UNITED NATIONS - A spokesman for UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon declined to offer any comments on the deteriorating situation in Indian-occupied Kashmir where thousands of people defied round-the-clock curfews in Srinagar on Wednesday shouting Azadi and chanting anti-Indian slogans. I have nothing to say, spokesman Martin Nesirsky said when questioned about the Indian security forces having been armed with shoot-on-sight orders to quell the demonstrations. There were a series of questions related to Kashmir but each time the spokesman, who looked somewhat stressed, repeated the same answer. His response reflected the kind of gag the UN chief has placed on his spokesmen after Ban disowned his last weeks statement in which he called for restraint as Indian security forces were battling youthful demonstrators across Kashmir calling for the implementation of UN-mandated right to self-determination of Kashmiri people. The backing down by Ban under severe Indian pressure came as a surprise to diplomats, who said that Ban, by going back on his words, had set a bad precedent for the UN, which is steadily losing its credibility. As custodian of human rights, Ban should stand up for the people whose rights are being violated, a diplomat said. But it appears that the Ban, whose term expire in 2012, is looking for another term in office. At that time, India will be on the 15-nation council as a non-permanent member.