Occupied Kashmir violence: U.N response surfaces
NEW YORK – UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres has voiced serious concern over the fresh spree of violence in Indian occupied Kashmir, that left over one and a half dozen Kashmiris dead, calling for an investigation.
Answering queries by newsmen during the regular briefing in New York, secretary-general’s spokesman, Stephane Dujarric said the UN chief was concerned about the situation in Jammu and Kashmir.
The UN Chief reminded that member states were responsible under the international humanitarian law to protect the civilians.
He asserted that it was basic principle to investigate escalating violence and protect civilians wherever they were, whether in Gaza, Jammu and Kashmir, or Yemen.
The Secretary-General reiterated his call on member states to find ways to address disputes in a peaceful manner.
At least 20 people lost their lives and 200 injured in Indian-administered Kashmir after fierce clashes between rebels and government forces on Sunday.
Moreover, at least 25 civilians suffered pellet wounds, while six others were being treated for bullet injuries, according to police. Locals, however, said that the number of those hurt was much higher.
Armed police and paramilitary soldiers in riot gear fanned out across the region Monday and are patrolling streets in anticipation of anti-India protests and clashes.