United Nations: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif today raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in his meeting with UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and called for holding of plebiscite in the state.
Sharif met Ban before his speech to the UN Sustainable Development Goals here today.
According to the Pakistan mission, Sharif urged the Secretary-General to play a role in defusing tensions between Pakistan and India and to help end alleged violations at the Line of Control.
Sharif called for implementation of United Nations Security Council resolutions on the Kashmir dispute and holding of plebiscite to determine the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
Ban stressed on the need for a dialogue between India and Pakistan to resolve tensions between them.
The meeting is understood to have been dominated by the Kashmir issue.
India has maintained that the Kashmir issue is a bilateral one and the UN has no role in it.
The Pakistan Premier is currently in New York to attend the 70th United Nations General Assembly session, where his address is scheduled for September 30.
The Pakistan mission here said the UN chief voiced concern over the tensions between India and Pakistan and said his good office were available.
On Afghanistan, Sharif said Pakistan seeks to build a new relationship with its neighbour and expressed his country’s readiness to assist in promoting the Afghan reconciliation process if asked to do so.
The Prime Minister also discussed with the UN Secretary-General domestic priorities and the fight to eliminate terrorism.
According to a readout of the meeting provided by Ban’s spokesperson, the Secretary-General stressed the “necessity for Pakistan and India to continue their peaceful dialogue.”
He also encouraged Pakistan to continue engaging Afghanistan in order to help stabilise the country.
The two leaders also discussed fight against terrorism and violent extremism.
On Myanmar, the Secretary-General underlined the need for fair and inclusive treatment of the Rohingya people.
The Secretary-General emphasised the importance of implementing the Sustainable Development Goals at the national level.
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