UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations has appealed to India and Pakistan to exercise “maximum restraint” among escalating tensions between the two countries along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed region of Kashmir.

“The UN Military spectator Group in India and Pakistan detected and reported an increase in military activity at the Line of Control in recent days,” a UN Secretary-General’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement e-mailed to APP UN correspondent in response to a demand.

Then the statement added “The United Nations appeals to both sides to exercise maximum restraint to ensure that the situation does not further deteriorate.”

UNMOGIP was positioned in January 1949 to supervise the ceasefire between India and Pakistan in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. While Pakistan permits UN observers to monitor the LoC, India does not.

The Rawalpindi’s based group is composed of 44 military observers, supported by 25 international civilian recruits and 47 local civilian staff.

The Indian authorities placed big parts of the disputed region under lockdown early Monday, although the government sent in tens of thousands of additional troops.

An AFP reporter said “Communications were cut, with private mobile networks, internet services and telephone landlines cut.”

Before the network disruptions, senior former and current Kashmiri political leaders tweeted that they had been put under house arrest.

“As per the command, there shall be no movement of public and all educational institutions shall also remain shutting,” the state government ordered for Srinagar and surrounding areas in a statement obtained by AFP.

“There will be a whole bar on holding any kind of public meetings or rallies during the era of operation of this order.” 

The Prime Minister of Pakistan Imran Khan condemned India’s use of cluster munitions on civilian people living close to LoC and called on the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) to take note of the “international threat to peace and security.”

“I condemn India’s attack across LoC on innocent civilians and its use of cluster munitions in violation of international humanitarian law and its own commitments under the 1983 Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons,” the Pakistani leading personal said via Twitter. “UNSC must take note of this international threat to peace and security.”

“It is time to end the long night of grieving for the people of occupied Kashmir. They must be allowed to exercise their right to self-determination according to UNSC resolutions. The only road to peace and security in South Asia runs through a peaceful and just settlement of Kashmir,” the Prime Minister Khan added.

 

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