Nawaz raises Kashmir issue with UN Secretary General

United Nations: Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has sought the intervention of United Nations to conduct plebiscite in Jammu and Kashmir and to resolve the longest standing issue between the two nuclear countries, Pakistani media reported.

In his meeting with UN Ban Ki-moon in New York on Sunday, Nawaz called for plebiscite for resolution of the longstanding issue of Jammu and Kashmir. He also raised the issue of “ceasefire violation” by India on the Line of Control and the Working Boundary with the UN secretary-general.

He urged the UN chief to play his role in ending “unprovoked ceasefire violation” by India.

The prime minister said Pakistan seeks to have new relationship with Afghanistan. Pakistan is ready to assist Afghanistan in the process of reconciliation when asked.

However, Ban’s spokesman said in a statement that during their meeting “the secretary-general stressed the necessity for Pakistan and India to continue their peaceful dialogue”.

The statement said that they also discussed “the fight against terrorism and violent extremism” and that Ban also asked Pakistan “to continue engaging Afghanistan in order to help stabilize the country”.