US denies India shared plans about scrapping Kashmir’s special status
KARACHI: The United States has denied the Indian media’s claim that the so called largest democracy on the face of the earth shared any plans with the US government before revoking Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status.
The US Bureau of South and Central Asian Affairs in a statement said, “Contrary to press reporting, the Indian government did not consult or inform the US Government before moving to revoke Jammu and Kashmir’s special constitutional status.”
The statement has been attributed to a senior US diplomat, Assistant Secretary for South Asia Alice Wells, who is currently visiting Pakistan.
Local Indian media had claimed that India robbed occupied Kashmir of its special status with connivance of America.
Indian External Affairs Minister S Jaishankar had relayed US Secretary of State about this in February this year, a couple of days after the Pulwama attack took place. However, the decision to bifurcate the Occupied Azad and Jammu Kashmir was an afterthought, an Indian website ThePrint quoted multiple sources as saying.
The Print has further claimed that India on Monday also briefed envoys of the P-5 nations: The US, the UK, China, France and Russia as well as envoys of all 15 members of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC).
There are strong concerns in Pakistan that the US and Israel are behind India’s this move — one to strengthen its proxy in the region and the other to present the case as a support for its illegitimate claim and occupation on Palestinian land.