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Pak approaches UN, says tension along LoC is 'deliberate attempt' by India to divert attention from Kashmir

'Situation Along The Line Of Control Posed A Grave Threat To International Peace And Security,' Says Pakistan's Ambassador To The UN Maleeha Lodhi In A Meeting At UN

PTI | Updated on: 24 Nov 2016, 03:03:02 PM
Pak now knocks UN door, says tension along LoC is 'deliberate attempt' by India to 'divert attention from Kashmir'

New York:

Alarmed by the escalation of tension with India along the Line of Control (LoC), Pakistan on Thursday asked the UN to act before the situation snowballs into a "full-fledged crisis".

Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi  met the Deputy UN Secretary General Jan Eliasson and the Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary General Edmond Mulet during which she alleged that the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) posed a "grave threat to international peace and security".

Lodhi, according to a statement issued by the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the UN, in her meeting with UN officials alleged that escalating tensions on the LoC "was a deliberate attempt" by India to "divert the attention of the international community from the gross human right violations being committed" by it in Kashmir.

Alleging that the attack on an ambulance trying to evacuate the injured was a particularly "abhorrent act" that was a breach of the most fundamental legal and humanitarian laws, Lodhi urged the UN to act before the escalating tensions snowball into a full-fledged crisis. The UN Department of Peace Keeping Operations wasseparately asked to mobilise United Nations Military ObserverGroup in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to effectively monitorthe LoC and the Working Boundary as a step to help deescalate tensions between India and Pakistan, a statement said.

Pakistan Army on Wednesday said seven persons, including three of its soldiers, were killed in an exchange of fire with Indian troops on the LoC. The clash occurred a day after India warned of retribution after losing three soldiers in Pakistan firing and afterPakistan yesterday rejected as "false" and "baseless" the charges that the body of an Indian soldier was mutilated byPakistani soldiers in a cross LoC-attack.

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First Published : 24 Nov 2016, 12:49:00 PM