Pakistan welcomes statement by UN Chief on Kashmir, terms it as its diplomatic victory

ISLAMABAD, Pakistan: The Prime Minister’s Special Assistant on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan has welcomed the statement given by the United Nations Secretary General Antonio Guterres on Kashmir dispute. 

In his statement, the UN Chief said that he has been following the situation in Jammu and Kashmir with concern and makes an appeal for maximum restraint. He said that the position of the United Nations on this region is governed by the Charter of the United Nations and applicable UN Security Council resolutions.

In her tweet on Friday, Dr Firdous said that the UN secretary general accepted Pakistan’s long standing position that Kashmir is a disputed territory and this dispute can only be solved according to UN resolutions. She said that this is a diplomatic victory of Pakistan.

Firdous Ashiq Awan  said that this shows confidence of the United Nations and also of World Community on the principled stand taken by Prime Minister Imran Khan that his government will go to any extent in support of Kashmiri people to get them their right of self-determination according to UN resolutions and wishes of Kashmiri people.

The UN secretary general also voiced concerned over reports of restrictions on the Indian-side of Kashmir, which could exacerbate the human rights situation in the region. He called on all parties to refrain from taking steps that could affect the status of Jammu and Kashmir.