U.S. congressmen express concern over Occupied Kashmir situation

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Two United States (US) Congressmen, Ami Bera and George Holding, have expressed concern over the human rights situation in occupied Kashmir, insisting that the Narendra Modi government should release political detainees and restore normalcy in the territory at the earliest.

Democrat Chair of Asia Pacific Group of House Foreign Affairs Committee in the US Congress, and Republican George Holding, who is co-chair of the India Caucus, made the remarks in an ongoing visit to India.

Speaking to the media, Ami Bera said they were keen on bringing a US congressional delegation to the occupied valley.

Bera said they have expressed their concern about the continued detention of political leaders in Kashmir to the Indian government.

George Holding expressed a similar sentiment. “A stable political situation in Kashmir is important for its economic development. Increasing economic development in Kashmir is important,” he said.

Meanwhile, Indian police have charged another Kashmiri politician under the controversial Public Safety Act (PSA).

Over 700 Kashmiris have been retained under the P-S-A since August 5th after India revoked the valley’s special status and imposed a lockdown in the territory.

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