The UN today 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
Bar Association Protests Against Civilian Killings, Pellet Terror
Dozens of lawyers assocaited with High Court Bar Association on Tuesday staged a protest against the civilian killings and continuous use of pellet guns on protesters in Srinagar.
The lawyers assembled in the lawns of High court complex and then proceeded towards the main road. The protesting lawyers were demanding the ban on use of pellets.
They urged the International Community to play its role in the halt of the use of lethal weapons against innocent Kashmiris.
President of Bar Association Advocate Mian Abdul Qayoom addressed the participants of the rally. He criticized India for allowing the use of pellets, which are blinding the civilian protestors. He said that the killings should stop.
Curfew, Restrictions Continue In Kashmir Valley
Authorities on Tuesday continued curfew and restrictions as Kashmir remains shut for the 25th consecutive day.
Police said the curfew would continue in some areas of south Kashmir while restrictions under section 144 of the CrPc (Criminal Procedure Code) will remain in force in Srinagar city and other districts.
Train services, educational institutions, banks, post offices and government offices except essential services like health, water supply, electricity, food supplies, police and fire services are shut here for the last 24 days.
Officially imposed curfew and protest shutdown called by the Unified Resistance leadership through weekly protest calendars have crippled life in Kashmir since 9 July , a day after Hizbul commander, Burhan Wani’s death in a gunfight.
(With Inputs from IANS)
Education Ministers House Attacked
Education Minister Naeem Akhters house at Parraypora Srinagar was attacked with petrol bombs last night, Sources said.
They said that two bombs were thrown at house last night. One fell in the compund and one outside. “There was no loss of life or injury as no one lives in the house” sources said. The Minister was not present in the house as he currentlylives in an official bungalow in the high security Gupkar Road. The attack is first of its kind on the house of a minister.
Burhans killing not an accident: BJP MP
BJP Member Parliament Jugal Kishore Sharma on Tuesday said that Hizbul-Mujahideen commander Burhan was a militant and he died in an encounter.
Burhan was a militant and he died in an encounter. I don’t treat it as an accident,” said Sharma
He thus contradicted senior BJP leader and Deputy Chief Minister Dr Nirmal Singhs statement that killing of Burhan Wani at Kokernag in south Kashmir was an accident
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