UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said that he is ready to “facilitate dialogue” between India and Pakistan over Kashmir.
Reacting to a letter Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif sent to the UN chief, Ban wrote in reply that he “deplores” the deaths in the ongoing unrest in Jammu and Kashmir.
“I deplore the loss of life and hope that all efforts will be made to avoid further violence,” the UN Secretary-General wrote.
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According to news agency IANS, Ban praised the “continued commitment of Pakistan to the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute” in his letter. He expressed hope that a negotiated settlement can be achieved on issues between India and Pakistan including Kashmir. “The United Nations remains convinced that it is only through dialogue that the outstanding issues between Pakistan and India, including on Kashmir, can be addressed.” Meanwhile, Pakistani news outlet Radio Pakistan reports
that Norway too has offered to mediate between India and Pakistan following delegation level talks between Norwegian Foreign Minister Borge Brende and Pakistan Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz.
The Norwegian FM reportedly termed the Kashmir situation as “very delicate”.
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India has provided evidence that Pakistan has been sponsoring terrorist activities against India. But Islamabad continues to accuse India in matters related to Kashmir on the international stage. Sharif, in a letter written on August 5, had told the UN chief that the situation in Kashmir was “deteriorating”. He accused India of violating human rights and called for the UN-monitored plebiscite in the Valley. It is to be noted here that the unrest in Kashmir began after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen terrorist Burhan Wani on July 8, who Pakistan hailed as a martyr.
Kashmiris protest against India with Pakistani flags in the background during the unrest. AP Photo/Mukhtar Khan
Islamabad observed a ‘black day’ to honour Wani and express support to forces fighting India, including terrorist groups such as HM. The subsequent protests have left 67 dead in the Valley besides injuring over a thousand on either side – protestors and security forces.
Terrorist infiltration from across the border significantly increased ever since the unrest started.
Two such incidents happened on August 15, India’s 70th Independence Day. In one of those incidents, a CRPF officer was martyred. “During these days there have been attempts from Pakistan to facilitate more infiltration as they think we are busy internally. But you all know how many encounters took place with militants (during these days) and many more were pushed back (across the LoC),” said Lieutenant General Satish Dua, General Officer Commanding (GOC) of the Army’s Chinar Corps.