Over the raising tensions along the Line of Control (LoC) and the International Border (IB) in Kashmir, with Pakistani forces frequently engaging in unprovoked firing and shelling at Indian Army posts and civilian areas, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon today expressed concern over the deteriorating relation between the two neighboring countries.
In an official statement released by the office of the UN Secretary-General, Ban Ki-moon said, “deeply concerned about the deterioration of the situation along the Line of Control in Kashmir in recent days.”
Focusing on the importance to restore calm and stability in the border area, in order to avoid further life loss, the statement from Ban Ki-moon’s office said, “The Secretary-General trusts that India and Pakistan can find common ground and work towards a sustainable peace.”
There had been frequent ceasefire violations by the Pakistan rangers since the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes along the Line of Control (LoC) in the neighboring country, destroying several terrorist launch pads and killing at least 26 terror suspects. The surgical strike by the Indian Army came as an response to the Uri attacks, where four heavily armed terrorists attacked Indian Army base at the Uri district of Kashmir, claiming the lives of at least 18 jawans.
In a recent incident of violence by official or unofficial organisations from Pakistan, on November 22, three Indian army jawans were killed in an infiltration bid, believed to have been conducted by the Border Action Team of the Pakistan Army. Among the three martyred soldiers, the body of one jawan was found in a mutilated state. The recent incident was the second incident of mutilation of Indian soldiers, in the last one month.