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'No proof': UN rejects Pak claims that India targeted its vehicle at LoC

Said 'no evidence' of United Nations Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan vehicle targeted

Press Trust of India  |  United Nations 

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The United Nations has dismissed Army's claim that its military observers came under attack from Indian troops near the Line of Control, saying there was "no evidence" of them being targeted.

UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres' spokesperson Stephane Dujarric said there was no evidence that an UNMOGIP (United Nations Military Observer Group in and Pakistan) vehicle was targeted by the along the near the Khanjar sector.

"I can say to you that this afternoon in Bhimber District, in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, UNMOGIP military observers accompanied by Pakistani Army escorts heard gunshots in their vicinity. There is no evidence that the UNMOGIP military observers were targeted by the gunfire. No observer was injured," he told reporters on Wednesday.

In a statement, the (ISPR), the media wing of the Armed Forces, had said that a vehicle carrying two officers of the observer group came under attack by Indian troops during a visit to the

The Army had claimed the vehicle was carrying UNMOGIP officers Major Emmanual of the Philippines and Major Mirko of Croatia.

Asked about the increasing tension between the south Asian neighbours and whether the UN secretary-general will look into the situation, Dujarric reiterated, "we're obviously concerned at the situation in Kashmir, and it's an issue that the secretary-general is following closely."

According to the UN Security Council mandate of 1971, UNMOGIP observes and reports on ceasefire violations along and across the and the Working Boundary between and Pakistan in Jammu and Kashmir, as well as reports developments that could lead to ceasefire violations.

has maintained that UNMOGIP has outlived its utility and is irrelevant after the Simla Agreement and the consequent establishment of the Line of Control.

The observer group is headed by Major Gen Per Lodin of Sweden. It currently has 38 military observers and 73 civilian personnel.

First Published: Thu, May 25 2017. 11:44 IST