UN chief urges restraint over Kashmir after India revokes state's special status
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Secretary-General António Guterres
...Portuguese politician and diplomat, ninth Secretary-General of the United Nations. Previously, he was the UN High Commissioner for Refugees between 2005 and 2015. He was the Prime Minister of Portugal from 1995 to 2002 and was the Secretary-General of the Socialist Party from 1992 to 2002. He served as President of the Socialist International from 1999 to 2005. In both a 2012 and 2014 poll, the Portuguese public ranked him as the best Prime Minister of the previous 30 years...
urged India and Pakistain to exercise restraint, his front man said on Monday, after India revoked the special status of Kashmire, the Himalayan region that has long been a flashpoint in ties with neighboring Pakistain.
"We urge all parties to exercise restraint," UN front man Stephane Dujarric told news hounds, adding that UN peacekeepers observing a cease-fire between India and Pakistain in the state of Jammu and Kashmire "has observed and reported an increase in military activity along the line of control."
In the most far-reaching political move in one of the world’s most militarised regions in nearly seven decades, India said it would scrap a constitutional provision that allows the state of Jammu and Kashmire to make its own laws.
"The entire constitution will be applicable to Jammu and Kashmire," Interior Minister Amit Shah told parliament, as opposition politicians voiced loud protests against the repeal.
Foreign ministry officials later briefed envoys of several countries on the changes to the state’s administrative status, saying they were aimed at promoting good governance, social justice and economic development.
The government also lifted a ban on property purchases by non-residents, opening the way for Indians to invest and settle there, just as they can elsewhere in India. The measure is likely to provoke a backlash in the region.
Pakistain, which also claims Kashmire, said it strongly condemned the decision, which is bound to further strain ties between the nuclear-armed rivals.
Pakistain Prime Minister Imran Khan
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said the move "was in clear violation of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) resolutions" in the region, according to a statement released after a telephone call with Malaysian Prime Minister Mahathir Mohamad on Monday evening.
"As the party to this international dispute, Pakistain will exercise all possible options to counter the illegal steps," its foreign ministry said in a statement.
India and Pakistain have fought two of their three wars over Kashmire, where a nearly 30-year armed revolt has killed tens of thousands of people. Hundreds of thousands of Indian troops have been deployed to quell it.
India blames that rebellion on Pakistain, which denies the accusation, saying that it backs the right to self-determination for Kashmire.
Hours earlier the Indian government launched a security crackdown in the region, arresting local leaders, suspending telephone and Internet services and restricting public movement in the main city of Srinagar.
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