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Ban Ki-moon asks India and Pakistan to resolve LoC tension situation peacefully

Islamabad, Aug 13 (): UN chief Ban Ki-moon has arrived in Pakistan on a two-day official visit to the country. In his visit, he has urged India and Pakistan to resolve the recent misunderstanding between them following the August 6 Line-of-Control incident that killed five Indian soldiers.

A UN statement said he would meet with Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari and Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif. During his visit, Ban will also discuss steps for polio eradication and promotion of education, especially women’s education, with Pakistani leadership.

Ban will  be attending the country’s Independence Day celebration along with meeting the top leadership. During the Pakistan’s Independence Day celebrations on Wednesday, he will highlight the country’s role as one of the largest contributors of troops and police to UN peacekeeping missions.

Addressing the inauguration of International Centre for Peace and Stability here at the National University of Science and Technology, the UN Secretary General said every effort should be made to avoid civilian casualties in the use of armed drones. He further added that the history of UN’s peacekeeping efforts was incomplete without mentioning Pakistan’s immense contribution for peace and security.

Tensions along the LoC were a “long-standing issue” and UN military observers had been “trying to prevent any conflict (across) the LoC”, Ban said. He also expected the Indian and Pakistani leadership to “continue their dialogue, to create some confidence-building measures”.

When asked if he could help India and Pakistan reach a settlement, Ban said he could play a role only if both countries agreed on his mediation.

Despite the Kashmir tensions, the UN said in a statement that the visit of Ban to Pakistan would also focus on education measures. The statement further said that in line with Malala Day last month, he would meet with students in Islamabad to discuss efforts to promote and expand quality education for all.