US Senator Elizabeth Warren voiced concerns over the communication lockdown in Jammu and Kashmir after the center revoked the Article 370 and 35A and bifurcated Kashmir into two Union Territories on August 5.
What did Ms. Warren say?
Elizabeth Warren is the second presidential candidate for the Democratic Party to raise the Kashmir issue. Her statement came almost a month after the fellow Democrat Bernie Sanders expressed concerns over Kashmir.
An influential American politician, Ms. Warren said that India-US ties were rooted in their shared democratic values and that she was concerned about the recent events in Kashmir leading to restrictions and continued communication blackout.
One of the fiercest critics of US President Donald Trump, the Massachusetts senator often accused Trump of undermining democracy through his acts.
What did Senator Bernie Sanders say?
Bernie Sanders said he was deeply concerned about the Kashmir situation at a campaign rally last month. He said that the communication blockade must be lifted immediately and the US government must speak boldly in support of international humanitarian law and UN backed peaceful resolution.
The Vermont Senator earlier raised the Kashmir issue during PM Narendra Modi’s visit to the US last month. He wrote an op-ed in a local newspaper criticizing the deafening silence of Trump after the lockdown in Kashmir. The same day President Trump shared sated with PM Modi at the mega “Howdy Modi” event.
What did Foreign Minister S Jaishankar say?
S Jaishankar defended the restrictions as mandatory to snap ties between terrorists outside the valley and their handlers inside the valley. He was in the US to defend Indian government’s move on Kashmir.