US expresses concern over Kashmir violence and rising intolerance in India

US state Department said all sides involved in Kashmir should make efforts to find a peaceful solution to the problem

The US has expressed concern over the violence in Kashmir and called on “all sides” to make efforts to find a peaceful solution to the issue as it wants to see the tensions de-escalated.

But the State Department spokesman did not elaborate on who all are involved in Kashmir issue.

“We encourage all sides to make efforts to find a peaceful solution to this,” State Department Spokesman John Kirby told reporters when asked about the ongoing violence in Kashmir.

“We have obviously seen reports of the clashes between protesters and Indian forces in Kashmir. And we’re, of course, concerned by the violence, as you might expect we would be,” he said.

He  said the US was in close touch with the Indian government over the issue.

“But we’re obviously concerned by the violence and we want to see the tensions de-escalated,” Kirby said.

Protests broke out across Kashmir Valley on July 9, a day after Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani was killed in an encounter with Indian security forces.

Responding to questions on reports of ┬áviolence against people eating beef and assault on two Muslim women carrying buffalo meat in Madhya Pradesh,John Kirby said, “We stand in solidarity with the people and Government of India in supporting exercise of freedom of religion and expression and in confronting all forms of intolerance.”

“We’re obviously concerned by reports of rising intolerance and violence…As we do in countries facing such problems around the world, we urge the government to do everything in its power to protect citizens and to hold the perpetrators accountable”

Recently in different parts of the country the cow vigilantist groups have carried out attack against Dalits and Muslims which have triggered a huge criticism from different political parties. Opposition parties allege the cow vigilantist groups are supported by RSS and BJP.