– Syed Hameed Shaheen Alvi
ISLAMABAD – Taking stock of the worsening situation in India-occupied Kashmir the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres is mulling the option of talking to senior officials from Pakistan and India on the scenario obtaining in Kashmir and will see how things can be improved on the ground, his spokesperson Mr Farhan Haq told media in UN Headquarters, reports reaching here said Friday.
Guterres “will talk to different officials if it helps (to) move the process along. That’s something that he is looking into. Beyond that, I have nothing new to say about the issue,” UN chief’s Deputy Spokesman Farhan Haq told reporters.
Farhan Haq made the remarks when he was asked at his daily press briefing about the situation in Kashmir and if Guterres has been able to understand the Kashmir dispute and would he be talking to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to start a dialogue with Pakistan.
It may be recalled that Kashmir Peace Institute last week had also petitioned the UN Secretary General via email to his Spokesperson Mr Farhan Haq to take immediate notice of the worsening human rights violations in India occupied Kashmir. Almost daily a youth is being killed by trigger happy forces there.
When newsmen asked if there is a timeline as to when the UN chief will talk to leaders from the two countries, Haq said as with any number of long-running situations, there are “a lot of complex issues” that need to be examined.
The UN Chief “will look into the issue, and certainly, he will try to see what can be done to improve the situation on the ground,” Haq asserted.