US to review allegations of human rights violations in Indian Occupied Kashmir

WASHINGTON: The United States has hints at looking into human rights violations committed by Indian forces in Indian-held Kashmir (IOK).

Mark Toner, US State Department Deputy Spokesperson, said that the United States would certainly look into any credible allegation of human rights violations, without specifically naming India and Kashmir. The statement was given in a response to a question about Pakistani dossiers on Indian atrocities in Kashmir.

Further he added: “We get information and seek out information from a variety of sources, and we judge that information, the credibility of those – that information in compiling the report. We certainly will look into any credible allegations of human rights abuses wherever they occur.”

He suggested that Pakistan and India should adopt “a more appeasing approach to each other and to work through some of these issues for the greater good of the region.”

He emphasized “United States’ position on Kashmir hasn’t changed”.

“It’s honestly to the advantage of both countries. That includes, certainly, security issues. We want to see strain go down, and we want to see, as I said, a greater collaboration between the two countries,” he said, while calling on Islamabad and New Delhi to work together for a stable Afghanistan.

About America’s fresh standpoint on Afghan Peace Process, Mark Toner said that the United States strongly encourage “an Afghan-owned and Afghan-led” dialogue with Taliban and other rebellious groups.

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