Pakistan’s Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Tuesday raised the deteriorating situation in Indian-administered Kashmir with U.N. Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.
They met on the sidelines of the Boao Forum for Asia. Abbasi highlighted “the mindless killing spree of innocent Kashmiris by Indian occupation forces,” his office said.
He expressed grave concern over the use of pellet guns by Indian forces, and said Pakistan seeks a just and peaceful resolution of the dispute, reflecting the wishes of the Kashmiri people, in accordance with U.N. Security Council resolutions.
The secretary-general’s office “must play its part in highlighting Indian atrocities being inflicted upon Kashmiris,” Abbasi’s office said.
He told Guterres that Pakistan has a zero-tolerance policy toward terrorism, and has achieved significant success in wiping terrorist elements on its soil.
Pakistan has made “huge sacrifices in the war against terrorism, that the world must take note of,” Abbasi said.
Guterres acknowledged Pakistan’s efforts regarding counterterrorism, humanitarian assistance to Afghan refugees, and U.N. peacekeeping operations. He stressed the need for serious dialogue regarding Kashmir.
Abbasi said the Boao Forum “has emerged as a leading platform shaping international discourse on Asia and its place in the world.”
He added: “Pakistan’s economy is growing at around 6 percent per annum, the highest in a decade… Our population of 207 million reflects immense human resource potential besides a large consumer base.”
He said: “Development and security remain intrinsically indivisible. Only by spreading the dividends of open trade and shared innovation will we be able to promote tolerance and amity and deny space to extremism.”
Abbasi added: “The China-Pakistan-Afghanistan trilateral framework is aimed at achieving these very objectives.”
He concluded with the Chinese saying: “The man who moves mountains begins by carrying away small stones.”
This article has been adapted from its original source.
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