Communications blockade in IOK must end: US lawmaker


Observer Report


Trailblazing US congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Tuesday said the blockade on communication and life-saving medical care in occupied Kashmir “must end” as she expressed support for the people of occupied Kashmir.
In a post shared on Twitter, Ocasio-Cortez, who is among a group of progressive US congresswomen popularly known as “The Squad”, said: “We stand for the basic human dignity of Kashmiris [and] support democracy, equality, and human rights for all — including the most vulnerable.”
She said that the reports of violence and torture in occupied Kashmir were “extremely concerning,” adding that the blockade on communication and life-saving medical care “must end”.
The US congresswoman was responding to a video of herself uploaded by a user on Twitter, who had thanked her for taking time out to express solidarity with Kashmir.
Since the Indian government on August 5 repealed Article 370 of its constitution — stripping occupied Kashmir of its special status — a strict lock-down and communications blackout has suffocated the region into silence. It has now been in place for 58 days. Ocasio-Cortez is not the only US lawmaker who has condemned India’s action in occupied Kashmir.

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