United States’ neutral stance on Kashmir

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As Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif embarks on a journey to the US for the annual United Nations General Assembly session, Kashmir issue is all set to be the focal point of his speech. On the other hand, India is all set to counter Pakistan’s stance by raising the Balochistan issue. Amid all this, the United States has made it clear that it will not back either side. The State Department spokesperson John Kirby said that nothing is changed about their view that they want to see India and Pakistan work this out bilaterally. The US was one of the co-sponsors of the United Nations Security Council Resolution 47 that calls for “a free and impartial plebiscite” in Jammu and Kashmir on the question of its accession to India or Pakistan. But since then it has slightly changed its position, and for the past several decades calls for bilateral talks between the two countries for resolving this dispute.