New York/Islamabad, 9 September 2022 (TDI): The Foreign Minister of Pakistan, Bilawal Bhutto Zardari addressed the High-Level Ministerial Session of the United Nations (UN) Global Congress of Victims of Terrorism on 8 September 2022.

Remarks of the Foreign Minister

The Foreign Minister of Pakistan remarked that Pakistan’s government and citizens express heartfelt homage to every victim of terrorism.

He stressed that the global community has a constant obligation to safeguard and assist those affected by terrorism. This must be the fundamental tenet of our initiatives to foster global peace and stability.

He pointed out that though proactive measures to eliminate terrorist organizations are critical, we will not be capable of truly defeating extremism unless we safeguard the rights of millions of disadvantaged individuals who have sacrificed much as a result of terrorism.

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Moreover, he stated that greater emphasis must be placed on punishment, rehabilitation, and justice. There is a requirement to collaborate to avoid future atrocities, make terrorists accountable, and take a consistent victim-centric stance.

He expressed regret that political opportunism and real politics are defining the global reaction to terrorism.

Terrorism should not be tolerated as a result of our international and domestic policy. This limited response to terrorism is the greatest unfairness to terrorist victims.

Pakistan and Kashmir

Pakistan has been among the biggest terrorism victims over the previous two decades, with over 80,000 deaths and financial damages totaling more than $150 billion.

He also paid special tribute to the marginalized group of people of Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK) and Palestine.

He emphasized that they require our special focus on the ongoing misery as sufferers of the most heinous kinds of state-sponsored terrorism.

The world community must bring those responsible for state violence and human rights violations accountable.

Lastly, the Foreign Minister said that we must go above limited political interests and geopolitical objectives to establish a path ahead for sufferers.

He also urged to investigate how, despite international measures, terrorist challenges are still growing and claim lives.