Lethpora attack: Pakistan urges UN to intervene over Kashmir tension with India

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Pakistan’s foreign minister appealed to the UN Secretary-General on Tuesday to help ease tension with India that has escalated sharply following a suicide bomb attack in Lethpora area of Pulwama in which 49 CRPF men were killed.

Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi sent a letter to UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday, seeking his help to reduce the tensions between the two countries, Pakistan Foreign Office said.

“It is with a sense of urgency that I draw your attention to the deteriorating security situation in our region resulting from the threat of use of force against Pakistan by India,” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wrote to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

“The Pulwama attack on Central Reserve Police Force was ostensibly and even by Indian accounts carried out by a Kashmiri resident of Kashmir. Attributing it to Pakistan even before investigations is absurd,” he wrote.

“For domestic political reasons, India has deliberately ratcheted up its hostile rhetoric against Pakistan and created a tense environment. It has also hinted that it may abandon the Indus Waters Treaty. This would be a grievous error,” Qureshi wrote.

“It is imperative to take steps for de-escalation. The United Nations must step in to defuse tensions,” he wrote.

Qureshi wrote: “India must be asked to conduct an open and credible investigation on Pulwama incident.”

“You may also consider asking India to refrain from further escalating the situation and enter into dialogue with Pakistan and the Kashmiris to calm the situation down,” he wrote.

“I request that this letter be circulated to members of the Security Council and General Assembly,” Pakistan Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi wrote to UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres.

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