US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders criticises India on Kashmir

US presidential candidate Bernie Sanders criticises India on Kashmir

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Houston, 01 Sept, 2019: Raising a rebel voice from US against India on Kashmir, US presidential contender Bernie Sanders on Saturday said he was deeply concerned about the situation in Kashmir and called for immediate removal of the communication blockade in the valley.

Speaking at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) conference in Houston, Sanders said, "India's action [in Kashmir] is unacceptable".

“I am deeply concerned about this situation in Kashmir where the Indian government has revoked Kashmiri autonomy, cracked on dissent and instituted a communications blackout. The crackdown in the name of “security” is also denying the Kashmiri people access to medical care,” the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Sanders said.

He added, “Even many respected doctors in India have acknowledged that the Indian government-imposed restrictions on travel are threatening the life-saving care that patients need.”

The 77-year-old senator further called on the Indian government to immediately lift the communications blockade in the valley. “The United States government must speak out boldly in support on international humanitarian law and in support of a UN back a peaceful resolution that respects the will of the Kashmiri people.”