US ‘Concerned’ Over Kashmir Unrest

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Washington: The United States has expressed concerns over the recent unrest in Kashmir and called on “all sides” to make efforts to find a peaceful solution to the issue.

Protests broke out across Kashmir Valley on July 9, a day after militant commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with security forces in south Kashmir. At least 55 people were killed and 5,500 were injured in the ensuing violence.

Human rights defenders have accused government forces of unleashing terror on Kashmiris and the widespread use of pellet guns is under the scanner.

“We encourage all sides to make efforts to find a peaceful solution to this,” state department spokesperson John Kirby told reporters.

“We have obviously seen reports of the clashes between protesters and Indian forces in Kashmir. And we’re, of course, concerned by the violence, as you might expect we would be,” he said.

Kirby said the US was in close touch with the Indian government over the issue.

“But we’re obviously concerned by the violence and we want to see the tensions de-escalated,” Kirby said.

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