NEW YORK (our correspondent):- The UN Chief Antonio Guterres has expressed concern over the situation in occupied Kashmir and appealed for restraint.
Spokesperson for the Secretary General, Stephane Dujarric issued a statement on Thursday. He said that UN Chief has concern on the situation of occupied Kashmir. He made an appeal to restraint to minimize the tension.
The spokesman said the Secretary General called on all parties to refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir.
Dujarric reiterated the position of UN in Kashmir. He said that Kashmir was governed by the Charter of the United Nations. He further said that resolutions of the Security Council are applicable on Kashmir issue.
According to the resolutions, Jammu Kashmir is a disputed area. Pakistan and India are party of the dispute. The resolutions give the right to the people to decide about thier future through plebiscite. People will decide whether they want to live with Pakistan or India.
The Spokesperson said the Secretary-General is also concerned over reports of restrictions in occupied Kashmir. This situation could exacerbate the human rights situation in the region.
He said the Secretary-General also recalled the 1972 Shimla Agreement on bilateral relations between India and Pakistan.
Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi met with foreign diplomats in Islamabad. He informed about tensions between India and Pakistan over the human rights violations in occupied Kashmir.
On Wednesday, Pakistan had expelled Indian High Commissioner Ajay Bisaria. The country also announced to suspend bilateral trade with its nuclear-armed neighbour.
Qureshi also said that the govt will call back its Ambassador from Delhi and send back their” envoy, FM Qureshi had said.