TEHRAN: Iran’s supreme leader Ayatollah Seyyed Ali Khamenei has expressed concern about tensions in Kashmir, urging India to “prevent oppression and bullying of Muslims” in the Indian-occupied Himalayan region.
““We maintain good relations with the Indian government, but the Indian government is expected to adopt a fair policy toward the decent people of Kashmir so that the Muslim people of the region are not put under pressure,” Ayatollah Khamenei said in a meeting with Iranian president Hassan Rouhani and his cabinet members in Tehran on Wednesday.
The leader described the current situation in Kashmir and the dispute between India and Pakistan over the region as the ensuing result of Britain’s “malicious measures” when it departed the Indian subcontinent.
“To prolong the conflict in Kashmir, the British intentionally left this wound [open] in the region,” the Leader said.
Kashmir has been placed under a lockdown ever since Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government revoked the Indian-region region’s special status.