Monitoring Kashmir situation closely: UN
Secretary General Seeks Dialogue To Overcome ‘Difficulties In The Region’
United Nations, Feb 13: In the wake of tensions in Kashmir following the hanging of Muhammad Afzal Guru, UN chief Ban Ki-moon is closely following the situation in the region and stresses on the need for dialogue to help to overcome difficulties, his spokesperson said here.
“The Secretary-General is obviously following developments quite closely. And we would simply reiterate the call for the need for dialogue to help to overcome the difficulties that there are,” Ban’s spokesperson Martin Nesirky told reporters at the daily briefing yesterday.
Nesirky was responding to a question on developments in Kashmir, where curfew has been imposed and three persons have been killed and several injured in clashes between protesters and law enforcement agencies following the hanging of Guru.
Nesirky said he did not have any specific comment on the execution of Guru. When asked that there is a “humanitarian aspect” to the hanging of Guru since his body has not been given to his family, Nesirky said, “I don’t have any comment on that.”
Guru was hanged in New Delhi’s Tihar jail on February 9 after his mercy plea was rejected by the President.
Pak urges US to help resolve Kashmir
Meanwhile, Pakistan’s ambassador to US, Sherry Rehman Wednesday urged Washington to help resolve the 65-year-old Kashmir dispute.
“Because of its strategic proximity to both Pakistan and India, the United States is uniquely poised to play a role in the resolution of the dispute which can become a nuclear flashpoint,” said the ambassador. Addressing a Kashmir Day meeting at the embassy, she noted that the current geo-political situation also required the US to help resolve this dispute.
“The Kashmir dispute has tied down the resources of the two biggest countries in South Asia, placing a drag on their political and economic discourse,” she noted.
Earlier, the Kashmiri community in the US capital observed the Kashmir Day and at a joint meeting near Washington they condemned the “secret execution” of Afzal, at New Delhi’s Tihar jail.
They noted that the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, adopted by the United Nations General Assembly in December 1948, recognized each person’s right to life.
It categorically states that: “No one shall be subjected to torture or to cruel, inhuman or degrading treatment or punishment,” said a joint statement they adopted at the meeting.
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