New York: Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif in his address to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York highlighted the plight of Pakistan due to flood crisis due to global climate change and urged world leaders to address them. Before it is too late, we should come together and formulate a strategy for the future. Addressing the United Nations General Assembly, Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said, I am here to tell the story of Pakistan, my heart and mind is motherland. i’m not ready To give up memory, I still feel like I am visiting the flooded areas of Sindh or Punjab, the shock we are going through cannot be expressed in words. But I am here to tell you the horrors of disaster. Climate disaster, with one third of Pakistan under water, 40 days and 40 nights of severe flooding breaking century weather records, we have to deal with this disaster. Submerged in water. Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif said that 33 million people including men and women are facing health risks due to climate change, pregnant women gave birth to 650 children in tents, more than 1500 people died including 400 children, people are suffering from malnutrition. He said, displaced people. Floods are still looking for a dry place to pitch their tents, victims and their families have suffered heartbreaking losses, their jobs will be lost for a long time to come. Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that according to preliminary estimates, 13 thousand kilometers of roads and more than 1 million houses have been destroyed and Another 1 million have been partially damaged, 370 bridges have been washed away. He said, 1 million cattle have died in the terrible floods, 4 million hectares of cropland have been destroyed. unimaginable
The Prime Minister said that there is no precedent for the dark and destructive effects of global warming in Pakistan. Life in Pakistan has changed forever. I visited every affected area.
People of Pakistan ask why this disaster happened and what can and should be done, the undeniable fact is that what is happening is because of us, he said. He said, our glaciers are melting fast. Waves have exceeded 53 degrees and we are now experiencing an unusually severe monsoon.
He said that Pakistan is one of the top 10 countries in the world for climate change, where we emit less than 1 percent of greenhouse gases. It is very reasonable to expect justice for this loss and destruction. Spend time in tents with housebound children and women and assure us of our support.
He said that I am grateful to all the countries that have sent aid to Pakistan, and their representatives in Pakistan have expressed their solidarity in our difficult times, I once again thank them all on behalf of my nation.
The Prime Minister said that it is beyond our reach to estimate the extent of the damage caused by the flood at this moment. The real concern is about the next phase of this challenge, when the cameras will go away, and the story will remain the same as the Ukraine conflict. My question is will we be alone? We are not built for a crisis.
He said, after the rescue and relief, where are they and how to start the rehabilitation and reconstruction phase? Relief and rescue operations have been ongoing for 12 weeks, we have saved lives, it has caused chronic food insecurity.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said, another 1.1 million people will go below the poverty line, we are making efforts for national relief by utilizing all available resources, we have revised the budget priorities including development expenditure. So that rescue and basic needs can be met. Prioritize
He said, “We have given cash assistance to 4 million affected women which has started a few weeks ago, under the Benazir Income Support Programme, we have given about 70 billion rupees or 300 million dollars from our own pocket. Payments are made through this program.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif also told the United Nations General Assembly that the gap between urgent needs and resources is increasing at this time. The question is very simple, why should my people pay the price for the effects of global warming? We are not responsible, we have no part in carbon emissions.
Climate injustice and global inaction are creating a double whammy, crippling effect on our finances and people, he said.
The Prime Minister said that hope is the greatest enemy of darkness in the most difficult situation, the people of Pakistan are very resilient, we are determined to fight for our survival, we will fight the growing challenges of this century and make Pakistan a developed country. He said, the entire definition of national security has changed today. He said Pakistan’s first priority is rapid economic development to lift millions of people out of hunger and poverty. Without resolving the Occupied Kashmir conflict.
He said that India has turned Occupied Jammu and Kashmir into the world’s largest military zone to take away the rights of the oppressed Kashmiri people. According to the UN Security Council resolution, they will stand by the Kashmiri people until they take away the rights of the oppressed Kashmiri people. Kashmir conflict. War is not a solution to any problem, disputes can only be resolved through peaceful negotiation.
The Prime Minister said that India’s campaign of brutal persecution against Kashmiris is intensifying, with New Delhi deploying 9 lakh troops in Occupied Kashmir, making the region the most heavily trooped.
He said that India was illegally changing Occupied Kashmir from a Muslim majority to a Hindu region, issuing lakhs of fake residence permits, fraudulently registering more than two and a half lakh voters who were not Kashmiris.
He said that the nation of Pakistan stands with the people of Kashmir and will continue to do so until their voting rights are fully fulfilled.
Prime Minister said that India is our neighbor and always will be, the choice is ours whether we want to live peacefully or fight each other, we have had three wars and this has led to unemployment and poverty in both countries, resolve our differences and problems through peaceful dialogue. It is up to us to do and conserve our scarce resources and not waste resources by buying more weapons.
Prime Minister Shahbaz Sharif also told the UN General Assembly that a peaceful and prosperous Afghanistan is in our collective interest, we should avoid another civil war and terrorism, any neighboring country is in a position to shelter the country’s refugees. Pakistan has urged the international community to respond positively to the Secretary-General’s appeal for $4.2 billion in humanitarian and economic assistance to Afghanistan and restore Afghanistan’s accumulated assets.
He said that major terrorist groups operating from Afghanistan, particularly ISIL and the banned Tehreek-e-Taliban Pakistan, as well as al-Qaeda, ETIM and IMU are key to the international community. Expressing concern, the international community must address Afghanistan’s problems. Serious humanitarian need.
The Prime Minister said that Pakistan is the biggest victim of terrorism, in the last two decades we have suffered more than 80 thousand deaths and economic losses of more than 150 billion dollars due to terrorist attacks.
He said Islamophobia is a global phenomenon. Since 9/11, suspicion and fear of Muslims and discrimination against them has become epidemic. But sponsored campaigns are the worst manifestation of Islamophobia.
He said that earlier this year, the assembly approved a historic proposal by Pakistan on behalf of the Organization of Islamic Cooperation to observe March 15 as the International Day to Combat Islamophobia. This is my sincere hope. Lead strong action by the UN and Member States to combat Islamophobia and promote interfaith harmony.
Shahbaz Sharif said that while Pakistan is deeply concerned about several conflicts in the Middle East, including Syria and Yemen, we support all possible efforts to promote a peaceful solution.
“We demand that Israel immediately stop its indiscriminate use of force and flagrant violations of the human rights of the Palestinian people and its repeated desecration of Al-Aqsa Mosque,” he said.
The Prime Minister said the only fair, comprehensive and lasting solution to the Palestinian problem is to recognize a viable, independent Palestinian state with its pre-1967 borders and Al-Quds Al-Sharif as its capital.
Shahbaz Sharif also said that the Security Council and the General Assembly should be empowered to play their respective roles under the UN Charter, 11 new non-permanent members should be made to make the Security Council more representative, democratic, transparent, efficient and accountable. Expanding by adding new permanent members, adding new permanent members would paralyze the Council’s decision-making, increase its representative deficit and violate the principle of sovereign equality of member states. By doing so, a new center of prerogative would be established.
He said peace must be restored in Europe, war must be avoided in Asia and conflicts spread around the world must be resolved.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif said that Pakistan is a partner of peace, we will work together with all those committed to the principles of the UN Charter, to restore the commitment of the UN so that this organization is for world peace. Endowed with the power to promote security and universal prosperity.