US Asstt Secretary urged to visit Kashmir during her 5-day India visit

Hameed Shaheen

Islamabad—People of Kashmir have urged the Assistant Secretary of State for Consular Affairs, Michele Thoren Bond, who is traveling to India on August 22-26, to visit Kashmir Valley to see for herself the gravity of the abuses of human rights there. During past 39 days over 90 Kashmiri youth have been killed. Kashmiris are demanding fulfillment of promises made to them in the United Nations Security Council resolutions for return of their right to self-determine their future destiny.
A State Department media note Saturday said that Asstt Secretary of State would “review consular operations at the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi, as well as the U.S. Consulates General in Chennai and Hyderabad”.
Assistant Secretary Bond will also participate in a bilateral consular dialogue with Indian counterparts as well as have a meet with the private sector.
“The United States is committed to long-term bilateral engagement with India on a variety of consular-related issues, including facilitating tourist and business travel through efficient visa adjudications, working together on international adoptions, preventing and resolving international parent child abduction cases, and protecting U.S. citizens overseas” the media note adds.

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