Pak needs 'accountable, civilian-led democracy': UN chief
ED NATIONS - Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon Friday stressed accountable, civilian-led democracy for Pakistans stability, and pledged UN support for furthering the democratic transformation of the country.
In a message to the Friends of Democratic Pakistan Ministerial Meeting in Brussels meeting Friday, Ban reaffirmed UN support for the groups process, which provides a comprehensive framework for reviewing progress across the political, strategic and reform agenda.
Reform is crucial for strengthening peace and stability in the border areas and in preventing future conflict, he said. I continue to urge the international community to support Pakistans efforts to implement the recommendations of the Post Crisis Needs Assessment exercise.
The message was read out at the Brussels meeting by Lynn Pascoe, the UN Under-Secretary-General for Political Affairs, according to the text of the message released at UN Headquarters in New York. The United Nations will also stand with Pakistan in facing the challenge of violent extremism and in furthering the democratic transformation of the country. Accountable, civilian-led democracy is critical for the stability of Pakistan, the region and the wider world, the UN chief added.