India objects to US Envoy’s visit to Pakistan occupied Kashmir

In a press release about the visit from October 2-5, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said it aimed to “promote U.S.-Pakistan partnership and highlight the two countries’ deep economic, cultural, and people-to-people ties”, detailing the U.S. projects and investments in the area.

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The American ambassador to Pakistan recently visited Pakistan-occupied Kashmir (PoK), which India disapproves of, the Ministry of External Affairs said on October 7.

Speaking in response to Ambassador Donald Blome’s visit to Muzaffarabad and other locations across the Line of Control (LoC) that India recognises as its territory, the U.S. referred to as “AJK” (Azaad or “Free” Jammu Kashmir), MEA spokesperson Arindam Bagchi said that India had objected to both the visit and the meetings Mr. Blome held there.

In a press release about the visit from October 2-5, the U.S. Embassy in Islamabad said it aimed to “promote U.S.-Pakistan partnership and highlight the two countries’ deep economic, cultural, and people-to-people ties”, detailing the U.S. projects and investments in the area.

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“Our objection to the visit and meetings in PoJK (Pakistan Occupied Jammu Kashmir) by the U.S. Ambassador in Pakistan has been conveyed to the U.S. side,” Mr Bagchi stated in response to a question by The Hindu, but did not give details of the objection or how it was conveyed.

Since January 2021, when Kenneth Juster, a nominee for the Trump administration, resigned from his position following the U.S. election for a new administration, there has not been an American ambassador appointed to New Delhi. The confirmation of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, a Biden nominee, has encountered significant problems. It is unknown whether these problems will be resolved before the U.S. midterm elections in November, which might further delay the process.