb 13 2020 10:37:01 AM
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NEW DELHI: Four top US senators have written to the US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, expressing their concerns about the restrictions imposed in Jammu and Kashmir ahead of the US President Trump's visit to India. 

There are strict restrictions on several civilian amenities including internet and communication after the abrogation of Article 370 in August 2019.

The senators were also concerned about the controversial Citizenship (Amendment) Act and related protests across India. 

Public Safety Act (PSA) was invoked against two former Chief Ministers of Kashmir, Omar Abdullah and Mehbooba Mufti in order to extend their custody. PSA allows detention without trial for up to three months.

Two Democrat and two Republican senators called out the internet shutdown in Kashmir to be the longest ever in history, affecting 7 million people. 

Read: Prepaid Mobile Phone Services To Be Restored In J&K After Article 370 Repeal 

Trump's ally and right-wing leader  Lindsay Graham is one of the senators who wrote the letter. He pointed out the troubling steps taken by the Indian government which threaten the rights of certain religious minorities and the secularism.

President Donald Trump and first lady Melania Trump will be coming to India for a two-day visit on February 24th. His visit will be marked by a grand event in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. 

The right-wing Indian government have taken radical steps after they came to power notably abrogation of Article 370 which gives Jammu and Kashmir special status. 

The government also passed the Citizenship Amendment Bill which gives Indian citizenship to illegal immigrants from Pakistan, Afghanistan ad Bangladesh if they Hindus, Sikhs, Christians, Jains, Parsis or Buddhists. 

Read: 300 Women, Organisers Booked For Anti-CAA-NRC Protests In Mumbai