UN Secretary General urges end to violence in Kashmir

UNITED NATIONS, Sept 21 (APP): UN Secretary General Ban ki-Moon Tuesday called for an immediate end to violence in the occupied Kashmir, where more than one hundred stone-throwing protestors have been killed in retaliatory firing by Indian security forces in recent days.“The Secretary General regrets the latest loss of life,” his spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters at the daily briefing.“He (Ban) callls for an immediate end to violence,” the spokesman added in response to a question about deteriorating situation in Kashmir, which has been wracked by pro-freedom demonstrations. New Delhi has reacted by clamping a 24-hour curfew across the Kashmir valley. The security forces resort to use of indiscrimate force has drawn condemnation from several quarters including the Organization of Islamic Conference and neighbouring Pakistan.

Ban urged “calm and restraint by all concerned” and continues to follow the situation closely.
Kashmir is a disputed territory as declared by the relevant UN Security Council resolutions and the people of the region say they must get their promised rights – APP