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US presidential candidate Elizabeth Warren raises concerns over Kashmir 

Senator and leading Democratic candidate for presidential nomination, Elizabeth Warren has expressed concerns over the situation and continuing restrictions in Kashmir. Mirroring the voices of senators Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris, Warren took to Twitter to highlight her worry.

“The US-India partnership has always been rooted in our shared democratic values. I’m concerned about recent events in Kashmir, including a continued communications blackout and other restrictions. The rights of the people of Kashmir must be respected,” she wrote. Leading candidate for the party’s nominations, Warren is a close second to former vice-president Joe Biden in the race to the Oval Office.

Her tweet on Kashmir came close after Democratic senator Chris Van Hollen said he had been denied permission to visit Kashmir. He said, “If the Indian government has nothing to hide, they should not worry about people visiting Kashmir and witnessing the situation with their own eyes.”

The first of the Democratic candidates to raise the Kashmir issue was Senator Sanders, who told an annual convention of North American Muslims last month that “India’s action is unacceptable” and “the communications blockade must be lifted immediately.” He spoke of a “UN-backed peaceful resolution that respects the will of the Kashmiri people.” Senator Harris, who is half Indian, had too spoken up.

She had said, “We have to remind the Kashmiris that they are not alone in the world. We are keeping a track on the situation. There is a need to intervene if the situation demands.” Another Indian-American lawmaker, Pramila Jayapal was one of the 13 colleagues in the House of Representatives to write a joint letter to Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi asking for a lift of the restrictions.

President Donald Trump had offered to mediate the Kashmir dispute between India and Kashmir twice, only to be rejected by New Delhi.

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