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UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres meets PM Imran Khan

ISLAMABAD: The UN Secretary General, Mr. Antonio Guterres called on Prime Minister Imran Khan today. The Secretary General is visiting to attend the International Conference on 40 years of hosting Afghan refugees in Pakistan. The Prime Minister highlighted Pakistan’s generosity in hosting millions of Afghan refugees for the last four decades. He also noted that the people of Pakistan drew inspiration to host refugees from the teachings of the Holy Prophet (S.A.W.).

The Prime Minister underscored that there was no military solution to the Afghan conflict. He reaffirmed Pakistan’s steadfast support for efforts for peace and reconciliation in Afghanistan. He stressed that the establishment of sustainable peace in Afghanistan and creation of conducive environment and “pull factors” which would facilitate the return of Afghan refugees to their homeland in dignity and honour. The Prime Minister highlighted the dire human rights and humanitarian situation in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, as a result of India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019.

He added that India’s belligerent rhetoric, intensified ceasefire violations on the LoC, and other aggressive actions were imperiling peace and security in the region. The Prime Minister also highlighted the possibility of false flag operation by India to divert global attention from its unacceptable actions in IOJ&K. The Prime Minister underscored that the Kashmiri people continued to look to the United Nations to honour its commitments for the realization of their right to self-determination, as enshrined in numerous UN Security Council resolutions. The Prime Minister stressed that Climate Change posed an existential threat to mankind. He assured the Secretary General that Pakistan would work hand in hand with the global community to pursue swift implementation of the Paris Climate Agreement. The Prime Minister also highlighted the landmark 10 Billion Tree Tsunami.

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