U.N. chief Ban calls for calm, restraint in Kashmir


U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has called for restraint in disputed Kashmir, which is facing its biggest independence uprising in over 20 years, the United Nations said on Wednesday.

“He called for calm and restraint among all concerned,” U.N. spokesman Martin Nesirky told reporters.

On Tuesday, Nesirky said Ban “regrets the latest loss of life … (and) calls for an immediate end to violence and urges calm and restraint by all concerned.”

More than 100 people have died in the protests since June. Muslim-majority Kashmir, a region at the core of a long-running dispute between India and Pakistan, has been thrown out of gear by strikes and curfews. Schools, colleges and businesses remain shut. Food and medicine are scarce.

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