President Dr Arif Alvi has reaffirmed the country’s commitment to the Inter-Parliamentary Union’s for the cause of peace, democracy, human rights, gender equality, youth empowerment and sustainable development through political dialogue, cooperation and parliamentary action.
He expressed these views while talking to Duarte Pacheco, President of the Inter-Parliamentary Union, who called on him, at Aiwan-e-Sadr Tuesday.
Talking to the delegation, the president said that Pakistan had high expectations of IPU, particularly with regard to playing a key role in the resolution of conflict and upholding human rights in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK). He expressed the hope that IPU would take notice of the ongoing Islamophobia in India and the increasing persecution and intimidation of Muslims in India.
While discussing the magnitude of recent floods in Pakistan, the president said that the recent devastating floods in Pakistan were a wake-up call to the world to take serious, meaningful and effective measures and actions on war footing to reduce carbon emissions to prevent the devastation caused by climate change in many parts of the world, especially in Pakistan.
The president said that Pakistan alone cannot shoulder the gigantic task of rehabilitation of 33 million flood victims and reconstructing millions of houses and vital infrastructure. He appealed to the developed world to come forward and help Pakistan to cope with the devastation caused by global-warming-induced super floods.
Duarte Pacheco offered his sincere condolences on the death of flood victims and expressed his concerns over the destruction of infrastructure in most parts of the country.