SRINAGAR/NEW DELHI, Aug 17 (Reuters) – India is able to ship its prime diplomat to Pakistan for talks centered on preventing cross-border terrorism, sources at India’s overseas ministry mentioned on Wednesday, after a spike in pressure within the disputed northernmost area of Kashmir.

Indian International Secretary Subrahmanyam Jaishankar was keen to attend talks on the invitation of his Pakistani counterpart, the sources mentioned, stressing that cross-border terrorism was central to the scenario in Jammu and Kashmir state.

The olive department comes after 40 days of violent protests in Indian-ruled Kashmir that had been sparked by the killing by safety forces of a discipline commander of Pakistan-based Islamic militant group Hizbul Mujahideen who loved large assist.

A minimum of 64 folks have died and 1000’s been injured in clashes with safety forces which were denounced by Pakistan, which additionally claims the proper to rule Jammu & Kashmir in a territorial dispute that dates again to partition in 1947.

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A protester throws stones in direction of the Indian police throughout a protest in Srinagar in opposition to the latest killings in Kashmir, August 9, 2016.

The Indian sources, who declined to be recognized, made it clear, nevertheless, that India “rejects of their entirety the self-serving allegations relating to the scenario in J&Okay, which is an integral a part of India.”

Jammu and Kashmir (J&Okay) is the title of India’s solely Muslim-majority state that features the disputed Kashmir area.

No remark was instantly out there from Pakistan’s overseas ministry.

A prime U.N. human rights official expressed “deep remorse” on the failure of each the Indian and Pakistani authorities to grant entry to the separate elements of Kashmir that every run to analyze allegations of significant human rights violations.

U.N. Excessive Commissioner for Human Rights Zeid Ra’advert Al Hussein mentioned in a press release issued in Geneva it was unlucky that honest makes an attempt by the United Nations to independently assess the information in relation to experiences of human rights violations had failed.

“With out entry, we will solely worry the worst,” mentioned Zeid. 

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Younger Kashmiri protestors maintain placards at a protest in opposition to civilian killings in Kashmir’s ongoing summer time unrest, throughout a curfew within the Batmaloo space of Srinagar on August 17, 2016.


The nuclear-armed neighbors, which have fought three wars since independence in 1947, each declare Kashmir in full however rule it partially.

Within the newest violence on Wednesday, militants killed three members of the Indian safety forces once they ambushed a military convoy after which fired on a police jeep that got here to the scene.

In a worrying escalation the day before today, Indian safety forces fired stay rounds at a crowd of stone-throwing protesters in Kashmir’s Baramulla district, killing 5 and wounding 10.

Earlier, police and troops making an attempt to regulate crowds had resorted to the usage of shotguns, whose pellets are supposed to incapacitate however not kill.

However residents of Kashmir say the shotguns have inflicted extreme accidents and even blinded a whole bunch of individuals together with bystanders.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi ratcheted up tensions in his annual Independence Day speech on Monday, accusing Pakistan of glorifying terrorism.

In a tit-for-tat escalation within the confrontation between the nuclear-armed neighbors, Modi mentioned he had acquired messages of assist from leaders in restive areas of Pakistan, specifically the troubled southwestern province of Baluchistan.

India accuses Muslim Pakistan of supporting Kashmiri fighters whereas Pakistan accuses India of meddling in Pakistani hassle spots, specifically of serving to separatists preventing the Pakistani state in resource-rich Baluchistan.

Each side deny the accusations.

(Extra reporting by Stephanie Nebehay in Geneva and Tommy Wilkes in Islamabad; Enhancing by Sanjeev Miglani, Robert Birsel)

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