“We do have concerns about the human rights situation there (PoK), have reported it for several years in our Human Rights report,” State Department Deputy Spokesman Mark Toner told reporters at his daily news conference.
“We are always urging all parties in Pakistan to work out their differences peacefully and through a valid political process,” he said.
Earlier this month, protesters took to streets in the Gilgit-Baltistan region against human rights abuses and brutality by the Pakistani security forces.
Protest in the Gilgit-Baltistan region against human rights abuses
In his Independence Day speech this year, PM Modi had raised issues of Pak-occupied Kashmir and Gilgit, and criticised the country for supporting cross-border terrorism and praising terrorists who kill innocent people on Indian soil in the Kashmir Valley and elsewhere.