Source: Agencies20 Aug 2016 13:37:01
New York, August 20: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon on Friday replied to a letter urged by Pakistan on the ongoing issues of Jammu and Kashmir by saying that India and Pakistan should have a talk with each other in order to solve the problems. Interestingly, UN chief have not taken any stand on the issues of Balochistan where Pakistani authorities had killed large number of Baloch leaders and innocent citizens.
Few days before, on the account of India’s Independence Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi raised the issue of Balochistan where mass killing on large scale is done by Pakistani security forces. Several known Baloch leaders like Karima Baloch, Munaf Baluch and Brahumdagh Bugti thanked Indian Prime Minister for raising ongoing issues of Balochistan. Notably, Bangladesh as well as Afghanistan also supported India on apprising Baluchistan’s issues.
Meanwhile in reply to a letter, UN chief said that, "I deplore the loss of life and hope that all efforts will be made to avoid further violence." He said "I appreciate the continued commitment of Pakistan to the peaceful resolution of the Kashmir dispute for the sake of regional peace and security, as you reaffirmed in your letter."
He further said, "The United Nations remains convinced that it is only through dialogue that the outstanding issues between Pakistan and India, including on Kashmir, can be addressed."
UN chief in letter said that, "I stand ready to offer my good offices, should it be requested by both sides, to facilitate dialogue in order to achieve a negotiated settlement." The UN Secretary-General said that he looked forward to meeting the Pakistani leader again during the upcoming 71st session of the UN General Assembly to "discuss matters of common interest."
Notably, Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif earlier in letter apprised the UN chief about the "deteriorating" situation in Kashmir. In his letter of August 5, Prime Minister Sharif called for efforts to end the "violation of human rights" of the Kashmiri people and also to "implement the decades old UN Security Council resolutions for the settlement of the Kashmir dispute through a plebiscite.”