ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi on Tuesday said Pakistan welcomed UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres’ offer of his good offices in resolving outstanding issues between Pakistan and India.
“Indian reaction to the UN Secretary General’s offer shows India is avoiding resolution of the outstanding issues,” Shah Mahmood Qureshi said while talking to media in Islamabad after the concluding ceremony of two-day International Refugee Summit marking forty years of Afghan Refugees’ presence in Pakistan.
He reiterated that Kashmir was an international issue and India could not enforce its illegal unilateral decisions there.
Earlier, addressing concluding session of the conference, the foreign minister said the participants of the conference applauded the unparalleled solidarity and hospitality of Pakistan and Iran and commended their inclusive policies towards Afghan refugees.
The conference recognized and highly appreciated Pakistan’s generosity and progressive policies that have enabled millions of Afghan refugees and nationals to access refuge, health, education, livelihood and social mobility without any discrimination.
The participants stressed that the ultimate solution lies in Afghanistan and that voluntary repatriation and sustainable reintegration is the preferred solution for the majority of Afghan refugees.
The participants also highlighted that to enable sustainable return and reintegration, a pre-requisite would be a comprehensive Afghan led and Afghan owned peace process and urgent investment in the priority areas of return.
The conference acknowledged that the Afghanistan-Pakistan Action Plan for Peace and Solidarity could yield peace dividends for the entire region, provided that there is a firm political will to implement it.
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The conference was attended by more than 500 participants, including the Prime Minister Imran Khan, the Secretary General of the United Nations, the Second Vice President of Afghanistan, the UN High Commissioner for Refugees, Ministers and other high-ranking representatives of the government.
UN Chief’s remarks about Kashmir victory of Pakistan’s stance on issue: Firdous
Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr. Firdous Ashiq Awan said United Nations Secretary General’s remarks about Kashmir is a victory of Pakistan’s stance on the issue.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad on Tuesday, she welcomed the statement and expressed hope that the United Nations will play its due role in resolving the issue in lines with UN Security Council’s resolutions.
She urged the United Nations to play its due role in stopping massive human rights violations committed by Indian troops in Occupied Kashmir.
She said that the rights of minorities are not protected in India due to extremist policies of BJP-led regime.
The Special Assistant said that Antonio Gutiérrez also urged the world to come forward in repatriating millions of Afghan refugees, who are being hosted by Pakistan for over four decades.
She said peace and stability of the region is linked with the peace in Afghanistan and Pakistan is fully supporting the peace process for a stable and prosperous Afghanistan.
Welcoming restoration of international games in Pakistan, she said this was made possible by sacrifices rendered by Security Forces with the support of the nation. She said the visit of International teams specially the visit of UNSG is an evidence that Pakistan is a peaceful country.