Prime Minister Imran Khan on Tuesday called for mutual respect for all religions and beliefs during the Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) Summit 2020 via video link.
According to the details, PM Khan has urged the Council of Heads of State (SCO-CHS) to ensure religious freedom.
“Some countries are raising allegations for their political mileage by using the name of religion”, PM Khan said. “It’s critical to address terrorism in all its forms,” Imran Khan said. “We welcome the SCO’s data security initiative, especially China’s initiative.”.
“We must also continue to steadfastly oppose extremist and xenophobic tendencies — including racist ideologies.”
Imran Khan highlighted Pakistan’s sacrifices in the war against terror. He said Pakistan suffered huge human and financial loss and always condemned terrorism in every form.
On Afghan conflict, he said that Pakistan has always welcomed the political solution of the Afghan conflict and added that it mediated to bring the US and the Taliban on the table for the talks.
PM Imran Khan stressed upon the SCO-CHS to keep a close eye on the elements who are trying to disturb peace talks in Afghanistan.
Commenting on the after-effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the premier maintained that nearly 50 million people have lost their lives after the breakout of the deadly virus across the world.
The economies of the world suffered a huge-blow after the lockdown, PM Imran Khan said and underlined the need for joint efforts to curb the pandemic.
PM also urged the forum to ensure the delivery of coronavirus vaccine across the world at a reasonable rate.
Speaking on the national economy, Imran Khan continued that his government was particularly focused on alleviating poverty in Pakistan. “We are thankful to all the SCO members for helping us,” he said.
The platform is an important forum for further enriching deep-rooted historical and cultural links with member states, providing these ties a sound economic foundation, and promoting Pakistan as a regional trade and transit corridor.
The Prime Minister said we stress on the implementation of United Nations resolutions in maintaining peace around the world. In this regard world nations should condemn the Indian unilateral actions in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir that can disrupt the regional as well as global peace.
Since becoming a member in 2017, Pakistan has been actively contributing to the promotion SCO’s multi-sectoral agenda through participation in various SCO mechanisms.
Besides Pakistan, SCO’s current membership comprises China, Russia, India, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan.
The SCO members—China, India, Russia, Pakistan and four Central Asian states—represent approximately 42% of the world’s population and 20% of global GDP. The bloc is perceived as a counterweight to NATO and is primarily concerned with issues pertaining to trans-regional security.