Pakistan wants peace with India but Kashmir remains key, Premier Kakar tells UN General Assembly
Baku, September 23, AZERTAC
Pakistani Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar on Friday said that his country wants peace with all neighbors, including India, but Kashmir remains "key to peace" with New Delhi, according to Anadolu Agency.
In his address to the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York City, Kakar said Pakistan desires peaceful and productive relations with all neighbors.
While talking about Islamophobia, Kakar said that it's an age-old phenomenon, however, after the 9/11 terrorist attacks, it has assumed epidemic proportions, as manifested in the negative profiling of Muslims and attacks on Islamic sites and symbols, such as the recent public burnings of the Holy Quran.
He welcomed the legislation initiated by Denmark and contemplated by Sweden and said Pakistan and the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) countries will propose further steps to combat Islamophobia, including the appointment of a special envoy, creation of an Islamophobia data center, and legal assistance to victims and an accountability process to punish Islamophobic crimes.
The premier also welcomed the progress made towards ending the conflicts in Syria and Yemen.
Talking about climate change and its impacts on his country, Kakar said that his country is one of the worst affected countries by the impacts of climate change.
The Pakistani premier said they must counter all terrorists without discrimination, including the rising threat posed by far-right extremist and fascist groups, such as Hindutva-inspired extremists threatening genocide against India’s Muslims and Christians.
"We also need to oppose ‘state terrorism’; address the root causes of terrorism, such as poverty, injustice, and foreign occupation; and distinguish genuine freedom struggles from terrorism,” he said.