Antonio Guterres proposes to broker peace as Islamabad and New Dehli clash post the lethal Kashmir attack.
The United Nations chief has asked both Pakistan and India to take instant steps to resolve tensions in the wake of the nastiest out break on the security forces in years in Indian-administered Kashmir.
Antonio Guterres, the UN Secretary-General has offered to broker peace as the two South Asian neighbors have been caught up in a political clash following a suicide attack on February 14 in Indian-administered Kashmir that murdered 42 Indian paramilitary personnel.
Promising a “strong response”, the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi provided a “free hand” to the army to penalize those behind the deadly attack in Pulwama district, claimed to be carried out by the extremist Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) armed group.
Nine people, containing four Indian security forces, were further killed in a gun battle, a day after the Pulwama attack occurred. As per what India has maintained, three suspected rebels behind the attack were also among the dead.
We are deeply concerned at the increasing tensions between the two countries,” UN spokesman Stephane Dujarric has stated post the incident.
Guterres “stresses the importance of both sides to exercise maximum restraint and take immediate steps” to de-escalate, while also offering to mediate “should both sides ask”, said Dujarric.
Maleeha Lodhi, the Pakistani representative to the UN, mentioned, “The situation between Pakistan and India is deteriorating.”
“We see an escalation in rhetoric from the Indian side, a spate of threatening statements by Indian leaders… The situation is very fraught,” Lodhi has said.
With UN’s interference and orders to resolve the tensions, the hope is that no further damage occurs to both the countries and especially to the people of Kashmir that face all the adversities when such incidents occur.
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24 July, 2019