A high-level parliamentary delegation from the US visited Ghulam Kashmir on Sunday to ascertain the situation at the grassroots and the sentiments of the people after India abolished Article 370.

The US delegation included Senator Chris Van Hollen and Maggie Hassan as well as US Deputy Ambassador Pal Jones. He visited PoK’s capital, Muzaffarabad. The Pakistani Foreign Office said the visit’s intention was to see the ground situation and understand the public feelings following India’s decision on August 5.

On 5 August, by canceling most of the clauses of Article 370 from Jammu and Kashmir, the Government of India decided to divide the state into two union territories. Pakistan rejects India’s decision and seeks to raise the issue internationally.

On August 5, the Indian government had agreed to revoke most of the provisions of Article 370 granting Jammu and Kashmir special status and divide the state into two territories of the union, after which normal life in Kashmir was affected. Pakistan rejects India’s decision and seeks to raise the issue internationally.

The State Department reported that the US senator said he shared human rights concerns and would continue to request India to lift the curfew and release all prisoners as a first step in this direction. He has expressed his intention to stay active in this dispute resolution. The delegation also met Sardar Masood Khan, the leader of Pak Occupied Kashmir and King Farooq Haider.

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