The United Nations has expressed concern over the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan following unprovoked Indian firing across the Line of Control, killing at least two civilians. In a statement, UN Secretary-General, Spokesman Stephane Dujarric also expressed concern over situation in Occupied Kashmir. He said the world body is closely monitoring the situation in the held valley. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guetteres’ spokesman said in response “The situation (in Kashmir) continue to be of concern to us”.

Analysts on Telephone:

Arif Kamal (Former Ambassador)

The statement of UN Secretary General is very encouraging and everyone should strongly welcome it. Kashmir issue must be resolved in accordance with UN resolutions or through dialogue as it is main cause of Indo-Pak tensions. Kashmiris should be given their right to self-determination. The freedom movement in Kashmir has gained momentum. India is creating tensions at borders trough unprovoked firing and international community must take notice of it as both India and Pakistan are nuclear powers and such LoC violations may lead to a nuclear war.

Dr. Farooq Hasnat (IR Expert)

UN Secretary-General has voiced deep concern over the worsening situation in the disputed region, and urged India and Pakistan to work towards sustainable peace. United Nations needs to play a prominent role to retain peace in the world and it must also intervene to resolve Kashmir dispute. It is fact that without resolving Kashmir dispute peace in the region is not possible. The statement of UN secretary General will definitely put a moral pressure on India to give the Kashmiris their right to self-determination.

Pakistan fully supports all efforts for peace, stability in Afghanistan 

This was stated by National Security Adviser said that Nasser Janjua while talking to British High Commissioner Thomas Drew in Islamabad. Two sides discussed prevailing security situation in the region with special reference to security situation in Afghanistan and status of Pak-India relations. Both sides condemned and expressed condolence on recent bomb attack in Kabul. Ambassador of Islamic Republic of Iran Mehdi Honardoost also called on National Security Advisor Nasser Khan Jaunjua in Islamabad. Matters pertaining to the enhancement of bilateral relations, issues of security and border management came under discussion. Nasser Janjua said that Pakistan attached great importance to its relations with Iran and is committed to overcome all irritants for its improvement.

Analyst on Telephone:

Dr. Ghulam Mustafa (IR Expert)

Afghanistan has been facing instability since 1980. Pakistan has contributed a lot for retaining peace in Afghanistan and also supported Afghanistan in war against Russia. Pakistan could also play a significant role to mediate the peace talks between Afghan government and Taliban but Afghanistan always alleges Pakistan to be involved in any terror incident there. The world acknowledges that Pakistan has always supported peace in Afghanistan but Afghan government is under the strong Indian influence.

Host: Dr. Shafiq ur Rehman

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