PM raises Kashmir, Palestine and climate change issues in UNGA address

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ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday said Pakistan will continue to raise voice for Kashmir cause, peace in Palestine and atrocities against Muslims around the world.

Prime Minister Imran Khan urged the UN Security Council to protect the Kashmiris from “an impending genocide by India” and warned that there would be no durable peace and stability in South Asia until the Jammu and Kashmir dispute was resolved on the basis of international legitimacy.


Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Imran Khan said India in an attempt to divert the world’s attention from its actions in Jammu and Kashmir was upping the military ante against Pakistan.

Building upon his last year’s address where he spoke about the gross human rights violations in the Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, the prime minister said Kashmir had been rightly described as a “nuclear flash point”.

“The Security Council must prevent a disastrous conflict and secure the implementation of its own resolutions as it did in the case of East Timor,” Imran Khan told the 193-member world body.

The prime minister said illegal annexations of the Palestinian territory, the building of illegal settlements and the imposition of inhuman living conditions on the Palestinian people, especially in Gaza, could bring peace to a troubled region.

The two-state solution – in line with the UN General Assembly and Security Council resolutions, within the internationally agreed parameters, i.e. pre-1967 borders, and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as the capital of a united, contiguous and independent Palestinian state.

“Palestine remains a ‘festering wound’, a just and lasting settlement was indispensable, for the Middle East and actually the world,” he said in a virtual address to the 75th Session of the United Nations General Assembly being held in New York.

Speaking about his government’s smart lockdown policy, the prime minister said that Pakistan opened up the agriculture and construction sector. 

He credited the government’s Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme and other policies towards steering Pakistan out of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the prime minister cautioned 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,” he said, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

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