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UN expresses concern over increasing tensions between Pakistan, India

NEW YORK: The United Nations has expressed concern over  escalating tensions between India and Pakistan along the Line of Control (LoC), following unprovoked Indian firing which claimed at least two of civilians on Thursday.

“The situation (in Kashmir) continues to be of concern to us,” UN Secretary-General Antonio Guetteres’ spokesperson said in response to a question by a Pakistani journalist at the regular noon briefing.

“The secretary-general is monitoring the situation … he is watching,” spokesperson Stephane Dujarric added.

Pakistan summoned Deputy Indian High Commissioner to foreign office yesterday and protested against India’s firing, urging the New Delhi government to respect the 2003 ceasefire.

At least two people killed and six others, including four women, were injured by India’s unprovoked firing along the LoC yesterday. According to Rawalakot Deputy Commissioner Tahir Mumtaz, Indian troops violated truce along the LoC while targeting civilian areas of Battal, Jandrot and Mandhol in Rawalakot district of Azad Jammu Kashmir (AJK) on Thursday morning.

Besides the world body, the recent unstable situation has concerned the politicians as well. Member Kashmir Council and Pakistan Peoples Party (PPP) leader Younas Mir condemned the Indian forces attack, saying “global human rights organisations should take notice of the continuous ceasefire violation and the martyrdom of innocent people of AJK”.



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