Daunting task at UNGA

PRIME Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi would lead Pakistan’s delegation at the 72nd session of the UN General Assembly in New York, affording him an opportunity to engage multilaterally and bilaterally to put across country’s point of view on important issues of interest to Pakistan as well as international community. Though there is no confirmation as yet about his meetings on the sidelines of the session but it is understood that he will meet a number of world leaders as well as the UN Secretary-General besides having media engagements.
UN General Assembly session provides a unique opportunity to every country and heads of delegations to advance national interests from this forum as leaders and representatives from 193 member countries of the UN attend the moot. If properly and meticulously planned, the occasion serves as a substitute to a number of bilateral visits and also put the country’s perspective on important issues in a positive manner. The current session is taking place in the backdrop of changing global scenario, threats and challenges to peace and security in South Asia especially in the context of new American strategy for Afghanistan and the region, unprecedented human rights violations by Indian forces in Occupied Kashmir, genocide of Rohingya Muslims in Rakhine state of Myanmar, renewed focus on terrorism and mounting tension on Korean peninsula. According to Foreign Office, Pakistan would continue its constructive role and engagement at the UN with a view to protecting and promoting its national interests, including on core issues such as Jammu and Kashmir, reform of the Security Council, counter-terrorism, human rights, peacekeeping, and a host of development and other matters. We hope that Pakistan delegation has done the necessary homework to portray country’s point of view on the war on terror and implications of new US Afghanistan and South Asia strategy for regional peace and stability, remove misperceptions about Pakistan’s role and contribution, enlist support of global community for efforts to safeguard rights of Kashmiris and Rohingyas and counter propaganda against Pakistan’s nuclear programme. It is also an opportunity to apprise the world about gross Indian interference in the internal affairs of Pakistan, misuse of Afghan soil for sponsoring acts of terror and sabotage in Pakistan and destabilisation of the country through a network of agents, Kulbhushan being part of the chain. It is also expected that during interaction with American interlocutors, Abbasi and Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif would be able to effectively convey the sentiments of Pakistani people who again feel betrayed by a U-turn in Washington’s policies.

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