UNITED NATIONS: The United Nations (UN) has urged India and Pakistan to “train most restraint” amid escalating tensions between the 2 nations alongside the Line of Control (LoC).
“The UN Army Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) noticed and reported a rise in army exercise on the Line of Management in latest days,” UN Secretary-Normal’s Spokesman Stephane Dujarric mentioned in a written response to an APP inquiry.
“The United Nations appeals to each side to train most restraint to make sure that the scenario doesn’t additional deteriorate,” he mentioned.
The UNMOGIP was deployed in January 1949 to oversee the ceasefire between India and Pakistan within the disputed State of Jammu and Kashmir.
Pakistan permits UN observers to observe the LoC however India doesn’t.
The group, based mostly in Rawalpindi, consists of 44 army observers, supported by 25 worldwide civilian personnel and 47 native civilian workers.
The UN’s recommendation for warning comes as authorities in occupied Kashmir positioned massive components of the disputed area beneath lockdown early Monday, whereas India despatched in tens of 1000’s of extra troops and traded accusations of clashes with Pakistan alongside LoC.
Communications had been minimize, with personal cellular networks, web companies and phone landlines minimize, an AFP reporter mentioned.
Earlier than the community disruptions, senior former and present Kashmiri political leaders tweeted that they’d been put beneath home arrest.
The newest tensions began within the final 10 days after New Delhi deployed at the least 10,000 troops. A safety supply advised AFP an additional 70,000 had been deployed, which is believed to be an unprecedented stage.
The federal government has launched different safety measures over terror risk claims – together with a name to top off meals and gasoline.
The measures have sparked rising panic amongst residents, who shaped lengthy queues exterior petrol stations, meals shops and money machines.
A heavy presence of troops was seen in components of Srinagar as gunshots sounded, though the streets remained empty, native residents advised AFP.