UN chief Guterres offers to mediate Kashmir issue
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September 20, 2019
United Nations (UN) Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Thursday has once again offered to mediate the escalating Kashmir issue between Pakistan and India. The UN secretary-general has emphasized on the need for respecting human rights in Indian Occupied Kashmir which is under strict 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 dispute. He also urged India and Pakistan to find a solution to the crisis through dialogue. On the other hand, curfew and communications blackouts 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 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.