A top UN diplomat has urged both New Delhi and Islamabad to show restraint, saying the world must collectively focus its attention on the devastating coronavirus pandemic, with continuing ceasefire violations by Indian security forces along the Line of Control and Working Boundary in the background.
The statement from Dominican Republic ambassador Jose Singer and current UN Security Council president came after many Azad Kashmir residents were injured as a result of unprovoked Indian targeting of civilians.
“We urge both sides, India and Pakistan, to refrain from any hostilities, now more than ever, and in line with the appeal by United Nations Secretary-General António Guterres for a global ceasefire in the wake of the pandemic,” Singer said in a response to Indian newspaper The Hindu.
Singer said that he was speaking on the Security Council in his capacity as the Dominican Republic’s ambassador, as the UN body has yet to address the current round of tensions.
Pakistan had summoned an Indian official on Monday to protest its eastern neighbor’s cross-border shelling which killed a child and wounded four civilians.
“This year, India has so far committed 749 ceasefire violations to date,” the ministry had noted as it denounced the targeting of innocent civilians.