Kashmiris are Not Alone, says Kamala


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Kamala Harris
Democratic candidate for US President Kamala Harris, Oakland, USA – 27 Jan 2019

NEW YORK: US Presidential Candidates for the 2020 election, and US Congressmen have rallied up in support for the oppressed people of Kashmir, demanding India to ensure transparency and lift the inhumane curfew.
Kamala Harris, a leading Democratic candidate for the 2020 US Presidential election said that the Kashmiris are not alone in their struggle, and Washington is keeping track of the situation. Harris said, “We have to remind the Kashmiris that they are not alone in the world.” She added, “We are keeping track on the situation. There is a need to intervene if the situation demands.”
Harris has joined other Presidential candidates who have spoken for the rights of the Kashmiris, including Bernie Sanders and Elizabeth Warren. US Senators have also come forward to express their concern over the escalating human rights violations in Indian-occupied Kashmir. On Monday, US Democrats Margaret C Hassan and Christopher J Van Hollen urged New Delhi to ensure transparency on the ongoing situation in the disputed Himalayan valley of Kashmir. The Democrats also praised Pakistan for allowing them unconstrained access, alongside the UN military observers, to Azad Jammu and Kashmir.
On Sunday, the US Democrats Christopher J Van Hollen and Margaret Hassan visited Muzaffarabad and engaged with the leadership of Azad Kashmir, alongside observing the on-ground situation first-hand. They met with the President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Sardar Masood Khan, who underscored the need for the US to intervene in the escalating humanitarian crisis in occupied Kashmir. The US Senators also met with the Prime Minister of Azad Jammu and Kashmir, Raja Farooq Haider. Raja Farooq Haider stressed that the solution for the longstanding dispute of Kashmir lies in the UNSC resolutions, and Washington must ensure the implementation of these resolutions.
The visit took place after Senator Van Hollen flew in from New Delhi after being denied permission by the Narendra Modi-led Indian government to visit occupied Kashmir. In Pakistan, the US Senators enjoyed unconstrained access to visit Azad Jammu and Kashmir, alongside engaging with the Azad Kashmiri leadership. US Senators Chris Van Hollen and Maggie Hassan also called upon Prime Minister Imran Khan, alongside engaging with Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Javed Bajwa. US Senators Chris Van Hollen and Margaret C Hassan expressed their concerns over the escalating human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir.–Agencies