UN Secretary General concerned over Kashmir situation, LoC tensions

Says diplomacy and dialogue remain the only tools that guarantee peace

By: News Desk      Published: 08:31 PM, 16 Feb, 2020
UN Secretary General concerned over Kashmir situation, LoC tensions
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi greets United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on his arrival to the Foreign Office.

United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Sunday expressed concerns over occupied Jammu and Kashmir situation and tensions along the Line of Control (LoC).

Guterres was addressing a joint press conference along with Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi.

Guterres said: “Diplomacy and dialogue remain the only tools that guarantee peace and stability with solutions in accordance with the Charter of United Nations and resolutions of the Security Council.”

The UN secretary general lauded Pakistan’s contributions to UN peacekeeping efforts as well as the inauguration of the Kartarpur corridor. He said that the opening of the corridor showed Pakistan’s commitment to peace. He termed the initiative a symbol of interfaith harmony, a unique experiment in cross-border ties.

“One of the main purposes of my visit is to spotlight the real Pakistan, with all its possibilities and potential.

"I'm thankful to Prime Minister Imran Khan for his invitation," he said. "It is a pleasure to be back to Pakistan. It is time for the world to step back and look at Pakistan through a wider frame," he maintained.

“Pakistan is a country of Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, Abdul Sattar Edhi and Malala Yousafzai,” said the UN secretary general.

During his visit, Guterres is expected to meet President Arif Alvi, Prime Minister Imran Khan and other high-level government officials. On Tuesday, he will visit Lahore where he will meet students and attend an event on Pakistan’s polio vaccination campaign. He will visit Gurdwara Kartarpur Sahib.

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