Srinagar: In the aftermath of the escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, the chairman of the United Kashmir People’s National Party stated that their party members are concerned about the growing terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir perpetuated by Pakistan. He added that neighbouring Pakistan has violated international law and UN resolutions. News agency ANI quoted the chairman Sardar Shaukat Ali Kashmiri as saying, “We’re concerned about growing menace of terrorism from Pakistan and its implications on regional and international peace. Pakistan has violated international law and UN resolutions and created an unfair consolidation in its peripheries.”
Meanwhile, Kashmiri political activists and intellectuals have strongly criticised Pakistan during the 40th Session of the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) on Tuesday. Junaid Qureshi, a Kashmiri and director of the European Foundation of South Asian Studies (EFSAS) claimed, “Pakistan has forcibly divided Jammu and Kashmir while it continues fomenting terrorism and keeps deceiving the world by manifesting itself as a self-styled protector of the rights of Jammu and Kashmir for over seven decades,” said Qureshi.
Activists from Pakistan occupied Kashmir (PoK) also highlighted the issue of gross human rights violations and the mushrooming of terror camps in the region.
Similarly, the United States on March 9 reacted to the increased risk of terrorism in Jammu and Kashmir by issuing a travel advisory for its citizens visiting India. Owing to civil unrest in India, Americans were further advised to avoid travelling within 10 kilometres of Indo-Pak border ‘due to the potential for armed conflict.’ The US citizens were only permitted to visit the eastern Ladakh region and capital Leh.
This advisory was issued in the wake of escalating tensions between India and Pakistan, following the Pulwama terror attack. Forty Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were killed in south Kashmir on February 14 after an explosive-laden truck rammed into a bus in the convoy of the security personnel. The JeM had taken the responsibility of the attack in the view of which tensions between India and Pakistan flared up.
(With Agency inputs)