United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday highlighted the need for respecting human rights in Indian occupied Kashmir (IoK) which is under repressive lockdown for over six weeks now.
Responding to a question during a press conference marking the start of the General Assembly’s 74th session, he said he would continue to advocate for the peaceful settlement of the decades-old Kashmir conflict.
He urged Pakistan and India for the peaceful settlement of the decades-old Kashmir dispute. The UN chief said that the stance of the United Nations will remain unchanged on the disputed territory.
Reiterating his resolve, Guterres said he is ready to play his role for the solution of decade long conflict between both the countries if they want.
On the other hand, curfew and communications blackout have continued for the 46th consecutive day in occupied Kashmir with all shops and business establishments closed and schools without attendance.
Due to the ongoing military clampdown, the people of the Kashmir valley are facing an acute shortage of basic essentials including food, milk and life-saving drugs.
Under the prevailing circumstances, the local newspapers find it difficult to hit the stands, while they couldn’t update their online editions.
Meanwhile, international media reported that screams of people are often heard from Indian army camps in occupied Kashmir at night, as troops pick up youth from villages and torture them.