US ‘concerned’ over violence in Kashmir
Washington, Aug 16 (IANS) The United States has expressed concern over violence in the Kashmir Valley and urged India and Pakistan to find a “peaceful resolution” to the Kashmir dispute.
“We are aware of the clashes (in the Kashmir Valley). We remain concerned about the violence and we encourage all sides to make efforts to finding a peaceful resolution,” State Department spokesperson Elizabeth Trudeau told reporters here.
Trudeau was asked about Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s open support to freedom for Balochistan in Pakistan and parts of Kashmir under Islamabad’s control.
She refused to be dragged into it and said the US has not changed its position on Kashmir that it remains a bilateral issue between the two countries.
“Our position on Kashmir has not changed. The pace, the scope, the character of any discussions in Kashmir is for the two sides to determine,” Trudeau said in her daily briefing on Monday.
“We support any and all positive steps that India and Pakistan can take to forge closer relations.”
The Kashmir Valley has been tense after the July 8 killing of rebel commander Burhan Wani triggered widespread clashes between protesters and security forces. At least 65 people have been killed in five weeks of the unrest.
Seven killed in Jammu accidents
Jammu, Aug 16 (IANS) At least seven people died in two road accidents on Tuesday in Jammu and Kashmir, police said.
Four people died in Rajouri district when their car skidded off the road and fell into a deep gorge, a police officer told IANS here.
Three people died and five others were injured in Kathua district when an ambulance met with an accident near Chadkwal, some 75 km from here, on the Jammu-Pathankot highway, the police said.