UN chief gives peace call to India, Pakistan

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United Nations—Amid escalation in Indian troops’ bombardment across the Line of Control in Occupied Kashmir, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has voiced deep concern over the worsening situation in the disputed region, and urged India and Pakistan to work towards sustainable peace.
“The Secretary-General is deeply concerned about the deterioration of the situation along the LoC in Occupied Kashmir in recent days,” a statement issued by his spokesman said late Thursday night.
The statement came a day after Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, raised with top UN officials the latest round of Indian attacks along the LoC that led to the martyrdom of several Pakistani troops and civilians.
The UN chief called on all involved to “prioritize” the restoration of calm and stability in order to prevent any further escalation and loss of life.
“The Secretary-General trusts that the Republic of India and Islamic Republic of Pakistan can find common ground and work towards a sustainable peace,” the UN statement said.
“The United Nations stands by the people of the region and supports all efforts to reach durable peace and security,” it added.
A press release issued on Wednesday by the Pakistan Mission to the UN said that during her meeting with the Deputy Secretary-General, Jan Eliasson, and Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary General, Edmond Mulet , Ambassador Lodhi also drew their attention to “abhorrent act” by Indian troops of targeting a civilian passenger bus and an ambulance trying to evacuate the injured.
She said that this attack, which led to the martyrdom of nine innocent people and severe injuries to nine others, was a breach of the most fundamental legal and humanitarian laws.—APP