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Pakistan Calls for U.N. to Step In over Kashmir Tensions as PM Imran Khan Visits Disputed Region

HeadlineAug 14, 2019

Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan is in Kashmir today amid tensions with India over its move last week revoking the special status of the Indian-controlled part of the Muslim-majority region. Indian-administered Kashmir remains on lockdown. Pakistan is calling for the U.N. Security Council to meet over the escalating situation, which it says poses “an imminent threat” to peace in the region and could lead to “ethnic cleansing and genocide” if a major military confrontation erupts. During his visit, Imran Khan condemned India’s actions but said, “We are not at war with India. We are against its ideology.” On Tuesday, Amnesty International urged India to lift its restrictions on movement and communications in Kashmir, warning that “a complete clampdown on civil liberties is only likely to increase tensions, alienate the people and increase the risk of further human rights violations.”

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