Political settlement only way forward, says PM Imran Khan

By: News Desk      Published: 05:07 AM, 25 Sep, 2021
Political settlement only way forward, says PM Imran Khan

Prime Minister Imran Khan has reiterated Pakistan's peace resolve and stressed the need for joint efforts for lasting peace.

Delivering his virtual address to the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly, the prime minister took up Indian atrocities in Kashmir, Afghanistan issue, covid crisis, climate change, Islamophobia and illicit financial flows. He stressed that political settlement is the way forward. 

He explained how the Indian government has been doing extrajudicial killings, massacre of Muslims and other barbaric acts. 

He insisted India must reverse its unilateral and illegal measures instituted since August 5, 2019, stop its oppression and human rights violations against the people of Kashmir and undo the demographic changes in the occupied territory.

About Afghanistan, he said the only way forward when it comes to Afghanistan is to strengthen and stabilise the current government.

He said this is imperative for the sake of the people of Afghanistan.

The premier went on: "Right now the whole international community should think what is the way ahead. There are two paths that we can take. 

"If we neglect Afghanistan right now, according to the UN half the people of Afghanistan are already vulnerable, and by next year almost 90% of the people in Afghanistan will go below the poverty line. 

"There is a huge humanitarian crisis looming ahead. And this will have serious repercussions not just for the neighbours of Afghanistan but everywhere.

"A destabilised, chaotic Afghanistan will again become a safe haven for international terrorists … this is why the US came to Afghanistan in the first place.

"Therefore, there is only one way to go. We must strengthen and stabilise the current government, for the sake of the people of Afghanistan."

Coronavirus crisis 

The prime minister said the virus does not discriminate between nations and people, nor do the catastrophes imposed by uncertain weather patterns.

He said the common threats faced by the world today not only expose the fragility of the international system but also underscore the oneness of humanity.

He listed Pakistan's protective measures to combat covid, saying the country has so far successful contained it.

"Our collaborated strategy of smart lockdowns helped saved lives and livelihood and kept the economy afloat," he said, also highlighting the social-safety Ehsaas Programme, which he said helped 15 million families survive.

Climate change 

He called climate change one of the primary existential threats that the world faces today. He said although Pakistan's contribution to global emissions is negligible, it is among the 10 countries that are most vulnerable to the effects of climate change. He said "Pakistan could not survive the repercussions of Afghan war without its most disciplined army and one of the best intelligence agencies,"