UN Secretary General urges India to hold plebiscite

In a welcome move, the UN Secretary General Mr. Antonio Gutteres has urged India to settle the Kashmir dispute in the light of UN Security Council resolutions for the sake of peace in the region.He also asked Indian government to lift curfew in the occupied valley and let the people lead normal life.
Presently the imposition of curfew by India is a gross violation of human rights as well against the charter of United Nations. Mr. Antonio Guterres highly appreciated Pakistan’s efforts by opening Kartarpur corridor for Sikhs which in the long run will forge peaceful relations between India and Pakistan. The UN Secretary General remarked that Kartarpur corridor is a great example of Pakistan’s advocacy for peace and interfaith harmony in the world. Mr. Guterres also appreciated the facilities being provided by Pakistani government to Sikh pilgrims and general visitors at Darbar Sahib Kartarpur.
As a matter of fact, the Secretary General was not happy with the Citizenship Law(now highly controversial) recently passed by the Indian Parliament which is discriminatory in nature essentially causing dent in the rank and file of India.
Mr. Guterres said the Muslims living in India as well other religious minorities will be affected by this law. The hue and cry against the Citizenship Law manifests that Muslims as a largest minority in India have been directly affected by this law. To be very specific, the UN does not believe in discrimination on the basis of religion, caste and creed.
Earlier the UN Secretary General while addressing the international conference about Afghanistan Refugees settled in Pakistan for the last forty years, he highly appreciated Pakistan support to the Afghan refugees by providing shelter and other facilities despite Pakistan’s weak economy.
At present there are 1.7 million Afghan refugees still living in Pakistan while the international donors extend lukewarm support to Pakistani government to look after the refugees.Very few have gone to their native country but the war like situation compels them to return back to Pakistan.
The UN Secretary General was hopeful that peace will soon return to Afghanistan as USA and Afghan Taliban are close to a deal which will help stop violence in Afghanistan.
However, the situation is very complex as the Afghan Government lacks resources to settle the huge refugee population once they come back home.
Mr. Guterres appealed to the international donors not to close their purse rather they need to be generous to help Pakistan government to take care of refugees in a proper way.
The UN Secretary General also spoke about the need to restructure UNO as only five members have rights of veto power which does not augur well.
The world is not unipolar or bipolar nor multi-poplar, it is chaotic world we live in, he quipped.

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