USA says Kashmir dispute to be solved by only India, Pakistan

JK Bank

USA’s stand seemed to be dismissive of a third-party role in resolving the dispute on the Kashmir conflict between India and Pakistan, stating that it was for the two neighbours to determine a verdict.

“Our policy on Kashmir has not changed. We believe pace, scope and character of any discussion on Kashmir are for the two sides to determine,” a spokesperson of the State Department told a news agency PTI.

The statement was in response to Chinese Ambassador to India Luo Zhaohui’s suggestion of a trilateral cooperation between India, China and Pakistan under the cover of the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO).

China, however, distanced itself from the remarks of the ambassador, saying that “both India and Pakistan are China’s friends and neighbours”.

While being questioned about the recent UN report on Kashmir, the spokesperson said, “We are aware of the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights’ report” but refrained from adding any comment.

Recently, USA pulled out from the Human Rights Council of UN calling it ‘protector of rights abusers and a cesspool of political bias’ after the UN published a 49 page report calling out human rights abuses by armed forces in a war ridden state of Kashmir. The report drew a lot of flak from India, including Asaddudin Owaisi and BJP.

India had called the first ever report of the United Nations on rights abuses in Kashmir as “fallacious, tendentious and motivated”. In a strong reaction, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) said the report was “overtly prejudiced” and sought to build a “false narrative”.

It violated the country’s sovereignty and territorial integrity, it said.

In the report released on Thursday, the UN had noted down human rights violations in both “Indian-administered and Pakistan-administered Kashmir” and had sought an international inquiry into these abuses.