Pak, Russia discuss prospects for bolstering ties
Highlighting the grave human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir, Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi called on UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres to play his role in resolving the decades-old dispute between India and Pakistan.
The foreign minister met the UN chief on the sidelines of the 73rd session of the UN General Assembly session taking place in New York on Friday.
According to an official statement, the foreign minister voiced Pakistan’s serious concern over the plight of the people in Indian Occupied Kashmir as evidenced in the damning report of the UN Human Rights High Commissioner.
He stressed the need for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the UN Security Council resolutions and the wishes of the Kashmiri people. The Foreign Minister also referred to the jingoistic rhetoric from New Delhi, and asked the Secretary-General to urge India not to embark on any misadventure, the statement said. Guterres is due to visit India in the first week of next month. FM Qureshi expressed Pakistan’s desire to engage with India for lasting peace in the region.
The Secretary General, calling Pakistan a privileged partner of the UN, appreciated its lead role at the UN, including as a top troop contributor to peacekeeping.
Meanwhile, Shah Mahmood Qureshi met his Russian counterpart Sergey Lavrov on the sidelines of United Nations General Assembly session in New York and discussed broader areas of mutual cooperation between Pakistan and Russia, including trade, investment, peace and security. Qureshi stressed the need for translating the gradually increasing multi-dimensional partnership between the two countries into multi-faceted strategic partnership.