Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar is addressing the 78th session of the United Nations General Assembly in New York, US.
At the outset of the address, the premier said world leaders had gathered together at a “tense and pivotal moment in history”, referring to the Russia-Ukraine war and tensions between other global powers.
“We see rise of old and new military and political blocs … geopolitics is resurging when geoeconomics should have primacy.”
He recalled that far reaching commitments were made to implement sustainable development goals (SDGs) during the climate summit yesterday and called for the realisation of these commitments through the “rechanneling of unused special drawing rights for development and resolution of debt problems of 59 countries in debt distress”.
“Pakistan’s triple food finance fuel challenge is a prime illustration of the impact of Covid conflict and climate on developing countries,” the prime minister highlighted, adding that the country was one of the worst affected countries from impact of climate change.
The premier lamented that the epic flood last year had submerged one-third of the country, killed 1,700 people, displaced over eight million people, destroyed vital infrastructure, destroyed vital infrastructure and caused over $30 billion damage to the economy.
“We are gratified by the commitment of over $10.5bn for the Pakistan’s comprehensive plan for recovery, rehabilitation, reconstruction with resilience.
“Specific projects are being submitted to ensure timely funding and execution of the 4RF funding and I hope our development partners will accord priority to the allocation of funds for our recovery plan which costs $13bn,” he said.
PM Kakar further assured that the Pakistani government was committed to rapid economic recovery, stability of forex reserves and currency, expansion of domestic revenues and mobilisation of significant domestic and external investment.
‘Disgusting reality behind Hindutva politics can ensnare the world in fires of war’ In an interview to on the sidelines of the session earlier today, PM Kakar warned that the “disgusting reality” hidden behind Hindutva (Hindu nationalism) politics could ensnare the world in the “fires of war”.
He passed these remarks in response to a question pertaining to Canada’s recent allegations against India pertaining to the murder of a Sikh separatist leader.
In an unprecedented flareup of tensions on Monday, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Ottawa was “actively pursuing credible allegations” linking Indian government agents to the murder of Hardeep Singh Nijjar, 45, outside a Sikh temple in British Columbia in June.
The two countries, whose relations have been fraying in recent years over the issue of Sikh separatists, have since announced tit-for-tat expulsions of senior diplomats and issued tit-for-tat travel advisories. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government denied any links to the alleged murder.
A day ago, PM Kakar had termed the rising wave of Hindutva a “matter of deep concern” for the international community, including the United States. Addressing the Council on Foreign Relations in New York on the sidelines of the UNGA, the premier had linked Modi’s ideology of Hindu nationalism with Canada’s allegations against India.
“These ideologues of Hindutva, they are becoming emboldened in a manner that they are now going beyond the region,” PM Kakar had said, highlighting that the “unfortunate killing” of the Sikh leader “is a reflection of that ominous tendency”.
Talking about the matter during an interview in New York ahead of his address at the United Nations General Assembly today, PM Kakar said: “We will raise [the issue] at different forums, not because we want to do any propaganda against India, but because of the disgusting reality hidden behind Hindutva’s political agenda in which fascism and chauvinism are very deeply rooted, it is such a dangerous phenomenon that it can ensnare the whole region and the rest of the world in the fires of war.”
PM Kakar went on to say, “We will continue playing our role in highlighting that major issue … we will talk about it wherever we get the opportunity.”