NEW YORK – With Kashmir excessive on his agenda, Prime Minister Imran Khan arrived in New York Saturday to steer the Pakistan delegation to the 74th session of the United Nations Basic Meeting (UNGA), the place he’ll enunciate Islamabad’s place on key international and regional points earlier than one of many largest gatherings of leaders from around the globe.
He was acquired at New York’s Kennedy worldwide airport by Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Dr Maleeha Lodhi, Ambassador to the USA Asad Majeed Khan, and officers of the Pakistan Mission to the UN and the consulate common right here.
The prime minister was accompanied by International Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi, Adviser to the Prime Minister on Finance Hafeez Shaikh, Particular Assistant to the Prime Minister for Abroad Pakistanis Syed Zulfiqar Abbas Bukhari and International Secretary Sohail Mahmood.
Imran Khan will undergo a decent schedule throughout his seven-day go to, holding a number of bilateral conferences along with his counterparts, together with US President Donald Trump, and taking part in high-level UN summits on local weather change, sustainable growth, common well being protection and financing for growth.
He’s set to particularly concentrate on the deteriorating scenario within the occupied Kashmir, notably the grave violations of human rights happen there, since August 5 when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi moved to annex the disputed state. The territory continues to be beneath army siege with phone and web connections lower off, and hundreds of Kashmiri individuals languishing in jails, and their leaders beneath detention.In Saudi Arabia, the place he was on a go to earlier than coming to New York, the prime minister expressed deep concern over the plight of the Kashmiri individuals, and mentioned he would elevate the Kashmir problem forcefully on the United Nations.
He’s anticipated to make a clarion name on the worldwide neighborhood and the United Nations to dwell as much as their promise of the best to self-determination of the individuals of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with the related UN Safety Council resolutions.
Throughout his go to, the prime minister will even attend and communicate at high-level facet occasions co-hosted by Pakistan and Turkey on countering hate speech, and on environmental safety and poverty alleviation, co-hosted by Malaysia and Pakistan. A trilateral summit assembly of Pakistan, Malaysia and Turkey might be held on the Basic Meeting session’s sidelines.
Other than these engagements, the prime minister will work together with worldwide media shops, together with conferences with editorial boards. Talking engagements at main think-tanks, together with the Council on International Relations and the Asia Society, and conferences with heads of main worldwide human rights organisations are on his schedule.
The prime minister will ship his handle to the 193-member Meeting on Friday, September 27, sharing Pakistan’s perspective and place on the Jammu and Kashmir dispute, and its present human rights and associated dimensions. He will even avail the chance to articulate Pakistan’s perspective on some key modern points. Total, the centrality of the Jammu and Kashmir dispute might be emphasised by way of myriad of engagements.
Pakistan has all the time been a powerful advocate of and one of many main contributors to the United Nations work within the areas of peace, safety and growth, an announcement from the Prime Minister Home in Islamabad identified. “The prime minister’s go to will additional reinforce Pakistan’s abiding dedication to the UN Constitution, worldwide legislation and cooperative multilateralism, with the UN at its core,” it mentioned.
Imran Khan will be part of a galaxy of leaders from around the globe on Tuesday when the UN Basic Meeting begins its annual debate to debate problems with peace and safety, with Pakistan’s Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi saying that the Pakistani chief might be on ‘Mission Kashmir’ in New York.
“His focus will clearly be Kashmir and he’ll spotlight the plight of the Kashmiri individuals who proceed to endure a suffocating lockdown and a brutal occupation,” she mentioned in an interview forward of PM Khan’s arrival.
“Prime minister Khan would be the voice of the Kashmiri individuals on the UN,” Ambassador Lodhi declared. “His go to has already aroused nice curiosity among the many worldwide neighborhood and the media,” she added.