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Pak PM Nawaz Sharif to highlight Kashmir issue at UNGAC

Updated: Sep 16, 2016 18:41 IST

Islamabad [Pakistan], Sept. 16 (ANI): Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif is set to raise the issue of 'human right violations' in Jammu and Kashmir in the 71st Session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York later this month.

"The Prime Minister will specifically focus on the current situation particularly the continuing grave violations of human rights by India in Jammu and Kashmir. He will call upon the international community and the United Nations to live up to their promise of the right to self-determination of the people of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council resolutions," a statement by Pakistan's Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

Sharif will also participate in the High-Level Meeting of the General Assembly to address Large Movements of Refugees and Migrants (19 September) and the Leaders' Summit on Refugees convened by President Obama (20 September).

"Pakistan will avail of these high level meetings to highlight its tremendous contribution to the cause of refugees as the host of the world's largest protracted refugee situation, and urge the international community to devote adequate political attention and support for the voluntary repatriation of Afghan refugees from Pakistan and their sustainable reintegration in Afghanistan," the statement said.

On the sidelines of the UNGA, Prime Minister Sharif will hold bilateral meetings with a number of world leaders, including the UN Secretary-General and is also likely to interact with business leaders and select members of the media.

Asserting that Pakistan is a great advocate of multilateralism and the United Nations to promote collective responses to the multifaceted challenges of global peace, security and development, the statement added that Islamabad would continue its constructive role and engagement at the UN with a view to protecting and promoting our national interests.

"Including on core issues such as Jammu & Kashmir, reform of the Security Council, counter-terrorism, human rights, peacekeeping, and a host of development and other matters," the statement said. (ANI)

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