Prime Minister Imran Khan has addressed the 75th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session virtually on Friday.
PM Khan on smart lockdown:
While addressing, PM Khan highlighted the Kashmir Issue once again on the international platform. The primer also discussed how Pakistan has dealt with the coronavirus pandemic.
“Peace is needed to give rights to citizens, We opted for the smart lockdown to save our people from Covid, Government policies aim to increase living standards of citizens, A new arms race is underway between the new opposition forces,” said PM Khan.
Speaking about the smart lockdown policy by the government, Prime Minister said that Pakistan has opened the agriculture and construction sector. PM also credited the Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programmer and other policies of the government for tackling the COVID-19 pandemic, however, PM also warned that Pakistan was not yet “out of the woods”.
“We are not yet out of the woods like no country is out of the woods yet.”
Imran Khan also spoke against the flow of illegal financing from the developing countries to the developed ones. He said,
“If this policy continues, it will accentuate the difference between the rich and the poor.”
He went on to say that,
“Eventually, it will spark off a bigger global crisis, a far bigger global crisis than the migration crisis poses.”
The Prime Minister of Pakistan has called upon the UN “to take the lead in efforts to build a global framework, to stem the illicit financial flows and ensure speedy repatriation of stolen wealth”.
“It is important to realize that the aid that flows from the rich to the developing world is minuscule compared to the massive outflows by our corrupt elites,” he added.
PM Khan on Islamophobia:
During his virtual speech at the UNGA session, the premier also touched the issue of Islamophobia. He condemned the rising incidents of burning the Holy Quran and the blasphemous publication materials against the Holy Prophet (PBUH).
“Muslims continue to be targeted with impunity in many countries,” he said. “Our shrines are being destroyed, our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) insulted, the Holy Quran burnt, and all this in the name of freedom of speech.”
PM Imran on Climate Change:
Imran Khan said that the carbon emission was very low by Pakistan when one considered many countries in the world, somehow, Pakistan was one of the most affected countries by climate change.
PM Khan said that the Pakistani government has launched a campaign to plant 10 billion trees over the next three years to combat climate change.
Imran Khan called on the world leaders to follow the Paris agreement on climate change.
“Commitments made through the Paris agreement must be fulfilled, in particular, the commitment to mobilize $100billion annually as climate finance,” he said.
PM Khan Warns India:
While addressing the UNGA session, PM Khan warned India against carrying out any misadventure, he said,
“It will be met by a nation that is ready to fight till the end for its freedom.”
He went on to say that India follows the extremist ideology that believes India is only for Hindus and people from other religions are not equal citizens.
“While the Nazis’ hate was directed at the Jews, the RSS directs it at the Muslims, and to a lesser extent, the Christians.”
“The secularism of Gandhi and Nehru has been replaced by the dream of creating a Hindu Rashtra, by subjugating, even cleansing India’s 200 million Muslims and other minorities,” he added.
PM Imran spoke about the RSS’s attempt to destroy the Babri Masjid and the killing of 2,000 Muslims in the Gujarat riots.
“And this was [Gujarat massacre] under the watch of chief minister Modi,” he said.
PM Khan on India Targeting Minorities:
The premier also talks about India’s discrimination against Muslims during the coronavirus pandemic. He highlighted that the Indian government had blamed the minorities for spreading coronavirus and they were not provided medical treatment on many occasions.
“Last February, Muslims faced target killings with police complicity in Delhi,” he said.
PM Imran said that the Hindutva ideology sought to persecute 300 million Muslims, Christians, and Sikhs.
PM Khan on Kashmir Issue:
PM Imran rose his voice against Kashmir Issue. He said that Indian had occupied Kashmir against the commitments, made to the people of Kashmir and the world on August 5 2019.
“About 13,000 Kashmiri youth were incarcerated and thousands tortured [since the August 5 move],” he said. “Indian occupation forces have used brute force including pellet guns against peaceful protesters,” he added.
“The Kashmiri media and those daring to raise their voices are being systematically harassed through draconian laws,” PM Khan.
PM Khan asked the international community to ask the Indian civil and military personnel for their “crimes against humanity” in occupied Kashmir.
According to the PM, India was trying to obliterate the distinct Kashmiri identity by altering its demographic areas, to escape the plebiscite which is in line with the UN resolutions.
“This action is in violation of the UN charter, [Security] Council resolutions and international law, particularly the 4th Geneva Convention,” he said. “Changing the demographic structure of an occupied territory is a war crime.”
The Prime Minister praised the valor of Kashmirs saying that “generation after generation of Kashmiris have laid down their lives to rid themselves of Indian occupation” and said the people of Kashmir will never bow down in front of India.
“The government of Pakistan is committed to standing by its Kashmiri brothers and sisters in their legitimate struggle for self-determination,” he said.
PM Khan warned in the UNGA session that India was playing a “dangerous game” by increasing the military ante against Pakistan to divert the world’s attention in a nuclearised environment.
Khan said if the Indian government, led by the fascist RSS, decided to commit any misadventure against Pakistan, it will have to face the Pakistani nation that is always ready to fight for Pakistan till their last breath.
Imran Khan stressed that until the issue of Occupied Kashmir is not resolved, the durable peace in South Asia will not be possible. He said the IOJK issue should be resolved on the basis of international legitimacy, highlighting that Kashmir is a nuclear flashpoint.