United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres along with his delegation on a two-day visit arrived in Lahore. He was received by Punjab Finance Minister Hashim Jawan Bakht and other senior government officials at the Allama Iqbal International Airport on Tuesday.
During his stay in Lahore, the UN secretary-general will attend various functions and visit some historic places in the city including Shahi Qila and Badshahi Mosque. A dinner will also be arranged in his honor at the Shahi Qila. The secretary-general also paid a visit to the Gurdwara at Kartarpur.
Minister of Religious Affairs Pir Noorul Haq Qadri accompanied the UN secretary-general on the visit. During his visit, the UN secretary-general was given a special briefing on the development of the Kartarpur corridor. Guterres was then taken on a tour of the gurdwara.
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Inside the temple, he met various Sikh religious leaders, Guterres visited the on-site soup kitchen at the gurdwara, where a traditional meal of rice and lentils was served. The kitchen caters to all Sikh pilgrims visiting the Gurdwara, providing them with free meals as is the tradition in all Sikh temples.
The UN chief is currently on a four-day visit to Pakistan during which he held meetings with Prime Minister Imran Khan and Chief of Army Staff General Qamar Bajwa. The premier apprised the secretary-general about Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir.
Matters of mutual interest concerning Pakistan and the UN also came under discussion. During the meeting, Guterres said the United Nations’ resolutions on occupied Kashmir should be implemented.
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28 March, 2020