The United States White House spokesperson, Josh Earnest on Friday said that Pakistan and India should resolve all disputed issues, including Kashmir, through diplomacy and not violence.
“We have long urged India and Pakistan to find ways to resolve their differences not through violence but through diplomacy,” said Josh Earnest.
Earnest’s comments came in response to a question on simmering of relations between the two south Asian nuclear-armed neighbours in the wake of a separatist attack on an Indian army camp in occupied Kashmir.
The White House spokesperson lauded the significant advances made by the arch-rivals in the pursuit of a diplomatic resolution of the longstanding disputes and hoped that Islamabad and New Delhi will be able to bring peace and stability in the region.
The spokesperson refrained from specifically condemning the Uri attack, he, however, said the US strongly condemns acts of terrorism around the world.
The remarks come just two days after Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif demanded an independent inquiry and a United Nations fact-finding mission to investigate extra-judicial killings and brutalities perpetrated by security forces in Indian occupied Kashmir (IOK) to punish those found guilty. Around 100 people have been killed and thousands injured in violent protests triggered by the killing of a young popular freedom fighter Burhan Wani by Indian security forces in the disputed Himalayan valley on July 8.
Apparently referring to the spike of tensions between Pakistan and India following a recent attack on Indian troops in the Uri sector of IOK, Premier Sharif warned the international community against ignoring the dangers of Indo-Pakistan tensions. He said Pakistan will soon open consultations with the members of 15-nation council to explore modalities for implementation of the Security Council resolutions on Kashmir.
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