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Indian-American Congresswoman introduces bill urging India to end restrictions in J&K

Pramila Jayapal, an Indian-American Congresswoman, recently introduced a bill in the US House of Representatives which “urged India to lift the communication clampdown, release political detainees and preserve religious freedom for all residents” in Jammu and Kashmir.

The bill, which was introduced on Friday, also urged the Indian government to allow international human rights observers and journalists to the occupied Kashmir valley along with releasing all the illegally detained residents.

The Indian government had imposed these restrictions in the valley after Article 370 of the Constitution, which accorded special status to Jammu and Kashmir, was abrogated on August 5.

While taking to Twitter, Jayapal wrote:

“As the world’s largest democracy, India shares a unique and important relationship with the United States. I’m proud to have lived my own life in the world’s two greatest democracies–as a citizen of India for 35 years, and now as a proud American citizen and member of Congress. I have fought to strengthen the special US-India relationship, which is why I’m deeply concerned. Detaining people without charge, severely limiting communications, & blocking neutral third-parties from visiting the region is harmful to our close, critical bilateral relationship”.

The full thread of her tweets on Kashmir can be found below:

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