US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has renewed his concern over the deteriorating situation in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IlOJK), saying restrictions on dissent, such as preventing peaceful protests or shutting or slowing down the internet, weaken democracy. In an online meeting with American-Pakistani Political Action Committee (APPAC) head Dr Ijaz Ahmad and prominent members of the Muslim community, the former vice-president called on the Modi-led government to take all necessary steps to restore rights for all the people of the occupied valley. India scrapped the special status of Jammu and Kashmir under Article 370 of its constitution on August 5 last year in violation of UN Security Council resolutions and international law, bifurcating the disputed territory into two Union territories – Ladakh, and Jammu and Kashmir. Dr Ahmad assured Biden of the Muslim community’s full support as he faces President Donald Trump in the November presidential elections, lauding his commitment to bring America back to its values. Biden assured that he would give an enhance role to the Muslim community in his administration and address their concern and needs. “Never before we have so many Muslims in position of influence in a presidential campaign,” he added. “A hadith from the Holy Prophet Muhammad (Peace be upon him) instructs, ‘Whomever among you sees a wrong, let him change it with his hand’,” Biden quoted. “‘If he is not able, then with his tongue. If he is not able, then with his heart.'” Meanwhile, “Muslims for Biden” announced that they have raised $1.3 million in a virtual fundraiser with the former vice president. On its part, APPAC has already donated $320,000 that includes a personal contribution of $120,000 by Dr Ijaz Ahmad, who heads the group.