Sartaj calls for early settlement of Kashmir issue for durable peace

Beijing—Adviser to PM on Foreign Affairs senator Sartaj Aziz said here on Thursday that for durable peace and stability in South Asia, the core dispute of Jammu and Kashmir must be resolved in accordance with the resolutions of the UN Security Council and the wishes of the Kashmiri people.
Pakistan remains fully committed to this objective as part of comprehensive dialogue on all issues, he said while addressing the fifth CICA meeting of the Ministers of Foreign Affairs.
Sartaj Aziz said, a peaceful and stable Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan, and the entire region. This is also a pre-requisite for both Pakistan and Afghanistan to realize the full potential of their strategic locations as the hubs of economic, trade and energy corridors and connectivity across regions. Peace in Afghanistan will also enable the return of millions of Afghan refugees hosted by Pakistan for over three decades, he added.
He also mentioned terrorism, drug trafficking and organized crime as biggest challenges confronted by the regional countries. violent extremism has destabilized many more countries in our region, exacting a heavy toll on human lives and prolonging the suffering of millions of refugees drifting in high seas in search of safety.
Sartaj Aziz in his statement further said, “Cooperative multilateralism offers the best mechanism to effectively address these complex challenges.
The United Nations and its Charter provide the over-arching framework for such cooperation.
Regional cooperation constitutes an important complement in this regard. Based on their comparative advantages, regional arrangements offer useful platforms for dialogue and cooperation among member states, especially on security issues.
We greatly value the role of CICA as a forum for interaction and confidence building to advance the cause of peace and security and development in Asia.
If Asia were to regain its lost power and glory and contribute to global peace and development commensurate with its true potential, we would have to assume our responsibilities and act on several fronts. We also have to draw attention to root causes of terrorism and violent extremism, and the urgent need to address them. This should be main message as a part of the theme of, promoting peace and security through dialogue.”—INP

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