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Pakistan urges UN to call on India to stop Kashmir violence

An activist of Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party points a trident to a photograph of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as they protest against Sunday's attack at an Indian army base in Kashmir, New Delhi, India, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. India accuses Pakistan of training the militants in its territory, then helping them to infiltrate into the Indian side. Islamabad denies the charge, saying it only gives political and diplomatic support to the rebels. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

An activist of Hindu nationalist Shiv Sena party points a trident to a photograph of Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif as they protest against Sunday's attack at an Indian army base in Kashmir, New Delhi, India, Monday, Sept. 19, 2016. India accuses Pakistan of training the militants in its territory, then helping them to infiltrate into the Indian side. Islamabad denies the charge, saying it only gives political and diplomatic support to the rebels. (AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)  (The Associated Press)

Pakistan has called on the permanent members of the U.N. Security Council to press India to halt more than two months of violence in Kashmir.

The appeal comes a day after suspected rebels attacked an Indian army base in Kashmir, killing 17 soldiers.

The Foreign Office said Monday that Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sent letters to the United States, Russia, China, Britain and France asking them to intervene. Sharif says the violence is a threat to international peace and security.

The disputed Himalayan territory is split between Indian and Pakistani areas of control. Both nuclear-armed states claim Kashmir in its entirety.

The killing of a rebel commander in July sparked a wave of unrest, with near-daily clashes between Indian forces and protesters. More than 80 people have been killed.