We are hopeful Pak-India dialogue can happen: UN

(190118) — UNITED NATIONS, Jan. 18, 2019 (Xinhua) — UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres addresses a press conference at the UN headquarters in New York, on Jan. 18, 2019. Guterres on Friday strongly condemned the car bombing at a police academy in the Colombian capital of Bogota, which caused heavy casualties. (Xinhua/Li Muzi)

United Nations, September 28 (KMS): The United Nations has expressed the hope that dialogue will take place between Pakistan and India to resolve the Kashmir dispute and other bilateral issues.

Referring to the heated exchange of remarks by the representatives of the two countries after Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan raised the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in his address to the 76the UN General Assembly session on Friday, Stephane Dujarric, spokesperson for UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres, said, “We heard the remarks, and I think, despite the tone and the content of the remarks, we always remain hopeful that dialogue can happen, maybe in a place that is not under the spotlights, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said at the daily press briefing.

Dujarric was responding to a question that in the wake of the heated exchanges witnessed between India and Pakistan during the high level UN General Assembly session last week, is the UN concerned about peace in the region and if the Secretary General is planning to speak to leaders of the two countries.

Imran Khan, in his address, had spoken about the August 5, 2019 decision of the Indian government on the abrogation of Article 370 as well as the forced and besieged burial of veteran Kashmiri leader Syed Ali Gilani.