New York, 24 September 2022 (TDI): Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shehbaz Sharif addressed the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA). He spoke to the world leaders on Friday, 23 September.

Floods and Climate Change

The Prime Minister of Pakistan has highlighted the extent and severity of the climatic disaster. It has submerged one-third of Pakistan in a superstorm unprecedented in recent history.

He remarked that many in Pakistan wonder why this has occurred to them, given that they haven’t caused the damage.

Hotspots like his nation are among the ten most climate-vulnerable countries, although they generate less than 1% of the greenhouse gases that are destroying the world.

 Also Read: Pakistan on sidelines of 77th UNGA Session

He expressed thanks for the Secretary-visit General’s to his nation, as well as his assurances of support and aid, and thanked every country that has offered assistance during Pakistan’s “most trying hour.”

Kashmir Issue and Terrorism

A just and durable settlement to the Jammu and Kashmir conflict is required for long-term peace and stability in South Asia.

“India’s illegal and unilateral actions of 5 August 2019 to change the internationally recognized ‘disputed’ status of Jammu and Kashmir and to alter the demographic structure of the occupied territory further undermined the prospects of peace and inflamed regional tensions,” he added.

Over the two decades, Pakistan has faced 80,000 deaths and more than $150 billion in economic damages, he said.

While the military forces have “broken the back of terrorism” within Pakistan, it is still confronted with terrorist strikes from over the border. These are supported and funded by its regional rival, India.

Islamophobia and Global Conflicts

Furthermore, the government-sponsored subjugation of India’s nearly 200 million Muslims is the most egregious example of Islamophobia.

He expressed confidence that the Assembly’s earlier this year approval of a landmark resolution designating March 15 as the International Day to Oppose Islamophobia will result in concerted efforts to combat it and foster interfaith unity.

He also expressed worry about the multiple conflicts in the Middle East, particularly those in Syria and Yemen. Prime Minister urged Israel to stop using force against the Palestinian people immediately.

In terms of Security Council reform, he advocated for the appointment of 11 new non-permanent members. It will make the body more reflective of the international community.