UN says it will continue to monitor Kashmir situation

United Nations—The United Nations has said that it will continue to monitor the tense situation in occupied Kashmir once again asking Pakistan and India to work constructively to resolve the Kashmir dispute.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s Deputy Spokesman, Farhan Haq, during a briefing at the United Nations said, “The United Nations has repeatedly…put out the message to both sides (India and Pakistan) about the need for them to work constructively with each other on this issue.” He added that the World Body would continue to monitor the situation including through its monitoring group on the ground, the UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP).
The spokesman was responding to a question by a Pakistani journalist on the ongoing uprising in occupied Kashmir in the aftermath of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander, Burhan Wani.
When asked if rights are being violated by Indian forces, Haq alluded to the work of the World Body’s Human Rights Council.
Haq was also asked if the UN has any plans to ban the
use of pellet guns that have been used by Indian forces to quell protests in occupied Kashmir. The deputy spokesman said he has nothing to add except reiterating the UN’s stand on Kashmir.
The UN has expressed concern over the tense situation in Kashmir and Ban Ki-moon had last month called on all sides to exercise “maximum restraint to avoid further violence and hoped that all concerns would be addressed through peaceful means”.
The Secretary General’s spokesman had said that the UN chief was closely following the recent clashes in Kashmir and regretted the loss of dozens of lives and injuries to many others.

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