UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres reiterated his appeal that India and Pakistan deal with the Kashmir issue through dialogue and ensure full respect for human rights, reported PTI.
Jammu and Kashmir transitioned from a state into union territories of Jammu and Kashmir, and Ladakh, nearly three months after the NDA government abrogated the state’s special status.
Asked about the Secretary General’s comment as Jammu and Kashmir ceased to be a state, the UN chief’s Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq during a media briefing on Thursday said, Well, just to reiterate our basic concerns that the Secretary General has previously expressed his concerns about the situation in Kashmir. As you know, he has met with representatives of India and Pakistan at their request to discuss the situation.”
Haq said the UN chief has appealed to both India and Pakistan “to deal with the issue through dialogue, and, as we’ve made clear and, particularly, as the High Commissioner for Human Rights has made clear, the situation in Kashmir can only be solved with full respect for human rights.
Tension between India and Pakistan has escalated after the revocation of Jammu and Kashmir’s special status.