Pakistan PM Shehbaz Sharif calls for peace with India at UN General Assembly

24 September, 2022 | Pranay Lad

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Shehbaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, spoke at the UN General Assembly on Pakistan’s desire for peace with India but also raised the Kashmir problem. “We seek peace with all o...

Shehbaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, spoke at the UN General Assembly on Pakistan’s desire for peace with India but also raised the Kashmir problem.

“We seek peace with all of our neighbours, including India; yet, enduring peace and security in South Asia remain reliant on a fair settlement of the Jammu and Kashmir conflict.” Regarding Kashmir, India has maintained its steadfast stance that the entire Union territory is an essential component of India.

“India must act in a trustworthy manner to foster a climate that fosters positive engagement.

Shehbaz Sharif, the prime minister of Pakistan, remarked at the UNGA, “We are neighbours and we will be there forever. The option is ours whether we live in peace or keep on warring with each other.

Since 1947, we have fought three wars, and as a result, suffering, poverty, and unemployment have multiplied on both sides. It is now up to us to settle our disputes, difficulties, and challenges via amicable talks and negotiations,” he continued.

While speaking at the 77th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) session in New York, the United States, he delivered these remarks.

Shehbaz Sharif also spoke extensively about Pakistan’s situation in the wake of the disastrous floods that struck the nation. “More than 1500 members of my people—including more than 400 children—have perished in this massive flood. Many more people are at risk of illness and starvation. Millions of climate migrants are still searching for dry ground to set up camp on as we speak.”

The prime minister stated that he was attending the UNGA “to tell the world Pakistan’s narrative.” Sharif called the situation in Pakistan “a narrative of tremendous grief and pain emerging out of a massive human catastrophe caused by floods” and added that it “calls for the world’s prompt attention.”

Despite a restart of the IMF accord, it is projected that the exceptional floods in Pakistan inflicted losses of USD 18 billion and worsened macroeconomic fundamentals.

The crisis has caused the displacement of up to eight million people, and the UN, along with the authorities and partners, has continued to scramble to provide vitally needed relief supplies to the impacted communities.

Nearly 600,000 of the 7.6 million people who have been displaced by the floods in Pakistan are now living in relief camps, according to UNHCR.

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