Prime Minister (PM) Shehbaz Sharif has said the resolution of the Kashmir issue is must for peace in the region.
“Pakistan wants better relations with India but it depends on India. India has become threat for minorities, neighboring countries and for itself, PM said this while addressing the 6th Summit of the Conference on Interaction and Confidence Building Measures in Asia in Astana, Kazakhstan on Thursday
India has deprived people of Kashmir of their right to self-determination and it is trying to stifle the voice of oppressed Kashmiris since the last seven decades , he remarked.
India has been ignoring the UN resolutions on Kashmir since the last 7 decades, he added.
He held peace will remain elusive until Indian atrocities end in Occupied Kashmir.
India is using military force in Occupied Kashmir despite being claimant of democracy, he added.
Despite it we are ready to go for talks with India because we can not afford more poverty and unemployment in the region, he remarked. ,
The flood induced devastation has pushed Pakistan back to decades and it will take Pakistan decades to steer out of destruction, he remarked.
PM observed Pakistan needs immediate help to rehabilitate its thirty three million climate refugees affected by the recent devastating rains and floods.
He said Pakistan is living through a colossal climate induced climate.
The PM stated that unprecedented rains and flooding that have submerged one third of Pakistan are without any doubt the consequence of global warming and climate change.
He said according to initial estimates, the calamity has caused a loss to the tune of over thirty billion dollars.
The Prime Minister said the government has marshalled all the resources at its disposal for the rescue, relief and rehabilitation.
Shehbaz Sharif said though Pakistan is responsible for less than one percent of global carbon emissions yet we are amongst the ten top countries most severely impacted by climate change.
Expressing his gratitude to the countries who extended support to flood affected people, the Prime Minister said Pakistan looks forward to their continued support as the country transitions to the more daunting phase of reconstruction and rehabilitation.
He said Pakistan is determined to emerge stronger from these floods in a short period of time.
Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif has said Pakistan needs immediate help to rehabilitate its thirty three million climate refugees affected by the recent devastating rains and floods.
The Prime Minister said Pakistan’s location offers a natural bridge to regional economies. He said China Pakistan Economic Corridor has transformed the economic and connectivity landscape of the region.
He invited the members to take the advantage of the opportunity of trade, business and investment in Pakistan.
Highlighting the impacts of conflict in Afghanistan, he said Pakistan has borne the most serious consequence of the conflict in Afghanistan. He said Pakistan faced eighty thousand causalities and economic loses of over 150 billion dollars in the fight against terrorism. He said Pakistan with the help of great sacrifices curbed the menace of terrorism and extremism. He said Pakistan continues to host four million refugees.
Shehbaz Sharif said a peaceful, stable, united and prosperous Afghanistan is in the best interest of Pakistan, entire region and the world. He called upon the world to support the people of Afghanistan in their quest for sustainable peace, stability and development.