Thursday, 9 December 2021

US to mediate over Kashmir issue: Nikki Haley

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NEW YORK: Instead of waiting until “something happens”, the United States said it would try and “find its place” in efforts to de-escalate strains between Pakistan and India. “It’s absolutely right that this administration is concerned about the relationship between India and Pakistan and very much wants to see how we de-escalate any sort of conflict going forward,” the US Ambassador to the UN Nikki Haley said, while addressing a press conference after assuming the role of president of the Security Council at the United Nations (UN) for April. The statement indicates that US President Donald Trump could play a role in such actions and signals a seeming shift in the US attitude of not engaging in Pak-India disagreements. Ambassador Haley, who is of Indian ancestry, was asked whether the US would make any effort to get India and Pakistan to engage in peace talks. “I would expect that the [Trump] administration is going to be in talks and try and find its place to be a part of that,” she told reporters. “We don’t think, we should wait till something happens,” she told reporters.The senior Indian-American member of Trump’s cabinet made the latest remarks when questioned if the US could make efforts to bring Pakistan and India on a table for peace talks as tensions heightened between the neighbouring over Kashmir rises.

“We very much think that we should be proactive in the way that we are seeing tensions rise and conflicts start to bubble up and so we want to see if we can be a part of that,” she added. “So I think that will be something that you will see members of the National Security Council participates in, but also wouldn’t be surprised if the president participates in that as well,” she said. This is the first time Haley has made statements as a member of Trump’s cabinet addressing tensions between Pakistan and India. Kashmir has been a troubled valley since the partition of the Subcontinent; both Pakistan and India claim it in full, both governing separate disputed parts. Post-independence from the British, the two neighbouring countries also fought three wars, two of them over Kashmir. Last December, during an interview, US Vice President Mike Pence had also said that Trump could use his “extraordinary deal-making skills” to reduce tensions around the world and resolve problems, including the Kashmir issue. In Kashmir IoK, Hurriyet leaders and organizations have welcomed the statement of the US Ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, who expressed the expectation that Donald Trump’s deal-making skills could help resolve the Kashmir dispute. US Ambassador while addressing a press conference at the United Nations said that the US administration would assist in de-escalating tension between Pakistan and India. The Chairman of Jammu and Kashmir Liberation Front, Muhammad Yasin Malik in a statement issued in Srinagar termed the statement as positive and hoped that the statement of US envoy would be translated into action. The forum led by Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in a statement described the statement as encouraging particularly in the background of the present good relations between the US and India.

The Chairman of Democratic Freedom Party, Shabbir Ahmad Shah, and other Hurriyet leaders including Mukhtar Ahmad Waza, Bilal Siddiqui, Mohammad Yousuf Naqash, Javed Ahmad Mir and Sikh leader Narendra Singh Khalsa in their statements said that the US statement was a proof that despite negative propaganda unleashed by India and its collaborators against the freedom struggle, the case of the oppressed Kashmiri people was being heard across the globe. Senior APHC leader, Agha Syed Hassan Al-Moosvi Al-Safvi, Dukhtaran-e-Millat Chairperson, Aasiya Andrabi and Qazi Yasir in their statements asked people to completely stay away from election drama being staged by India to hoodwink the international community. The leaders asked the people to beware of the conspiracies being hatched by Indian agencies to divide the Kashmiris on sectarian lines. Meanwhile, complete shutdown, marked by anti-India demonstrations, was observed in Pulwama town, today, against the arrest of several youth by Indian police during raids on their houses. All shops and business establishments were closed while traffic was off the road. People raising anti-India and pro-freedom slogans demanded immediate release of the arrested youth. Indian poli

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