UN will continue to monitor Kashmir situation: Ban’s office

United Nations: The UN on Tuesday said it will continue to monitor the tense situation in Kashmir even as the world body again called on both India and Pakistan to “work constructively” to resolve the issue.

“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. And we will continue to monitor the situation including, of course, through our monitoring group on the ground, the UN Military Observers Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP),” UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon’s deputy spokesman Farhan Haq said here.

He was responding to a question by a Pakistani journalist on the ongoing unrest in Kashmir in the aftermath of the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani.

When asked if UN 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 security forces to quell protests in 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 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”.

Ban’s spokesman had said the UN chief was closely following the recent clashes in Kashmir and “regrets” the loss of dozens of lives and injuries to many others.

2 Responses to "UN will continue to monitor Kashmir situation: Ban’s office"

  1. Sajad Malik   August 3, 2016 at 10:03 am

    The UN is such a meek and feeble body that it does not even have the guts to lodge a formal complaint to Indian authorities for quelling the march of Kashmiris to it UNMOGIP office at Srinagar.
    If one agrees to the fact that it cannot force the two embattled, foolhardy nations [India and Pakistan] to resolve the issue, why can’t the secretary General atleast protest against India for not allowing Kashmris to present even a memorandum.
    If Mr. Haq and Mr. Moon is “continuing to monitor” the situation in Indian occupied Kashmir, why aren’t its monitoring agencies [its tiring filipino and indonesian policemen] tell ’em how the protesting crowd is quelled in Srinagar, Kashmir?

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  2. Cecile Goldthorn   August 3, 2016 at 11:12 am

    For the Secretary General, Ban Ki-moon, to issue the statement that the UN is continuing to “monitor” the situation in Kashmir and urging Pakistan and India to jointly come to an agreement is tantamount to his saying absolutely nothing. Why is India a hands off subject when it comes to saving lives of Kashmiri youth and quelling the atrocities created by violence? What has been and still still is happening in Kashmir is first of all a Human Rights Violation and second, NOT a Paskistani and Indian problem. If Pakistan were located on the other side of the planet, India would still be a warring faction in Kashmir! This is not something new and the world needs to know the history of this conflict before agreeing with India! And, may I ask, where are the UN peace keeping troops?

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