US Senator Denied Permission to Visit Kashmir, says Transparency Crucial

United States Senator from the Democratic Party has claimed that the Indian authorities denied him permission to visit Kashmir when he expressed his willingness to visit Srinagar to assess the situation on the ground.

US Senator Chris Van Hollen said he wanted to visit Kashmir to see what was happening in the Valley, but was not given the nod by the Indian government.

US Senator Hollen told The Indian Express in an interview that the Indian government told him that it was not the appropriate time to visit Kashmir.

“My personal view is that if you have nothing to hide, there is nothing to fear by allowing visitors to the state,” he was quoted .

He was also quoted as saying by The Washington Post that “as the world’s two largest democracies, India and the United States talk a lot about shared values and this was the moment where transparency was important”.

The Indian authorities, meanwhile, has not made a comment in connection with Hollen’s claims.

Earlier, United States Senate Committee on Foreign Relations had taken a step against India in connection to Kashmir when an amendment to an appropriation bill which mentioned restrictions in Kashmir was proposed.

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