Prime Minister Imran Khan on Wednesday praised outgoing United States President Donald Trump for his role in resuming peace dialogue in Afghanistan and expressed hope that president-elect Joe Biden would continue to follow the strategy of his predecessor in the war-torn country.
“Someone asked me about Trump’s achievements, I said restarting the peace process after years in Afghanistan was his greatest achievement. President Trump is doing a great job, ”he said while addressing the World Economic Forum’s Country Strategy Dialogue in Pakistan via video link.
PM Imran hopes Biden does not back down from the good job Trump is doing in Afghanistan.
He also warned of the destroyers of Afghanistan’s peace, saying that levels of violence had risen in neighboring countries. PM Imran said there was high hope that dialogue in Afghanistan would be successful.
Speaking about the resurgence of the Covid-19 cases in Pakistan, the prime minister said that the country is reaching the peak of both the virus and this time, the level of compliance. [of SOPs] of those lower than the first wave.
The prime minister said Pakistan could no longer lock down and the government had decided not to close factories and businesses because the consequences of locking down these sectors would be far more devastating than the coronavirus.
“Instead of locking down totally, we do smart locks so that the daily bets can continue to generate and feed their families,” said PM Imran.
He said that Pakistan was one of the lucky countries that was successful despite the Covid-19 pandemic. “We have carried out a number of reforms that have put our economy on the right track. Faisalabad is now manpower shortage as the textile business is expanding beyond capacity, “he added.
Talking about the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC), he said the project was not exclusive to China. “CPEC starts with a vision of connectivity, anyone can join CPEC,” he added.
Pakistan is modernizing its tracks with Chinese assistance, the prime minister said, adding that the ML-1 would link Karachi to Peshawar and the duration of the trip would be significantly shortened.
‘Urgent need for climate action’
Earlier, in a World Economic Forum Country Strategic Dialogue article on Pakistan 2020, the prime minister said that climate change is one of the global challenges facing our generation which has adverse economic, social and political impacts.
“The world has witnessed unprecedented floods, severe drought, increasing heat waves, spreading forest fires, and violent cyclone activity. All of this poses a real and real danger to humanity.”
He said that although no country is immune from the effects of climate change, most developing countries remain disproportionately affected by the negative impacts.
“Pakistan is an example of this, as it is situated at the geographic crossroads of melting glaciers, the monsoons that shift unexpectedly, and increased catastrophic activity triggered by climate change,” he added.
The prime minister said that despite Pakistan’s small contribution to global greenhouse gas emissions, it is the fifth most climate-affected country in the world, as shown by the Germanwatch Global Climate Risk Index, 2020.
“There is an urgent need to simultaneously increase ambition for climate action, while also building resilience and adapting to the inevitable impacts of climate change.”
He said that climate action by developing countries, however, must be based on established principles namely Equality and Common but Different Responsibilities and Respective Capabilities (CBDR-RC) – as agreed in the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change ( UNFCCC) and its Paris Agreement.
“It is also important that developing countries are supported with enhanced climate finance, the right technology transfer and supportive capacity building. In this regard, the pledge exists from developed countries to mobilize $ 100 billion annually in climate finance to countries. developing countries remain very important, but not yet met. “
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