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S
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January 24, 2020

US Congress think tank releases report on Kashmir dispute

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S
Sabah
January 24, 2020

WASHINGTON: Washington-based United States Congress’s think tank Congressional Research Service (CRS) has released a report titled, ‘Kashmir Background, Recent Developments and US Policy’.

The report provides background of the Kashmir dispute, reviews several key developments in 2019 and closes with a summary of US policy and possible questions for the Congress.

Summarizing the recent development in the Indian Occupied Kashmir the report states that India’s action of abrogating Article 370 and Article 35A of the Indian Constitution sparked international outrage as unilateral changing of Kashmir’s status could harm regional stability. US and international forums expressed concerns about further escalation between South Asia’s two nuclear armed powers Pakistan and India which nearly came to war after a February 2019 Kashmir crisis, it says. The report states that New Delhi’s process also raised serious constitutional questions and given heavy-handed security measures in the Occupied Kashmir elicited more intense criticisms of India on human rights grounds. The report says that the United Nations and independent watchdog groups reported excessive use of force and other human rights abuses in Occupied Kashmir. It maintains that India’s secular traditions are suffering as its Hindu nationalist government appears to pursue Hindu majoritarian policies at some cost to the country’s religious minorities.

The report says that as per the US long-standing position on Kashmir dispute emphasizing its peaceful settlement through negotiations between Pakistan and India, the Trump administration has called for peace and respect for human rights in the region but its criticisms have been relatively muted.

The report also mentions following possible questions for the US Congress raised by the developments in Kashmir in 2019.