Ban ki-Moon wishes Nawaz Sharif well

Jun 11, 2013

ISLAMABAD: Welcoming Pakistan’s first ever transition from one civilian government to another, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon, in his congratulatory message to Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif, expressed his confidence that under his leadership, Pakistan would build on its democratic achievements.

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This has been the strongest message of support that Sharif has received these past few days from the world over, in which the UN chief lays great emphasis on Pakistan’s contribution towards Afghanistan.

According to the office of Pakistan’s Permanent Representative’s statement, Moon said: “I look forward to working closely with your Government to find a better and more effective ways to meet some of the more pressing challenges facing the international community at this moment.”

Welcoming Pakistan’s support for regional cooperation, the secretary general said he was looking forward to working with the prime minister and welcomes Pakistan’s support for regional cooperation, particularly as it contributes to supporting stability and reconciliation in Afghanistan.

The UN chief made a special mention of the fact that he was confident that Sharif would ensure women’s empowerment, advancement of human rights, and progress towards the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs), the eight targets agreed to by the world leaders in 2000 to improve people’s lives around the world.

“By exercising their constitutional right to vote, the people of Pakistan have reaffirmed their desire for and commitment to a democratic Pakistan and their respect for the constitution. This is a significant step forward for democracy in the country,” wrote the Secretary General.

He also praised Pakistan’s “active and constructive” role in the United Nations, especially its contribution to the peacekeeping operations.“The status of Pakistan as one of the largest troop contributors to peacekeeping operations and its membership in the Security Council are testament to this,” he said.

“I am certain that, under your leadership, the partnership that has been built over the years between Pakistan and the United Nations will continue to grow as we strive to fulfill the expectation of Member States and their citizens for peace, progress and prosperity.” (Courtesy: The News)