Pakistan will be keeping a close eye on Donald Trump’s two-day visit to India, hoping that the United States President would offer to play a mediation-level role to de-escalate tensions between India and Pakistan. The tensions between the two countries escalated after August 5, 2019, after the abrogation of provisions of Article 370 in Jammu and Kashmir.
“We hope that during the US President’s visit to India, the issues being faced by the people of Jammu and Kashmir will be raised with the Indian government and the offer of mediation expressed by the US President is taken forward through some concrete practical step,” Pakistan’s foreign affairs ministry spokesperson Aisha Farooqui said.
Pakistan has been reiterating its call for United States’ intervention every time officials from both sides have met.
Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan has repeatedly asked for help from the Donald Trump administration to play the mediation role in compelling New Delhi to have a dialogue with Pakistan on the Jammu and Kashmir issue.
Referring to the letter written by at least four United States senators including Senator Lindsay Graham, addressed to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, expressing concerns about the alleged human rights situation in Jammu and Kashmir, Pakistan maintained that the US administration echoes its call for the provision of “fundamental freedoms to the people of J&K”.
“The letter that has been sent is yet another voice in which growing international call to the government of India to abide by international law, human rights conventions and to ensure that a just resolution is given to the people of Kashmir, so we welcome it,” Pakistan foreign office spokesperson said. (IT)