Secretary-General of the United Nations António Guterres is due on Feb,16 for a four days visit and he will be accompanied by the 14-member UN delegation. He will attend a three-days refugee conference “40 years of Afghan Refugees Presence in Pakistan: A New Partnership for Solidarity”, starting from Feb,17 in Islamabad.
The Secretary-General is also expected to visit the Kartarpur Corridor in Punja Sahib where devotees of Guru Nanak come to pay homage in Pakistan from India.
The visit by the United Nations Secretary-General to the Kartarpur Corridor will be an opportunity to acknowledge Pakistan’s efforts in maintaining peace in the region
According to a statement by the Foreign Office (FO), Guterres’s other engagements will include interactions with parliamentarians, media, and the youth.
Moreover, he will also deliver special talks on themes of sustainable development, climate change, and peacekeeping.
Pakistan is an important ally of UNHCR in dealing with refugees
Currently, about 2.5 million Afghans live in Pakistan. Pakistan and the United Nations. According to the communique, the meeting will provide an opportunity to highlight the “exemplary compassion, generosity and hospitality exhibited by Pakistan, in hosting one of the largest refugee populations in the world”.
The United Nations acknowledges Pakistan’s efforts in dealing with the refugees especially coming in from Afghanistan during Afghan war in the 1970s.
UN Secretary-General lauded Pakistan’s efforts for peace
However, it is worth mentioning that the UNSG Antonio Guitars lauded Pakistan in its efforts for peace gesture by the Kartarpur Corridor initiative. Akin to him, the international peace-loving nations and representatives appreciated Pakistan’s efforts in promoting peace in the region.
The visit by the United Nations Secretary-General to the Kartarpur Corridor will be an opportunity to acknowledge Pakistan’s efforts in maintaining peace in the region. It is noteworthy that Pakistan initiated Kartarpur Corridor in order to facilitate Sikh community visiting Guru Naka in Pakistan. This corridor has also opened new avenues for increasing trade between businessmen on both sides of the border.
Antonio Guiterus, United Nations Secretary-General will call on Pakistan president Arif Alvi, prime minister Imran Khan and other parliamentarians in Islamabad. Notably, the visit is accompanied by the 14-member delegation.