Urge India to roll back abrogation of autonomy to Kashmir, end siege of people of kashmir

Urge India to roll back abrogation of autonomy to Kashmir, end siege of people of kashmir

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Through this petition Kashmir Global Council, http://kashmirglobalcouncil.com/ a political advocacy group based in New York, urges the United States government to use its influence and call upon the Indian government to roll back the abrogation of autonomy to the state of Jammu and Kashmir granted to its citizens consequent upon its temporary accession to India under the Instrument of Accession, which was illegally and unconstitutionally abrogated by the Indian government on August 5, 2019. We also urge the State Department to exercise its influence and put pressure on Indian government to lift siege on millions of people in Kashmir.

On August 5, 2019 Indian government rushed legislation through its parliament in an unprecedented manner revoking Articles 370 and 35-A of the Indian Constitution which granted special powers to the Jammu and Kashmir legislature to enact laws. The abrogation of special status was done in a manner that is widely seen as illegal and unconstitutional. It was done without consulting the people of Jammu and Kashmir, their legislature, or political leaders or representatives. While the State Legislature was already dissolved, on the night of August 4-5 prominent political leaders (even those who are mainstream or pro India) were and continue to be detained and the entire population throughout the State was put under lock down, confined to their homes without access to any kind of essential or emergency services. Internet, phone, and cable services have been disabled.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/05/opinion/kashmir-article-370.html

Jammu and Kashmir state has enjoyed special status under the Indian Constitution for the last 70 years. It is an internationally recognized dispute under various resolutions of the United Nations Security Council which call upon India and Pakistan, principal parties to the dispute, to resolve it through plebiscite thereby giving an opportunity to the people of Jammu and Kashmir to express their free will about their future.

By resorting to unilateral abrogation of special status of Jammu and Kashmir India has violated the UNSC resolutions as also the Shimla Agreement (1972) between India and Pakistan under which both countries agreed to maintain status quo in respect of political status of Jammu and Kashmir. India’s irresponsible actions have heightened the likelihood of war between the two nuclear armed nations and tensions have escalated between the respective governments.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/08/07/world/asia/pakistan-kashmir-india.html

We believe that the United States government is in a unique position to immediately intervene in this dispute to prevent a possible nuclear catastrophe.

 

 

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