US presses Pakistan, India to resolve issues through diplomacy

WASHINGTON: United States (US) on Friday pressed Pakistan and India to find a solution to all outstanding issues through diplomacy, and not violence, according to a spokesman for the White House.

Josh Earnest, spokesman for the White House, said there has been important advancements toward resolution of issues between the two countries over the past few years and it is hoped that they would continue it to bring stability to the region.

Refraining from directly condemning the Uri attack, the spokesman however said the US denounces terrorism, wherever it takes place in the world.

Asked about any contact made with New Delhi or Islamabad following the Indian allegations after the attack, Earnest said this was something the State Department could better explain.

Of late, tensions soared high between the two nuclear-armed adversaries in South Asia over the disputed Kashmir region, as over 100 innocent Kashmiris have been martyred at the hands of Indian forces.

The incidents of violence, which took place as the Indian forces used brute force to subdue pro-independence protests erupting after the killing of Kashmiri youth leader Burhan Wani over two months ago, have left thousands of citizens wounded in the Indian-occupied Kashmir (IoK).

Amid the turmoil, the use of pellet guns by occupying forces to quell protests has caused nearly a thousand Kashmiri people, including women and children, to lose their eyesight.

Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, in his address with the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 21, pressed the world fraternity to help put an end to violence and worst human rights abuses in the occupied Himalayan territory. He demanded a UN fact-finding mission be sent to IoK to take stock of extra-judicial killings.

Meanwhile, India alleged Pakistan of an attack on Indian army’s brigade headquarters in Uri, IoK, close to the Line of Control. The attack, the details of which still remain unclear, had left 17 Indian soldiers dead on September 18.

Indian authorities acted hastily accusing Pakistan while the initial probe into the incident was also not initiated.

Pakistan, on the other hand, categorically stated that it would fully support an international probe into Uri attack and that the blame-game was not going to work.

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