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LoC firing: Pak rushes to UN, warns India against starting ‘full-scale war’

New York: Alarmed by the escalation of tension with India along the LoC, Pakistan on Thursday asked the UN to act before the situation snowballs into a “full-fledged crisis”.

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi met the Deputy UN Secretary General Jan Eliasson and the Chef de Cabinet of the Secretary General Edmond Mulet during which she alleged that the situation along the Line of Control (LoC) posed a “grave threat to international peace and security”.

Lodhi, according to a statement issued by the Permanent Mission of Pakistan to the UN, in her meeting with UN officials alleged that escalating tensions on the LoC “was a deliberate attempt” by India to “divert the attention of the international community from the gross human right violations being committed” by it in Kashmir.

Alleging that the attack on an ambulance trying to evacuate the injured was a particularly “abhorrent act” that was a breach of the most fundamental legal and humanitarian laws, Lodhi urged the UN to act before the escalating tensions snowball into a full-fledged crisis.

The UN Department of Peace Keeping Operations was separately asked to mobilise United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) to effectively monitor the LoC and the Working Boundary as a step to help deescalate tensions between India and Pakistan, a statement said.

Meanwhile, Pakistan’s air force chief has warned India against escalating the Kashmir issue into ‘full-scale war.’

Marshal Sohail Aman’s warning on Thursday comes as tensions soared between

Islamabad and New Delhi over the contested Himalayan territory after a day of violent exchanges.

Aman told reporters in the port city of Karachi that “it is better if India shows restraint.”

If New Delhi escalates the crisis, he says Pakistani troops will “know full well how to deal with them.”

PTI