US senator denied permission to visit Jammu Kashmir


London:In what could become the first step towards legislative action by American lawmakers against India on the situation in Jammu and Kashmir, the United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations has added an appeal to end what it calls a “humanitarian crisis” in Kashmir in its report ahead of the annual Foreign Appropriations Act for 2020.
United States Senator Chris Van Hollen, a member of the Democratic Party, has claimed that he was denied permission by the Indian government to visit Kashmir to see the situation “first-hand”, The Indian Express reported on Saturday. He is the first American Congress representative to be denied permission to visit the region.

The call was an addition to its report to the Senate by Lindsey Graham, senior Senator and key Republican leader known to be close to President Donald Trump.It was proposed by Senator Chris Van Hollen, who visited New Delhi this week as a part of a Congressional delegation that India-US bilateral ties, trade relations and defence cooperation besides the Kashmir situation with key officials.The US senator’s call could come as a shot in the arm for Pakistan which has been trying to internationalize the Kashmir dispute as well as what it says is the “plight” of Kashmiris since India revoked a temporary provision of its constitution in August.


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