Pakistan seeks peace with all neighbours, including India: PM Shefaz at UN

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United Nations, Sep 23 (PTI): Pakistan wants peace with all its neighbors including India, but lasting peace and stability in South Asia will depend on a just and lasting solution to the Kashmir issue, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said. Friday.

In his speech at the high-level UN General Assembly session, Shebaz said India’s “illegal and unilateral” actions on August 5, 2019 to change the special status of Jammu and Kashmir further undermined prospects for peace and fueled regional tensions.

“Pakistan needs a stable external environment. We seek peace with all neighboring countries including India. “However, sustainable peace and stability in South Asia continues to depend on a just and lasting solution to the Jammu and Kashmir issue,” he said.

“I think it’s time for India to get this message across loud and clear, both countries are up in arms. War is not an option. It is not an option. Only peaceful dialogues can solve these problems so that the world becomes more peaceful in the future,” he said.

India has repeatedly told Pakistan that Jammu and Kashmir “was, is and always will” be an integral part of the country. India has said it wants normal neighborly relations with Pakistan in an environment free of terrorism, hostility and violence.

Relations between India and Pakistan broke down after New Delhi abrogated Article 370 of the Constitution.

India’s decision provoked strong reactions from Pakistan, which cut diplomatic ties and expelled the Indian ambassador.

Shebaz said New Delhi has increased its military presence in Jammu and Kashmir, making it the “most militarized zone in the world”.

He said the people of Pakistan have always stood in full solidarity with Kashmiris and will continue to do so.

He said he was ready to sit down and talk with “our Indian counterparts” to move forward into the future to spend our resources to alleviate suffering and build structures to deal with these “floods and cloudbursts so that our generations do not suffer.” “I assured the world forum that we in Pakistan remain steadfast in our commitment to peace in South Asia. India must take reasonable steps to create an environment for constructive engagement,” he said.

“We are neighbours, we are forever. The choice is ours. Do we live in peace or keep fighting each other. We have had three wars since 1947. As a result, misery, poverty and unemployment have only increased on both sides,” he added.

India and Pakistan should not waste their resources in buying more ammunition and trying to create tension, Shebaz said.

“It is now up to us to resolve our differences, our problems or peaceful neighbors through peaceful negotiations and discussions and save our scarce resources to improve education and health and employment for millions of people,” he said.

On Afghanistan, he said, isolating the Afghan interim government at this stage would worsen the suffering of the already helpless Afghan people.

The Pakistani leader began his speech by talking about the devastating floods in his country and “at ground zero of this climate change”, 33 million people, including women and children, are at high risk of health hazards.

650,000 women have given birth in makeshift tarpaulins, and more than 1500 have died, including more than 400 children.

“The indisputable fact is that this disaster was not triggered by anything we did… What happened in Pakistan will not stay in Pakistan,” he said.

Ensuring rapid economic growth and lifting millions of people from poverty and hunger is Pakistan’s urgent priority, Shehbaz said, stressing that to enable such policy momentum, Pakistan needs a stable external environment.

On terrorism, Shebaz said Pakistan shares the international community’s major concern over the threat posed by major terrorist groups operating from Afghanistan, particularly ISIL-K, TTP, as well as Al Qaeda, ETIM and IMU.

“All of them should be dealt with effectively and comprehensively with the support and cooperation of the interim Afghan authorities,” he said.

UN Security Council and General Assembly are the UN. Stating that they should be empowered to play their respective roles under the Charter, he said the Security Council should be expanded by adding 11 new non-permanent members. Effective and responsible.

The addition of new permanent members would “freeze” the Council’s decision-making, creating new centers of privilege that would violate the principle of sovereign equality. PTI YAS/MRJ AKJ MRJ

(This story was published as part of an auto-generated syndicated wire feed. No edits to headline or content were made by ABP Live.)

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