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Pakistan Calls For UN Chief To Intervene In Dispute With India Over Kashmir

UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon
UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon

Pakistan has urged UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to personally intervene to help defuse rising tensions with India over the divided and disputed region of Kashmir.

Pakistan's ambassador to the United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi, said after his meeting with Ban on September 30 that it is "a dangerous moment for the region."

Lodhi said the time has come for "bold intervention" by Ban if Pakistan and India are to avoid a crisis because "we can see a crisis building up."

Tensions have been rising since India accused Pakistan-based militants of launching an assault on an army base in Indian-administered Kashmir in early September that killed 18 soldiers.

Pakistan said on September 29 that two of its soldiers were killed by Indian troops during a clash along Kashmir's de facto border.

India's military said it carried out "surgical strikes" along the line of control to thwart attacks that it said were being planned against cities in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Based on reporting by Reuters, AP, and AFP

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