November 2016 News

LoC Firing: Pak Rushes To UN, Warns India

24 November 2016

New York: Alarmed by the escalation of tension with India along the LoC, Pakistan today asked the UN to act before the situation snowballs into a 'full-fledged crisis'. Pakistan's Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi met Deputy UN Secretary General Jan Eliasson and the Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary General Edmond Mulet and alleged that the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) posed a 'grave threat to international peace and security'. Lodhi, according to a statement issued by the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the UN, alleged that escalating tensions on the LoC 'was a deliberate attempt' by India to 'divert the attention of the international community from the gross human right violations being committed' by it in Kashmir. Alleging that the attack on an ambulance trying to evacuate the injured was a particularly 'abhorrent act' that was a breach of the most fundamental legal and humanitarian laws, Lodhi urged the UN to act before the escalating tensions snowballed into a full-fledged crisis. The UN Department of Peace Keeping Operations was separately asked to mobilise United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to effectively monitor the LoC and the Working Boundary as a step to help deescalate tensions between the two.