Trump Asks India and Pakistan to Reduce Tension in Kashmir

President Donald Trump. Photo: White House
President Donald Trump. Photo: White House

The Modi government’s annexation of Kashmir is a unilateral, authoritarian move, which is expected to make Kashmir a veritable inferno because most people of Kashmir do not want to live under Indian rule.

By Rakesh Raman

The U.S. President Donald Trump said today that both India and Pakistan should work towards reducing tension in Kashmir, which is a disputed land between the enemy countries. “A tough situation,” Trump tweeted about the burning situation in Kashmir.

Trump had tweeted about his observation after having a telephonic conversation with India’s Prime Minister (PM) Narendra Modi and Pakistan PM Imran Khan.

Earlier, Trump had expressed his desire to resolve the Kashmir conflict as he said that PM Modi wants him to intervene, although India’s Ministry of External Affairs has denied the claim made by the U.S. President about Modi’s request.

Of late, the tension between India and Pakistan has escalated as India abruptly abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution that ensured special privileges for the people of Kashmir.

Although the Kashmir issue is internationally recognized as a bilateral issue between India and Pakistan, Modi government has claimed that the change of the constitutional status in Kashmir is its internal matter in which Pakistan cannot interfere.

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The international community believes that the Modi government has violated the international norms and multiple UN resolutions to forcibly take control of a territory that does not belong to India.

“India has been captured, as Germany had been captured by Nazis, by a fascist, racist Hindu supremacist ideology and leadership. This threatens 9 million Kashmiris under siege in Indian-Occupied Kashmir (IOK) for over 2 weeks which should have sent alarm bells ringing across the world with UN observers being sent there,” Imran Khan tweeted.

He added that the world must seriously consider the safety and security of India’s nuclear arsenal in the control of the fascist, racist Hindu supremacist Modi government. “This is an issue that impacts not just the region but the world,” Imran Khan warned.

Meanwhile, UN Secretary-General António Guterres has urged the enemy countries to exercise maximum restraint and resolve the Kashmir issue with peaceful means. He also has expressed his concern over reports of restrictions on the Indian side of Kashmir, which – he said – could exacerbate the human rights situation in the region.

As large-scale violence is expected against the Indian government’s abrupt decision to change the status of J&K, authorities have suspended Internet, mobile services and banned public gatherings in Srinagar area of Kashmir. In Srinagar city, there is said to be a total communications blackout.

In a despotic move, the Modi government has also arrested a slew of local leaders who oppose the Indian government. The entire region is now under the control of heavily armed Indian security forces.

It is stated that India has deployed nearly 900,000 security people to control unarmed Kashmiris, and nearly 80,000 civilians have been killed in the conflicts during the past 7 decades.

The Modi government’s annexation of Kashmir is a unilateral, authoritarian move, which is expected to make Kashmir a veritable inferno because most people of Kashmir do not want to live under Indian rule.

By Rakesh Raman, who is a national award-winning journalist and social activist. He is the founder of a humanitarian organization RMN Foundation which is working in diverse areas to help the disadvantaged and distressed people in the society. He also creates and publishes a number of digital publications on different subjects.

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