No policy change on Kashmir, Says US

Washington: The United States on Friday stated that there was no change in its policy on Kashmir and called on India and Pakistan to calm and restraint.

Asked by reporters if there was any change in its stance on Kashmir, stae department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus catagorically said, “No.”

The US has maintained that Kashmir is a bilateral issue between Indian and Pakistan and it is up to two countries to decide on the peace and scope of the talks over the issue.

“And if there was, I certainly wouldn’t be announcing it here, but no, there is not”, Ortagus said.

She further said that the United States supports dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir.

“It’s something that we’ve called for calm and restrain by all parties. We want to maintain peace and stability and we, of course support, direct dialogue between India and Pakistan on Kashmir and other issues of concern”, she added.

Responding to a question about Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan’s allegation of human rights violations in Kashmir, Ortagus said, “I really don’t want to go beyond what we’ve said, because it’s such a tenuous issue. It’s something that we’re talking to them about quite closely.”