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Mandira Nayar
Mandira Nayar


'Issue of human right violation came up during John Kerry's visit'

PTI8_30_2016_000297A (File) US Secretary of State John Kerry

The issue of human rights violation came up in discussion during US Secretary of State John Kerry's visit to the national capital. This was revealed by deputy assistant secretary, Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs of the US government, Angela Aggeler at a session in the 2016 East-West Centre International Media Conference being under way in Delhi.

Replying to a question on violations in Kashmir and the Northeast, Aggeler said this “was discussed when Secretary Kerry was here”. It was something that had to be addressed by India and Pakistan, she added.

While there was no suggestion that there had been any uncomfortable conversation, but instead it was clear that India and the US were close, the stalemate in Kashmir has not gone unnoticed by the international community. Both Iran and China had made references to the continuing turmoil in the Valley. In a statement issued, Hurriyat leader Syed Geelani had thanked “China, Norway, Saudi Arabia, New Zealand, Iran and the Organisation of Islamic countries (OIC) for expressing concern over the brutal repression by India in Kashmir”.

The uneasiness over the lack of solution and the use of pellet guns—the pictures of which have gone viral across the world—were an issue of concern among experts. It is a delicate situation especially after India spoke of the human rights issues in Balochistan and Pakistan pointing out atrocities in Kashmir. As a source close to the government said, “It won’t be easy as before we throw a stone at Pakistan, we have to remember that we too live in a glass house”.

The private whispering and conversations may soon become public.

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