Prime Minister Imran Khan addressed the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The highlight of his speech was intense criticism of India for its annexation of occupied Kashmir and the continued restrictions imposed in the region.
The premier began his speech by saying he feels honoured to represent Pakistan at the world forum.
He said he would not have come to the UN if he did not feel that some “urgent issues” needed to be addressed.
‘Resistance is our last choice’ PM Khan also told the world during his speech at UN session.
“Our country is among the top 10 nations in the world, which are most affected by climate change,” he said.
Pakistan being an agricultural country primarily, derives 80 per cent of its water from glaciers, said the premier, adding that the glaciers are melting at an alarming pace.
“I feel the UN must take leadership in this,” he said, adding that the great powers will have to step up.
Speaking on Kashmir, PM Imran said that the issue was the reason he came to the session and speak about what is happening in the occupied valley.
Under the guise of ‘Islamic terrorism’ India is inflicting more cruelty on the people of Kashmir, he said.
“There is no other narrative left for India,” said the PM, adding that there is another chance of a Pulwama-like incident to blame and ‘bomb’ Pakistan.
“India must lift this inhuman curfew,” said PM Imran, further saying that ‘picked-up persons’ from the valley should be released by India.
Due to these issues, eight million people under lockdown in the valley are likely to get radicalised, he said.
“I want to make one thing clear that when we came to power my first priority was that Pakistan would be a country which will try its best to bring peace,” he said.
“We went though a nightmare. 70,000 people were killed. No Pakistani was involved in 9/11. The Taliban was in Afghanistan, Al qaeda was in Afghanistan. When we came to power, we decided that we would dismantle what was left of these groups.”
The Pakistan prime minister raised the issue of corruption in poorer countries and billions of dollars being siphoned off to richer countries and tax havens.
“Every year, billions of dollars leave the poor countries and go to the rich countries. Billions of dollars are siphoned off from the poor countries. Mr president, this is devastating for the poorer countries,” he said.
Speaking on the menace of Islamophobia, the prime minister said that billions of Muslims are living as minorities in the western countries and since 9/11 the rise in Islamophobia is ‘alarming’.
PM Imran told the UN that there should be an understanding for other faiths, but they are seen as creating division among global population.
“Hijab has become an issue in some countries… it is seen as a weapon,” he said.
“There is no such thing as radical Islam,” said the prime minister, pointing out that all religions have individuals carrying out radical acts.