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US refuses to back Modi’s claims

Published Aug 17, 2016 06:44am


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WASHINGTON: The United States continues to view the Kashmir issue as a dispute that needs to be settled by both India and Pakistan, says the US State Department, while distancing itself from India’s claims over Azad Kashmir.

In his Independence Day speech on Monday, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi refused to address the ongoing military oppression in India-held Kashmir.

Instead, he accused Islamabad of suppressing the people of Azad Kashmir and Balochistan, saying that “Pakistan shall have to answer to the world” for the alleged atrocities committed against the people in these regions.

At a Monday afternoon news briefing, an Indian journalist asked Elizabeth Trudeau, director of the US State Department Press Office, to address Mr Modi’s comments. The journalist also claimed that the people of Azad Kashmir were “all Indians,” and said to the State Department official that the “time has come now to speak out” for those people as they were not allowed to express their views.

The journalist also reminded the State Department official that the Indian prime minister had directed his ministry of foreign affairs to raise this issue at the international level.

“I wouldn’t speak on Mr Modi’s comments. That would be for him to speak to,” said Ms Trudeau. “Our position, as you well know, on Kashmir has not changed. The pace, the scope, the character of any discussions on Kashmir is for the two sides to determine.”

The US official also urged Pakistan and India to work jointly to resolve this issue, which Pakistan warns has the potential to lead to yet another war between South Asia’s two nuclear-armed states. “We support any and all positive steps that India and Pakistan can take to forge closer relations,” she said.

Instead of addressing the alleged Pakistani atrocities in Azad Kashmir, Ms Trudeau referred to clashes between civilian demonstrators and Indian forces in the Kashmir Valley and encouraged “all sides” to seek a peaceful solution.

“We’re aware of the clashes. We remain concerned about the violence, and we encourage all sides to make efforts to finding a peaceful resolution,” she said.

Noting that she was referring to clashes in India-held Kashmir, the journalist asked: “Is this the time now for the State Department to look into that part of Kashmir also?”

“I would leave our comments on Kashmir where I left them. We do remain concerned about the violence,” Ms Trudeau replied.

Published in Dawn, August 17th, 2016


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Auginpk Aug 17, 2016 09:03am

Statement of non entity, knowing nothing means nothing.

Ramsay Bolton Aug 17, 2016 09:04am

They are neither supporting India nor Pakistan. They are least interested in this issue. They always distance themselves from this.

Naxalite Aug 17, 2016 09:07am

Modi calls this Organized Foreign Policy? These are plain theatre-ics, he is making mockery of himself

Naxalite Aug 17, 2016 09:07am

Disagree if you want, but Congress' Foreign Policy was way mature than these Theater-ics.

abx Aug 17, 2016 09:08am

Finally the truth. Reality hurts

Arvindar Kumar Aug 17, 2016 09:08am

India has no case on Kashmir. Just naming Balochistan, AJK,GB will not release pressure on India. Fact remains that India is responsible for worst human rights violations in J&K. just raising fingers on others is not the solution. Address own issues.

Hitesh Aug 17, 2016 09:08am

Where is the refusal???

abx Aug 17, 2016 09:08am

Morr sleepless nites for indian govt

abx Aug 17, 2016 09:08am

The world knows and watching you

Desi Dimag Aug 17, 2016 09:09am

It's clear now, no one is willing to interfere in Kashmir issue.

abx Aug 17, 2016 09:09am

Thankyou for being honest and sayin straight up

freedom Aug 17, 2016 09:09am

U.S just look for his interest. they just their objectives and targets protected.

Desi Dimag Aug 17, 2016 09:12am

“We’re aware of the clashes. We remain concerned about the violence, and we encourage all sides to make efforts to finding a peaceful resolution,” she said.

The US is aware of the violent protest.

Akbar Aug 17, 2016 09:12am

Yay!!! Kashmir will find freedom!

Desi Dimag Aug 17, 2016 09:15am

I don't see the USA refused to back Modi's claim in her statement. The US precisely distanced from Kashmir issue.

Tota Ram Verma Aug 17, 2016 09:16am

when your enemies starting getting jealous about you that means you are on a good track ...keep it up Modi ..

Maverik Aug 17, 2016 09:17am

Fact of the matter is, Modi has lost the ball. This year has been full of disasters for RSS backed BJP govt, and India has see humiliation at international forums multiple times. Be it Kashmir issue, Dalit issue, Beef issue, Assam, Manipur or Chattisgarh issue, suppression & manipulation of media, relations with neighbors, China issue, Nepal issue, NSG issue etc, on all fronts the Modi govt has failed. Bringing Balochistan and Azad Kashmir into the discusiion was another big blunder. This one particular mistake will haunt India for a very long time, and won't distract the world from Indian Occupied Kashmir situation.

Optimistic Pakistani Aug 17, 2016 09:17am

@Hitesh you need to understand the article as it is very obvious.....showing the frustration of pm modi who instead of apologising and connecting with the people of IOK is blaming Pakistan..countdown has started for Kashmir to free itself from the barbarism of India in a land of their own where mothers daughters and sons will be safe and breathing fresh air in their own land.

Khatoon Aug 17, 2016 09:18am

That's a diplomatic answer. Everyone knows the reality.

SANDEEP Aug 17, 2016 09:26am

US will not burn its fingers, their stand is neutral....better to be safe then sorry.

Ali Aug 17, 2016 09:29am

@Tota Ram Verma If your analogy is true then this means Pakistan is on Track ever since Pakistan and China signed CPEC.

TJ Aug 17, 2016 09:29am

Now you are trying too hard. Did not see one word where they said they refused. But keep trying.

Ali Aug 17, 2016 09:35am

USA is completely useless in this. But one thing for sure they dont want this issue to be resolved.

Zak Aug 17, 2016 09:44am

Now even US is openly supporting Pakistan.. Days of jammu and kashmir occupation are numbered..

Hassan Aug 17, 2016 09:44am

How many times have we had curfew in Azad Kashmir? How many people killed in Azad Kashmir by Pak Millitary? Now compare this with situation in Indian held Kashmir. Need I say any more?

Amit Aug 17, 2016 09:44am

Time has changed, earlier Pakistan use to complain when US use to take a neutral stand and refer it as bilateral issue. But now it is seen as an achievement for Pakistan if US does so.

Hum Hindustan Aug 17, 2016 09:50am

The U.S. Recognizes that this is a bilateral issue and will not act to upset India. Very shocking that Pakistan's ally, China, is silent on this. Looks like the world recognizes that Kashmir is better off as part of India and not Pakistan.

DocOne Aug 17, 2016 09:52am

Where did she refuse to back or support Modi ? USA is very clear's a bilateral issue and they won't mediate. I think in a way they refused to support Pakistan's attempt to internationalize the issue.

Qamar Aug 17, 2016 09:52am

Why Indians understand that US foreign policy bases where their interest is involved. If you Indians allow a plebiscite to determine the path of Kashmir it will be better.

AW Aug 17, 2016 09:53am

Everyone knows for at least last 2 decades what the US policy is about Pak - India including Kashmir.

Journalist Aug 17, 2016 09:52am

Indians must learn to raise standards to international level or world will keep ignoring them.

Vivek (Indore) Aug 17, 2016 09:54am

Where exactly does the "US refuses to back Modi’s claims"?

Sugarcane Aug 17, 2016 09:55am

@Zak I want to have some of whatever you are having. I also want to live the land of my fantasies!

Ramsay Bolton: Our blades are sharp Aug 17, 2016 09:57am

@Zak : Yawn! Have been hearing the same rhetoric since past 70 years.

Jaan-Bhittani Aug 17, 2016 09:57am

If Pakistan and India wants to progress and compete with other nations of the world, then they have to sit together, discuss all the issues and we are sure they can solve it with in months. otherwise " lagaaaay raho munaaaa bhai "

Pankaj Aug 17, 2016 09:57am

The K issue is never likely to be resolved.

Arun Aug 17, 2016 09:58am

@Naxalite Absolutely. Disagreed. The US has said nothing more or less than one would expect them to say. By saying what they have, the have not given Pakistan what it was looking for - for the US to pressurize India. You may hate Modi, but he's doing just fine.

Rakesh Jain Aug 17, 2016 09:59am

The United States continues to view the Kashmir issue as a dispute that needs to be settled by both India and Pakistan, .. this has been India's Policy and Position since begining

Arshad , Canada Aug 17, 2016 10:01am

@Ramsay Bolton , The state department is saying now as always that Pakistan and India should negotiate on Kasmir. This Pakistans position. So please do not twist the words.

"Our position, as you well know, on Kashmir has not changed. The pace, the scope, the character of any discussions on Kashmir is for the two sides to determine.”

As for as the unrest or violence in the Pakistani part of Kashmir , what the hell is he talking about ? That part is one of the most peaceful in Pakistan. I think Pakistan should invite Indian Journalist to visit Azad Kashmir and see it for themselves.

Neo Aug 17, 2016 10:01am

@Vivek (Indore) if you have some sense its a clear refusal and with a big question mark on violence ..

Vivaan singh Aug 17, 2016 10:03am

Every country believe india ...!! What ur next step?

Haider Aug 17, 2016 10:06am

Embarassing for india.

Alii Aug 17, 2016 10:05am

@Hitesh She refused to comment on Modi's comments on AJK, despite the journalist's insistence. This is refusal in every possible way.

Muhammad Aug 17, 2016 10:09am

@Hitesh this is diplomatic language if u care to understand.

Abdul Aug 17, 2016 10:12am

But what she said is the samething which the Indians are saying since long. No reference to UN !!

Zealot Aug 17, 2016 10:13am

It is a least supporting statement for pakistan but in indirect way....they could have choose to ignore but NO.once we ignore them this is their 6th statement in our support since Akthar Mansoor Death...i think we must ask to them for F16 deal first...if they want to engage with us further and more important FO must Force them to leave afghan soil.otherwise US must not pass such statements if cant do something for us meaningful...

Muhammad Aug 17, 2016 10:17am

Hostile actions of BJP will contribute to resolution of Kashmir issue. We should especially thank Mr Modi who has weakened India's stance on Kashmir.

Desi Dimag Aug 17, 2016 10:21am

The last para sums it all. Thanks, USA to recognise the violence.

ABRAR KASHMIRI Aug 17, 2016 10:23am

@Zak I agree The number of days means countless days to go!!!

MFM Aug 17, 2016 10:25am

US disparately want a peaceful India. They want to do business there. Troubled India does not suit their plans and interest. US disparately want harmonious relation between India and Pakistan. However they made two strategic mistakes. 1. They wished this harmony to be achieved on the cost of Pakistan's dignity. US should know Modi that he cannot give any dignity to Pakistan and they should know Pakistanis, it is difficult to compromise on dignity. They should know from Salala. 2. They went so far to fail CPEC. How do you expect a nation to strangle itself just to please you.

Hyder Kashmiri Aug 17, 2016 10:31am

Don't you guys see US is 100% with India? View of India is view of US. We can't trust US at all.

Khan Aug 17, 2016 10:32am

They won't back us, and they won't back India. But at least the USA recognizes it as a disputed territory, which is closer to the Pakistan stance than the Indian one.

abx Aug 17, 2016 10:33am

What happen to modi claims of us support. Us is staying neutral on kashmir issue. Now indian are trying to say that us is not against the indian claim. Some people living in fools paradise

Nitin Aug 17, 2016 10:34am

Who cares what US thinks?

Apoorv Swarup Aug 17, 2016 10:34am

@Alii thats not refusal, thats more like tacit acceptance i.e. Modi can do and say as he wants, we will keep away from it. Refusal would have meant condemnation.

Bill Aug 17, 2016 10:35am

This statement should make Modi happy: no mention of UN or plebiscite

KN Aug 17, 2016 10:43am

This is good for India. India prefers status quo. Rest of the world refusing to intervene is what India wants.

Shahzad Ikhlaq Aug 17, 2016 10:44am

Can Modi & Indian Govt get anymore funnier? I'm from AJK, was born there, got educated there, my entire family lives there, our ancestors are buried in that land, what atrocities on people of AJK are they trying to highlight to the world? There's no curfew in any city or town of AJK, we don't see armed forces patrolling the streets, we don't see any protests against Pakistan, we don't have any AJK political leader under house arrest, we're not barred entry anywhere, i fail to understand what atrocities Indian's are trying to highlight to the world????

Muhammad Abdul Moiz Aug 17, 2016 10:46am

US is not even interested to resolve the issue. How its weapons will be sold our to Pakistan and India.

KN Aug 17, 2016 10:52am

This is just US refusing to intervene as Pakistan has been wanting them to do. This is what Modi wants

INDIAN LOVE Aug 17, 2016 10:53am

US want Kashmir issue should be solved bilaterally , which is what India wants . Pakistan want third party like US or UN to get involved in Kashmir issue , which is not happening.

UniqueComment Aug 17, 2016 10:57am

An Indian journalist tried to put his words into Ms Trudeau sayings,but failed. Ms Trudeau clearly referred to clashes between civilians and Indian armed forces. Time has changed,media is ever most vibrant,Indian could not hide atrocities despite ban on social media and Internet service.UN Secretary General earlier has expressed concern on human rights violation in Kashmir.

pk Aug 17, 2016 11:01am

gov of India tried for cordial relations by some good gesture, pakistan should be happy with their kashmir and india theirs, but then there is attack on pathankot and all indian gov wanted is some action from pakistan, people can deny but this will not change the realty, there is mumbai attack where 166 died. Now India has learnt that their is no meaning, so now taking diff approach, and pakistan can again deny but it is making some good impact

sanjeev mehta Aug 17, 2016 11:04am

India don't give much importance to american statements. Its Pakistan who high lights American's views and gives so much importance to Americans. After all USA has no role in matters related between India and Pakistan.

Desi Dimag Aug 17, 2016 11:04am

Pakistan is underestimating Modi Ji. If all political parties in India are supporting him means something serious is going to happen.

Kamal Pasha. Aug 17, 2016 11:08am

@Ramsay Bolton, US is supporting UN resolutions.

Rustom Aug 17, 2016 11:08am

@abx where did she say it's a dispute. It says, their position is unchanged!!

Abdul Basit Aug 17, 2016 11:09am

Pakistan and India can solve the issue of Kahmir by making the Line OF Control as a permanent border and start paying more attention to development of people, education for all and improving road networks, leading to better economy.

The Right Left Aug 17, 2016 11:12am

Fact is, the US/West is preparing, supporting India as its prime horse against the emergence of China. The grand plan is to neutralize any/all supporting horses that China may have. Pakistan is in the cross hair for this reason and knows that. US will not openly back India but continue to ignore all that India does but it will covertly support India in everything that will make India stronger.

asad Aug 17, 2016 11:13am

The truth has prevailed, the people of kashmir are denied to express their views, slap on Indian government for claiming otherwise and deluding their people by using aggressive and manipulative language.

Shashi Bengaluru Aug 17, 2016 11:14am

@Naxalite yeah..right from Nehru times

Alii Aug 17, 2016 11:16am

@Apoorv Swarup Err no actually. She said the US would like Indo Pak to talk and that they are "concerned about the violence" in held Kashmir.

NOBODY Aug 17, 2016 11:20am

One of the points the opposition in India was holding against Mr. Modi's speach was he has started a war of words on highest level and this will internationalize the kashmir dispute. But this report shows that US is still considering kashmir as a bilateral issue. It's a win win for India

M Wasim K Aug 17, 2016 11:21am

@sanjeev mehta Yeah that's why Modi and previous Indian leaders keep running to US

MK Aug 17, 2016 11:21am

Indians are delusional, any sound person can see the human suffering, but the hate is just blind the mind, forget about the land, think about the people, young kids are getting blind with such hate and stupidity.

Zak Aug 17, 2016 11:23am

@Shahzad Ikhlaq To give you an perspective in Indian side of J&K only few places where young people are pelting stones , Police is there. Rest of the areas in Jammu & ladakh situation is peaceful. I rarely see army except in border areas. so just because media is showing is same news again and again, do not fall for it

PakSal Aug 17, 2016 11:24am

@Hitesh Read between the lines.

TBH Aug 17, 2016 11:26am

@Alii US will not interfere. All what they will say is to repeat the same statement for ever. The status quo is not going to change whatever be the propaganda is

mkb Aug 17, 2016 11:29am

It is a bold step taken by Govt. of India under Modi. Today they are listening, tomorrow they will react.

vijay,salem Aug 17, 2016 11:33am

@Hitesh" Where is the refusal???".

Kamal Pasha. Aug 17, 2016 11:38am

U.S. refuses to believe any claim by Modi about Pakistan.

Shahzad Ikhlaq Aug 17, 2016 11:42am

@Zak Yeah situation in Indian Occupied Kashmir is not that grave, only 50 odd dead with hundreds injured, many hundreds will never be able to recover from mental trauma, so yes you're correct situation in occupied Kashmir is not as bad as media is showing.

Ahtesham Aug 17, 2016 11:44am

India has to announce referendum in Kashmir since they occupied on Kashmir illegally which World knows.

Gurjit Brar Aug 17, 2016 11:44am

Clear message, US don't want to interfere in India's internal matter..

M Wasim K Aug 17, 2016 11:49am

@Nitin You LEADER Modi cares bro - that's why you people were screaming a few days ago. US is with India - US is with India. Now suddenly, who cares what US had to say

ghummansaqib Aug 17, 2016 11:52am

Keep issue alive without resolving for sale of good arms sale!!!!

Ana Aug 17, 2016 11:58am

Statement is clear: if you want to talk dont talk to the US talk to Modi if you have a problem.

amir_indian Aug 17, 2016 11:59am

@Zak Indian-American Neera Tanden was on Tuesday named co-chair of the transition team of Hillary Clinton.

Khawar Saleem Aslam Aug 17, 2016 12:01pm

Kashmir is not an issue of land or a trophy . It is concerning people and human lives. Denying the issue through belligerent statements and killing and maiming people will not work. Sitting together and working towards finding an acceptable solution will help all, including India.

A Shah Aug 17, 2016 12:03pm

Basically US backs India's stance on Indian Kashmir.

Abdul Shakoor Narejo Aug 17, 2016 12:11pm

Ms Trudeau referred to clashes between civilian demonstrators and Indian forces in the Kashmir Valley and encouraged “all sides” to seek a peaceful solution.

“We’re aware of the clashes. We remain concerned about the violence, and we encourage all sides to make efforts to finding a peaceful resolution,” she said. Truth has to come and lie has to vanish. Soon India -the so called democracy - would learn to live with peace with its countries and no more its hegemony would remain.

S Karani Aug 17, 2016 12:14pm

Forty years ago the US was probably inclined towards Pakistani viewpoint on Kashmir. But now with commercialism, things have changed, viewpoints have altered. The US is more neutral on Ind-Pak issues. But there is a clear message - no more sneaking off to the UN, no more dossiers from Pakistan will be acceptable. Just settle the matter bilaterally as per the Simla agreement.

Apoo Aug 17, 2016 12:17pm

They won't interfere it will help India

Ajay Maheshwari Aug 17, 2016 12:28pm

U.S State department says “Our position, as you well know, on Kashmir has not changed. The pace, the scope, the character of any discussions on Kashmir is for the two sides to determine.” Where is refusal of Modi's Claims comes in , in this statement . They just said Kashmir is a bilateral issue between India & Pakistan , and Kashmir means whole Kashmir.

Neo Aug 17, 2016 12:32pm

Maybe someday when India will become more rational and tolerant for truth they would carry out referendum and Kashmir will choose independance just like Scotland

Saurabh Aug 17, 2016 12:38pm

Indians also concerned at US gun violence ... But like US concern ... Really doesn't change the ground situation much now do they ?

Common Man Aug 17, 2016 12:40pm

I want to ask this to every Pakistani. Do you believe America or not?

Gerry D'Cunha Aug 17, 2016 12:47pm

America's as usual double standard diplomatic policy

Kaly Aug 17, 2016 01:03pm

@Abdul Basit - In this whole forum, your comment is most sensible...

India Se Aug 17, 2016 01:08pm

US stand is well known. They do have any view on Kashmir and that what India wants.

Akashwani Aug 17, 2016 01:10pm

Our national interests have top priority for us and we don't care what US or Aliens think about it..

MDJ Aug 17, 2016 01:14pm

What my friends on the other side is not reading that in this article nobody is supporting the cause of J&K including US & China. Both countries need to understand the ground realities & not meddle in each other internal affairs.

R.Kannan Aug 17, 2016 01:16pm

@Ali Please remember the total CPEC budget ($46 Bn) is less than the annual trade deficit between India & China ($80 Bn). India is actually financing the CPEC

kanwarch Aug 17, 2016 01:22pm

@Auginpk Truth is bitter my friend. Come and visit Azad Kashmir and see for your self. Similarly if you are so confident about Indian held Kashmir, let a third party observer of human rights come and visit that part of Kashmir. You can not change the reality by shouting loud and trying to bully. Truth will prevail in the end. I commend the spokeswomen for telling the truth.

optimistic Aug 17, 2016 01:23pm

On one side Indians say Kashmir is bilateral issue, on second side they inviting third party to intervene - They went to UNSC for plebiscite in Kashmir, which they have not proceeded. On contrary, Indian forces killed hundreds of thousands innocent Kashmiris over more than half a century, who have been shouting for plebiscite. Beside these they yet claimed to be democracy champions. What an immoral/hypocrite country and society is the Indians?

Deepak Aug 17, 2016 01:26pm

The best situation would be India giving away J&K to Pakistan, this will be a win win for all. Indian Kashmiris get independence from India, Pakistan's long dream achieved, Indian army need not face tough winter.

Abdulla Hussain Aug 17, 2016 01:26pm

This American refusal to accept India's claim on Kashmir is a testimony of India's atrocities in Kashmir that is well known in the international arena. Indian held Kashmir will get freedom from the clutches of tyranny soon, no other way out.

Yousuf Aug 17, 2016 01:31pm

Since US lectures every country on human rights then it should also lecture India on it as well. If US wants to distance in itself in kashmir issue then it should stop interfering in other countries as well.

Abdulla Hussain Aug 17, 2016 01:31pm

If Modi is so sure about the love India has in the heart of Kashmiri peoples then withdraw the army for one day & see what happens. In Kashmir, India has imposed the longest running martial law, there is no such thing as democracy in held Kashmir.

Merchant Aug 17, 2016 01:32pm

@Hitesh "where is the refusal"!! You must learn to read between the lines !!

TruePakistani Aug 17, 2016 01:34pm

@Merchant , oh yeah she completely backed Pakistan, read between the lines :)

narejo Aug 17, 2016 01:36pm

balanced US opinion. Its good for peace in region.

Zafar Ahmed Aug 17, 2016 01:45pm

US & West not playing the positive role to settle the dispute of Kashmir as per UN resolution , which was passed more than 50 years ago and all have vested interests to keep the issue alive. They are not interested to mediate to solve issue for reasons best known them !

Farhan Hamid Aug 17, 2016 02:04pm

Truth be told it doesnt matter what the US or India say. We have already seen their true faces.

Hosh Aug 17, 2016 02:04pm

You should understand the article refusal is mention in other words which require sense to understand.

Kabeer Aug 17, 2016 02:08pm

"The journalist also reminded the State Department official that the Indian prime minister had directed his ministry of foreign affairs to raise this issue at the international level" Modi and / or any other Indian Government will never ever raise this issue on International level they have been hushing this issue for the last 70 years because they know very well that they are aggressors they have unjustly occupied the state of Jammu and Kashmir against the popular will of people otherwise they would have accepted the UN plan of plebiscite

Jamil Aug 17, 2016 02:08pm

@Hitesh The United States views Kashmir as a disputed territory which needs settlement and is concerned about clashes in indian held Kashmir.

How would you view this statement?

kanwarch Aug 17, 2016 02:17pm

@R.Kannan Thank you for doing that. God bless you.

Vectra Aug 17, 2016 02:19pm

There is nothing in this article which can show that US has refused PM Modi's claim.Instead it shows that the US has played safe and distanced itself from K issue and suggesting India and pakistan to talk bilaterally.

sambathkumar Aug 17, 2016 02:20pm

@Akbar Never

Common Man Aug 17, 2016 02:22pm

Can anyone please highlight the lines where lady has given statement saying America is supporting Pakistan on Kashmir issue? She has spoken diplomatically and that means she is not willing to annoy any of the country.

sambathkumar Aug 17, 2016 02:24pm

@Zak We, Indians never asked USA to interfere into Kashmir issue. So, we are not bothered about what they say and also we are not bothered about what world say.

Kashif Aslam Aug 17, 2016 02:27pm

Why does it matter if USA supports Modi on this. Is USA deciding Pakistan and India issues now. We have our own elected and i say again elected Politicians to decide our problems

Farooqi Aug 17, 2016 02:28pm

US is not showing it's traditional but so-called pro humanity stance over the human rights violation in Indian occupied kashmir. It has been showing it's favourite policy of dual morality.

Ady Aug 17, 2016 02:28pm

Modi can't be winner all the times,

Mohammed Aug 17, 2016 02:30pm

@Common Man First understand India's position on Kashmir. Then actually read the article and stop treating people like they are stupid. Its as obvious as you will get in a diplomatic statement.

Ady Aug 17, 2016 02:31pm

@Ali spot on

A Shah Aug 17, 2016 02:38pm

Modi didn't go running to the US or UN for backing. He simply made a statement!

Umair Arshad Aug 17, 2016 02:39pm

I don't why India and Pakistan always seek American attention in the regard , as they always refused to interfere. If India doesn't leave Kashmir as a free state , surely they will be at loss in near future as terrorism may hit India as pain goes high of Kashmiris. Moreover India losing its credibility at international level after Kashmir issue has been raised numerous times. This issue needs to be resolved soon as it is in the best interest of both the countries.

PAATCHU Aug 17, 2016 02:41pm

US State department NEVER rejected anything. They just pretend to be Neutral. The whole world knew with whom US would be!!!

Sarai Alamgir Aug 17, 2016 02:55pm

Americans are not stupid, they cant back ridiculous statements made by Modi. Even they know Modi is making things up.

Zeshan Akram Aug 17, 2016 02:57pm

Americans can't be fooled, they know the actual great game going on in the region. They are not mad "to acknowledge such a ironic statement; its is really paradoxical manifestation from Mr. Modi to criticize Pakistan's internal matters on his state independent's day - I wonder how they lift their face to conduct such act from separate movements going in India - Kashmir and Khalistan to name from many. It shows, they failed to establish and control peace and harmony within their borders and name Pakistan on their shortcomings.

Kashmir Bilateral Issue Aug 17, 2016 03:00pm

Clearly supports long standing truth Kashmir is India's internal issue and we should refrain from interfering in it.

SG Aug 17, 2016 03:00pm

Show of strength and Diplomacy begins. In both the departments Pakistan is comparatively weaker.

Abdulla Hussaun Aug 17, 2016 03:02pm

@Deepak: You have lived to your name which means " light" easy and peaceful solution will surely have to be digested by India soon

Zubair Khan Aug 17, 2016 03:06pm

The United States continues to view the Kashmir issue as a dispute that needs to be settled by both India and Pakistan, says the US State Department, while distancing itself from India’s claims over Azad Kashmir. Even US sided by India what Pakistan can do. Super powers formulate their policies as per their own interests.

Asfandeyar Aug 17, 2016 03:13pm

100% besti for the indo journalist.

Bob Aug 17, 2016 03:15pm

This is a complete twist ! US position is very consistent with India's long standing position. This is a bilateral issue and has to be settled between the two countries. India has opposed involvement of any third country and US is respectful of India's long standing position. There is nothing new in this news.

Sudhir Neyalasinger Aug 17, 2016 03:19pm

@MK What human suffering are you talking about? India has been pumping crores of taxpayers' money into J&K since independence. If the elected representatives of J&K haven't delivered on their promises they have themselves to blame for electing bad leaders. Whatever issues they have they should seek to resolve them peacefully. If they pelt stones at security forces this is what they will get.

Mubashir Aug 17, 2016 03:20pm

@Hitesh There is no acceptance, means refusal.

Sohail Khan Wazir Aug 17, 2016 03:23pm

To sum up no one is supporting India in their illegal occupation of kashmir. India behaves like Israel.

ozzy Aug 17, 2016 03:25pm

@Zak "don not fall for it"- 60ppl have ben killed countless have been raped nd your telling me to dont fall for it. Come ajk i gurantee you will see the difference.

Smart Solution Aug 17, 2016 03:26pm

Why not dispute to be settled as per UNO resolutions? Saying only that 'Kashmir issue as a dispute that needs to be settled by both India and Pakistan' simply dilutes the issue and puts it as a local dispute that takes UNO out of its responsibilities. UNO should come forward, get involved and find a solution to the problem otherwise UNO would be considered irrelevant, despite its resolutions.

Fahad Mirza Aug 17, 2016 03:29pm

wrong, this should not be settle by Pakistan and India only, this should be settle by UN, USA and other big countries, what the hell is your role, if Kashmir is christian nation, you would make them freedom right from the begining.

this is the truth

Mohammad Aug 17, 2016 03:29pm

To whom it may concern:

I am from Azad Kashmir which is demilitarized I can also confirm there is no oppression and I am free to travel anywhere in Azad Kashmir or Pakistan. I feel safe where I live and there is no violence directed towards me of my family.

My message to India: You need to win hearts and minds in Kashmir. Not by firing bullets but by pumping money into the region. The only way you will suppress the freedom movement is by gaining the trust of the locals. If the locals are in the police force, if the locals have jobs etc. Improve their quality of life and they will never want to leave India.

Hqyq Aug 17, 2016 03:34pm

I shudder at the thought of war and destruction this proxy war can bring to the region. It can get worse than Syria or Afghanistan if we are not careful. Americans or Europeans will not suffer but Pakistani's and Indians will. Not Many seem to realize it.

Raja Farhat Abbas Aug 17, 2016 03:43pm

@Sarai Alamgir Indians from the lowest level to the highest are very good at denying and making things up, even if the truth hit them flat in the face.

Sohail Khan Wazir Aug 17, 2016 03:51pm

@Mohammad admirable comment my kashmiri brother

M. Siddique Aug 17, 2016 04:00pm

Why Indians don't understand that civil strife is taking place in Indian Occupied Kashmir and Pakistani controlled Kashmir. Indian forces have killed over 60,000 Kashmiris since 1989. Probably the Indian journalist who was asking questions was planted by the government of India. India needs to wake up to realities on the ground.

Iftikhar Husain Aug 17, 2016 04:06pm

Mr Modi has failed to impressthe USA and the world.This is a total failure of foreign policy of India.

M. Siddique Aug 17, 2016 04:07pm

@Hum Hindustan. Why India does not want Kashmiris to decide what they want. Indian forces are killing Kashmiris everyday and you say Kashmiris want to be with India. I guess its time for you to drink coffee.

Houlbelat Aug 17, 2016 04:07pm

If Mr. Modi refuses to accept trouble in IHK being home-grown and tries making mischief in Baluchistan, KPK and Azad Kashmir, he must understand that he is playing with rapid action fire of enormous proportions. He must never think Pakistan its own home-ground.

Khanm Aug 17, 2016 04:08pm

Interesting comments..Kashmir is an emotional and ego issues...we will not secritics our ego for the sake of fellow human know why cos we not civilized as yet.we value land far more than human suffering..To be able to love and live in freedom/peace means to be able to make godly decisions. To make godly decisions we have to surrender our egos and all the falsity and shame that goes with it.

My 2 cents Aug 17, 2016 04:20pm

USA stance is what both countires agreed in Shimla accord in 1973 - to solve issue bilaterily. .

Ali Aug 17, 2016 04:20pm

@Maverik Still India and Modi is far more better then the counterparts China and Pakistan. You go and stay there then you will realize. Democracy with total freedom is no where found on the earth. there has to be some rules of the land which need to be followed by all that's what was not there in congress rule. India is the best of all -- it would have been better if was not ruled all these years by congress.

Houlbelat Aug 17, 2016 04:24pm

@Desi Dimag : Except Kashmiri youth!

Houlbelat Aug 17, 2016 04:25pm

@Ramsay Bolton: See what mahatma Gandhi said for such a situation!

Houlbelat Aug 17, 2016 04:26pm

@Desi Dimag : Reading your own mind in their straight-forward statement. Better see what was the approach of J.F. Kennedy when he called Ayub and Nehru to meet him.

Saad Razzaq Aug 17, 2016 04:26pm

@ Tota Ram Verma - this childish mentality is the core reason for violence in Kashmir. I think India should accept that Kashmiris heart is not with India and it should distance itself from them. Whether they join Pakistan or stay independent is their call but one thing is sure that they hate India from the bottom of their heart. I don't see any point of deploying million of troops to oppress the voice of Kashmir and calling it as integral part of India

Houlbelat Aug 17, 2016 04:29pm

@Vivek (Indore) : He says, there is no any interest of the US citizen in Kashmir.

inzy Aug 17, 2016 04:32pm

india is playing dirty games and time waiting for past 70 years, for god's sake wake up the world, see whats really happening in Kashmire. who are with the people and who are against the people of kashmire. India needs to wake up and have courage to discuss this on round table talks with Pakistan. No more time wasting please people are suffering by the day!

Naeem Aug 17, 2016 04:38pm

Now by hook or by crook Modi will change his aggressive and racist policy against Muslims of Kashmir

Parvez Aug 17, 2016 04:42pm

One should not listen to what is being should see what is being done.

Muhammad Aug 17, 2016 04:55pm

@Desi Dimag She categorically said that its upto India and Pakistan to resolve the dispute. She never said that AJK belongs to India. India should understand that she cant bank on US for any permanent freindship. They only support their agenda. Even now the only reason they are supporting india economically is to give competition to China. The day they feel that they dont need india anymore, they will distance themselves from her.

Muhammad Aug 17, 2016 04:57pm

@Tota Ram Verma so u r saying that US is india's enemy?! and if we go be ur definition then even India appears to be jaelous from Pakistan or atleast worried about its own situation in Kashmir thats why Modi talked abt AJK, GB and Balochistan. In reality he admitted that India is sponsoring seperationist movements in Balochistan.

Muhammad Aug 17, 2016 05:05pm

@Hum Hindustan LOL!The question was asked by an indian journalist in a hope that she will get a positive response from her US counterpart but to her disappointment she didn't get a favorable response. This also means that the world recognizes that AJK, Balochistan and GB are better off with pakistan and refused Modi's plea made to that world that it should look into these areas.

Gerry D'Cunha Aug 17, 2016 05:05pm

British and American diplomacy is to keep both sides happy but take actions secretly to whom they have in mind

Wajid Hussain Aug 17, 2016 05:07pm

Do you really think the US will support Indian stance on AJK Baluchistan. This is a slap on Modi GOV face by the US. The world has enough disputes to sort out already than create some more. BJP hasn't got a clue how to deal with the Kashmir issue and is adopting stupid policy's day by day.

Euro mohamed Aug 17, 2016 05:20pm

US or EU has no interest on this dispute or rivalary between Ind-Pak, they are interested only on business and welfare of their society! A

Free Kashmir Aug 17, 2016 05:33pm

The right to self determination is the only solution acceptable to Kashmiris. The struggle will continue until it reaches it's logical end. Free Kashmir.

Himanshu Aug 17, 2016 05:41pm

" US refuses to back Modi's claim ".... But Modi did n't asked US to back and Neither India .

hypocrite Aug 17, 2016 05:48pm

US playing clever, saying nothing and still saying something between the lines, leaving the wedge embedded between India and Pakistan. Policy of divide and rule.

Badalta aasman Aug 17, 2016 05:52pm

@Hitesh between the lines, if you can see it. They have neither supported India's claim, can you see.

N_Saq Aug 17, 2016 06:10pm

Again, this is just politics. An Indian journalist raising the Pak Azad Kashmir & Baluchistan issue to state dept official in a hope to divert world attention from the violence emanating from Indian held Kashmir (which like I said the world is beginning to take notice).

As I said before, Indian govt is desperate and is swinging its arms left and right in a hope to cling on to something in order to discourage the Indian sane voices from questioning Indian govt Kashmir policy.

First they tried to provoke Pak and now they are trying to force the world to accept their view by hoping that US will accept Indian view as right now India is been treated as a blue eyed boy by US to counter China. However, they fail to understand that in US policy there are some red lines that you cannot cross.

Indian govt is hoping to either scare or bewilder the sane Indian voices who are questioning as to why India wants to hold on to something that doesn't want to be with her. I hope saner voices prevail.

Sri Aug 17, 2016 06:35pm

@Hassan is there article 370 in Kashmir there??

Alam Aug 17, 2016 06:35pm

@Himanshu read the statement carefully. PM Modi has directed the ministry of Foreign Affairs to take up the issue internationally. Pakistan is happy that India itself wants to internalize Kashmir issue.

Salman Aug 17, 2016 06:40pm

It seems like Mr Modi is inspired by Donald trump because only the donald can manufacture baseless statements out of thin air.

Sorry donald you now have a competitor ....

Ghaznavi Aug 17, 2016 06:58pm

Indians are being misled on Azad Kashmir and the Northern areas. Sentiments against India are same all across the Kashmir. Indians need to realize the fact that the love affair that they are looking for is one sided and amounts to harassment. Kashmiris are out for liberty.

Agha Ata Aug 17, 2016 07:23pm

I am surprised that the UK has realized it now. It was Lord Mountbatten the last viceroy who created and accepted all this mess.

Ali Aug 17, 2016 08:15pm

United States as the leader of the Free World stands for human rights and freedom of all persecuted people. Under PM Modi, human rights of Muslims, Sikhs and Christians in India are being crushed. Indian security forces continue their orgy of rape, torture and brutal killings in Kashmir?

India and Pakistan are both nuclear-weapon states. Since they have failed to resolve Kashmir dispute peacefully, the world can't risk a nuclear conflagration which could kill tens of millions of people. Therefore, UN Security Council Kashmir Resolutions must be implemented forthwith.

United States must use its influence on both India and Pakistan, by demanding both countries to resolve this dispute. Pakistan welcomes any peace initiative. If PM Modi is sincere, he must allow US Congressional Human Rights team to visit Kashmir, which he denied earlier. World media must be allowed investigate independently.

anony Aug 17, 2016 08:41pm

Excellent reply by the US representatives to the cunning Indian journalists. They will not be bullied by India's false claims.

Zain Aug 17, 2016 08:54pm

This doesn't even make sense, what atrocities in Azad Kashmir is Modi referring to? UN is allowed to walk freely and media in Azad Kashmir. Can we say the same in Indian occupied Kashmir? NO!

Baluchistan is not an issue also. Only few people from 1-2 tribes have an issue. Majority of the tribes and regions in Baluchistan have no issues. Again UN is free to go in!

Lastly why is the issue of Baluchistan on Modis tongue? RAW agents caught from there is a proof Modi is involved in proxy issues in Baluchistan.

Anwar Sadiqque Aug 17, 2016 09:24pm

Would you get in the middle of two people fighting? Or would you stand on the side and urge calm? Personally Pakistan and India need to leave Kashmir and let it be truly Azad.

Ahsan Gul Aug 17, 2016 09:57pm

USA only sports its economics and geopolitical agenda. Geographic alliances are changing in Asia. Countries once enemies are becoming friends and allowing them to use their soil and airspace. So, Pakistan has to be very careful playing its part in this new game.

Zara Aug 17, 2016 10:48pm

It is an issue between India and Pakistan and it can only be resolved by cooperation and solid economic ties. We shouldn't be killing each other. We are culturally and ethnically the same. The sooner we get this into our heads and start working to build bridges we will find a way. Once borders are nothing but mere technicalities, everything will be fine. Divided we fall and we will be stronger together.

Zak Aug 17, 2016 11:39pm

The journalist also claimed that the people of Azad Kashmir were “all Indians,” and said to the State Department official that the “time has come now to speak out” for those people as they were not allowed to express their views.

Not content with spilling the blood of Kashmiris in IOK, Modi wants to kill kashmiris in Azad kashmir as well. UN plebiscite will be held in both parts of kashmir and kashmiris will decide, no one else.

Zak Aug 17, 2016 11:43pm

@DocOne they are putting pressure on Modi to negotiate a settlement while he has a chance, otherwise international community will get involved- UN plebiscite.

Dr. Salaria, Aamir Ahmad Aug 17, 2016 11:49pm

What else can they say?

Mohammad S. Khalid Aug 18, 2016 12:35am

USA toying with both; India and Pakistan

Syed Chishti Aug 18, 2016 01:01am

Great position from the US in coming out point blank on the Kashmir issue,“The United States continues to view the Kashmir issue as a dispute that needs to be settled by both India and Pakistan,says the US State Department, while distancing itself from India’s claims over Azad Kashmir."

US can be influential in bringing peace to the region of South Asia if it raises the issue of Kashmir-of United Nations Resolutions with its big 5 Security Council members in complete understanding that the Permanent 5 & other rotating members of Security Council are on the same page for solving the Kashmir issue.

When US says,“We’re aware of the clashes.We remain concerned about the violence,and we encourage all sides to make efforts to finding a peaceful resolution," so it will essentially stop the killings of innocent Kashmiri's in IHK, at the same time it will also influence improving war on terror."The pace,the scope,the character of any discussions on Kashmir is for the two sides to determine.”

Aftab Aug 18, 2016 01:23am

Nowhere US said we disagree and accept Kashmir as dispute. They ask for dialogue which is very much no game changer. I wish US should come with straight answer.

sajid Aug 18, 2016 01:56am

@DocOne USA have not changed is stance on kashmir . it's the same as it has always been. which is that kashmire does not belong to India and that this issue should be resolve peacefully by the 2 countries. it's a dispute. not once it has been mentioned by any country or accepted by any country that kashmir is part of India. face the facts the people of kashmir don't want to be Indians.

Shabbir Afridi Aug 18, 2016 06:11am

Give it up! Kashmir is drifting away, resistance if futile.

F.Shah Aug 18, 2016 06:13am

They did not back Pakistan either?

Deepak Aug 18, 2016 06:17am

Useless childish discussion people should know what diplomacy is

Sunny Aug 18, 2016 06:42am

Thanks US for supporting Pakistan's stance on Kashmir.

adil Aug 18, 2016 06:45am

US State department, Tonner also said this, check out the exact statement, "''It's important that Pakistan do the utmost to prevent terrorists from carrying out acts of terror- not just in Pakistan, but elsewhere in the region. So it's important that there's greater collaboration, greater dialogue. And we would encourage any effort in that regard.'' Enough said

F Aug 18, 2016 07:27am

@Zak I am living in kashmir, you are mistaken. All kashmir is burning, 7 youths were killed in 24 hours by indian forces and you are telling me only few places in kashmir. Please don't lie to the world. You can't hide the fact.

Manoj Sharma Aug 18, 2016 08:51am

She never supported Pakistan's stand , I think US only emphasized its the internal matter of India and PK.

Kabir Aug 18, 2016 11:08am

What did US official say for Pakistan to celebrate ? Is it me or every one else too fail to read the " REFUSAL" in the statement ?

KT Aug 18, 2016 11:12am

There should be one decider United Nations USA speaks in favor of both countries to safeguard its interests. If Kashmir issue is resolved who will buy outdated F16 while USA will use advanced F22 and radar non-detectable planes. Those planes which parts are to be scrapped are sold in millions. This is tax money which is paid for instead manufacture the latest !

harris Aug 18, 2016 11:54am

Modi can't change the reality and this day and age nothing is hidden whether in India or Pakistan... Indian economy can grow but maturity of mind set has a long way to go..

Arun-KS Aug 18, 2016 12:08pm

No one except India and Pakistan is going to solve Indo-Pak problems. Moreover US's statement is not against India and even if it is perceived so, we do not care US.

Bupi Aug 18, 2016 04:19pm

@Naxalite Dear mr Naxalite better be a part of Congress it will help you.

Amit Aug 18, 2016 04:23pm

and why would Mr Modi need American support for what he said. America is bothered about human rights and intervene in those countries only where is has some motives.

s.khan Aug 18, 2016 06:23pm

@Vivek (Indore) You have difficulty in understanding the obvious. US refused to blame Pakistan for violence in Indian occupied Kashmir as Modi govt persistently does and also rejected Modi's claim of Kashmir as part of India by describing it as "disputed territory". What more evidence you need for US position contradictory to Modi's?

Tom Aug 18, 2016 06:54pm

She didn't say anything about Modi's comments.

lafanga Aug 18, 2016 07:53pm

@Desi Dimag "It's clear now, no one is willing to interfere in Kashmir issue."

Which means India can continue it's brutal crackdown in Kashmir and trample their basic human rights.

Ayub Aug 18, 2016 07:54pm

It implies they would support military takeover provided they follow their directions.

Talha Aug 18, 2016 08:57pm

@Hitesh You need a eyes to read it, ear to hear it on tv and a mind to comprehend it. Sadly you don't seem to have any of the said qualities. USA REFUSED TO BACK MODI's STANCE ON KASHMIR !!

Indian Aug 18, 2016 08:57pm

We indians do not need to look up to USA for our actions/inactions.India has its own sovereign foreign policy to serve her interests.

Truthfulindian Aug 19, 2016 12:05am

Even American are telling us that 'kashmir is not integral part of India' and go solve it with Pakistan. UN team would only offer to come after clearance from US. Why our government does not sit with Pakistan and kashmiri and resolve it. Why wait till others do it for us. We don't have leaders with vision.

zak Aug 19, 2016 12:07am

@Talha they are too brain washed by their education system and media to comprehend the truth or simple facts. They are taught to live in denial.

Freda Shah Aug 19, 2016 05:18am

US has adopted a different stand on Kashmir from that contained in UN Resolutions. Kasmir issue is not a bilateral issue, it is an international issue. It seems that US has chosen to side India rather than do justice to the people of Kashmir.

AXH Aug 19, 2016 05:18am

@Ramsay Bolton - "They are neither supporting India nor Pakistan. They are least interested in this issue. They always distance themselves from this."

Well, if they speak the truth then Indian will not like it.

AXH Aug 19, 2016 05:20am

@Hitesh - "Where is the refusal???"

You clearly do not understand political statements.

AXH Aug 19, 2016 05:22am

@Desi Dimag - "It's clear now, no one is willing to interfere in Kashmir issue."

Times have changed now. In the past India always wanted no one to interfere in the Kashmir dispute. But now, it wants the world to interfere and take notice when the the struggle is heating up. You can't have it both ways Mr. Modi.

Freda Shah Aug 19, 2016 05:25am

@Bob This is not an Indian issue. It is an international issue concerning the right of the people of Kashmir to determine their own future statehood.

AXH Aug 19, 2016 05:28am

@SANDEEP - "US will not burn its fingers, their stand is neutral....better to be safe then sorry." It would not take a lot of time for the US to impact India's economy. It would actually be quite easy for the US to put restrictions on companies who are doing business with India. You see, people in the US are already fed up of losing their jobs to the Indian offshore companies in the name of cheap labor that has done nothing but destroyed the quality of products in the US.

vic Aug 19, 2016 06:09am

India doesn't need anyone's approval. We do what is right and truth!

Zubaida Khan Aug 19, 2016 08:06am

@Ramsay Bolton wrong. Modi Inc. Spent millions to woo America. Now instead of the US squarely supporting India it chooses to stay on the side of discussions.

Ask yourself if Indian claim is legit then what is there to discuss? You have to read between the lines.

Issak Aug 19, 2016 09:26am

There's no oil for American companies to grab in why bother?

zak Aug 19, 2016 10:30am

@Zak then you are not kashmiri. The freedom fire is burning in all of IOK.

zak Aug 19, 2016 10:34am

@F sorry, my mistake. I accept India is burning your beautiful land. You truly belong with pakistan and peace as in Azad Jammu and kashmir

zak Aug 19, 2016 10:37am

@Gerry D in this case they have in mind india.

zak Aug 19, 2016 10:43am

@amir_indian and Hilary Clinton top advisor and close confidant is of Pakistani origin. Don't make silly statements.

zak Aug 19, 2016 10:45am

@ sambathkumar no one cares what india thinks. They will be told to stop killing kashmiris and hold UN plebiscite.

Wajid Aug 19, 2016 11:04am

I find it hilarious! How in this age of globalisation, Indians are throwing dust in the eyes of the world! Pathetic

Sara Aug 19, 2016 11:39am

@Issak For Goras if there is oil or anything they can make money or grab money then they will take interest in Kashmir. Look at Iraq what has it turned into. The shock and awe is over now only misery and suffering has taken over Iraq. The Goras has freed the Iraqis. Would love the media to show the comments of Iraqi people as to how they feel.

Jam shed Aug 20, 2016 05:02am

@sanjeev mehta Don't fool your self and us. India does care a lot about how US thinks about this issue and many other issues between India and Pakistan such as terrorism. Most of anything like anti-Pakistan propaganda that comes out of India is for US ears and policy-maker consumption and that is where India and Indian spend most of their energies. We saw this in 2001-2002 standoff and what role US played to diffuse tension. To win max favor and build anti-Pakistan consensus in US (Congress etc;) has been the hallmark of India's foreign policy.

Jam shed Aug 20, 2016 05:17am

@kanwarch Pakistan's born US citizen traveling to India face no restrictions ( visiting number of cities etc, police report etc) but people at immigration at all Indian international airport get nervous, cocky (and aggressive) if you tell them that you intend to go to Kashmir. BTW no foreigner can travel these days to Kashmir (Srinagar or the valley)