Amid the flare-up along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, the United Nations and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) have urged India and Pakistan to exercise restraint and ensure that the situation does not deteriorate. 'The UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) observed and reported an increase in military activity at the Line of Control in recent days. The UN appeals to both sides to exercise maximum restraint to ensure that the situation does not further deteriorate,' the UN Secretary-General’s spokesman, Mr. Stephane Dujarric, said..
The UNMOGIP, which was established in January 1949, observes and reports on ceasefire violations along the border. However, since the Shimla Agreement of 1972, India has maintained that UNMOGIP be discontinued arguing that it has 'outlived its relevance'. Last week, five to seven Pakistani regulars/terrorists were killed by Indian forces, foiling an attack by Pakistan's Border Action Team (BAT) on an Indian forward post along the Line of Control in the Keran sector
Reports suggest that among those killed, at least four were likely from Pakistan's Special Service Group (SSG) commandos. Further, in two separate operations carried out by the Army - four Jaish-e-Mohammad militants were neutralised and a cache of sniper rifle along with Pakistan marked mines and improvised explosive devices were seized. A defence spokesperson said that Pakistan has been attempting to disturb the peace in the Valley for the last 36 hours. The Amarnath Yatra was also on its radar.
The yatra that was scheduled to be concluded on August 15 has been curtailed for the first time in the history of Independent India. Meanwhile, the Pakistani spokesperson, Major General Asif Ghafoor, has refuted the Indian claims saying that no BAT team had taken any action along the LOC. Stressing that the development at LoC was Indian government’s strategy to divert attention from issues of Jammu and Kashmir, Gen.
Ghafoor said, 'Indian allegations of cross LOC action by Pakistan and possession of bodies are mere propaganda. Such blatant lies / staged dramas are Indian disinformation maneuver to divert world attention from increased atrocities by Indian Occupation Forces inside Jammu and Kashmir.'