U.S seeking balancing act in South Asia over Kashmir: Report

The U.S is seeking a balancing act in South Asia after India revoked the special status of Jammu and Kashmir and divided it into two Union Territories, according to a congressional report which said President Donald Trump's offer to "mediate" on the issue may have contributed to the timing of New Delhi's moves.

According to the latest Congressional Research Service (CRS) report which runs into over 15 pages the longstanding U.S position on Kashmir is that the territory's status should be settled through negotiations between India and Pakistan while taking into consideration the wishes of the Kashmiri people.

"The United States seeks to balance pursuit of a broad U.S-India partnership while upholding human rights protections, as well as maintaining cooperative relations with Pakistan," the report said.

The Trump administration has called for peace and respect for human rights in the region. With key U.S diplomatic posts vacant, some observers worry that the U.S capacity is thin, and the U.S president Trump's July offer to "mediate" on Kashmir may have contributed to the timing of New Delhi's moves, it said.

The CRS reports are not considered as an official position of the U.S Congress.

Notably the CRS has come out with a report on Kashmir after 17 years, reflecting the interest among lawmakers about the issue after the recent development.

"India's August actions sparked international controversy as 'unilateral' changes of J&K's status that could harm regional stability," CRS said.