Pakistan proposes appointment of special UN representative for resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute

Srinagar: Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Thursday telephoned United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres to convey his “deep shock and grave concern” at the human rights violations “committed by Indian security forces” in Kashmir, Dawn reported.

The premier during the conversation “underscored [the] UN’s role to end these violations”, the report quoting a statement added.

Citing the recent escalation in violence in the restive valley, especially the killing of more than a dozen civilians and injuries to over 300 protestors, Khan termed the situation as “unacceptable”.

“Jammu and Kashmir dispute is not a bilateral issue between Pakistan and India but an internationally recognised dispute and an outstanding agenda item in the UN Security Council,” the statement quoted the prime minister as telling the UN chief.

Khan urged Guterres to intervene and “stop India from perpetrating state repression, violence and brute force against Kashmiri youth, women and children”.

He demanded that a Commission of Inquiry be urgently dispatched to investigate the situation in Kashmir, as was recommended in a June 2018 report by the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights. He also reiterated the proposal to appoint a special UN representative for resolution of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

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