The United Nations has appealed to India and Pakistan to exercise “maximum restraint” amid escalating tensions between the two countries along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region.
“The UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan observed and reported an increase in military activity at the Line of Control in recent days,” UN Secretary-General’s spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said in a statement.
UNMOGIP was deployed in January 1949 to supervise the ceasefire between India and Pakistan in the state of Jammu and Kashmir. While Pakistan allows UN observers to monitor the LoC, India does not.
The group, based in Rawalpindi, army headquarter of Pakistan, is composed of 44 military observers, supported by 25 international civilian personnel and 47 local civilian staff.
Indian authorities placed large parts of the disputed region under lockdown early Monday, while the government sent in tens of thousands of additional troops.