UN chief Ban Ki-moon offers to mediate to resolve Indo-Pak tensions

United Nations, Oct 1: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon has expressed deep concern over the "significant increase in tensions" between India and Pakistan and offered to mediate to resolve the tensions. "The Secretary General is deeply concerned over the significant increase in tensions between India and Pakistan in the wake of the recent developments, in particular the reported cease-fire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) following an attack on an Indian army base in Uri on 18 September," said his spokesperson in a statement on Friday. Ban also urged both sides to exercise "maximum restraint" and take immediate steps to de-escalate the situation.  He called on both the governments to "address their outstanding issues, including regarding Kashmir, peacefully through diplomacy and dialogue".  "His good offices are available, if accepted by both sides," said the statement. The statement comes in the wake of India's announcement on Thursday that its troops had conducted surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir. The surgical strikes were in response to the September 18 terror strike on the Uri army camp that led to 19 deaths, and led to considerable anger in India. India has blamed the Uri attack as well as the January 2 Pathankot attack, which left seven Indian security personnel dead, on Pakistan-based militants.