UN must act as mediator between India, Pakistan: Maleeha Lodhi

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Pakistan, tense over increase in hostilities with India, on November 24 urged the United Nations to act as mediator between the two countries before the situation snowballs into a “full-fledged crisis”.

After calling on Deputy UN Secretary General Jan Eliasson and the Chef de Cabinet of Secretary General Edmond Mulet, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi alleged the situation along the LoC has gotten out of hand and threatened international peace.

Lodhi, as per reports, also alleged that by rising tensions, India was apparently trying to “divert global attention from human right violations in J&K”.

She said that the UN Department of Peace Keeping Operations was asked to generate United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan to monitor the LoC, as a step to help de-escalate tensions between the two countries.

Seven persons, including three of its soldiers, were killed in an exchange of fire with Indian troops on the LoC, said Pakistan Army.

Meanwhile, Pakistan PM Nawaz Sharif, dismissing India’s charge of repeated ceasefire violations, accused India of “unprovoked firing’.

He said firing by the Indian Army across the LoC had resulted in the death of four civilians and three soldiers in Pakistan.

India had on November 23 launched a counter-offensive, a day after a soldier was beheaded and two others were killed in J&K’s Machil sector, that the attack was carried out by Pakistan Army’s Border Action Team.

In a statement, Sharif flayed the Indian action at the LoC and paid tribute to the Pakistani soldiers killed in a firing incident across the Working Border.