PM Khan raises Kashmir issue at UNGA address
September 26 2020 01:44 AM
Prime Minister Khan: called upon the world to take steps to counter the illicit flows of money, and
Prime Minister Khan: called upon the world to take steps to counter the illicit flows of money, and ensure the return of ‘stolen’ money.

Internews/ Islamabad

Prime Minister Imran Khan virtually addressed the 75th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) yesterday.
In his address, the prime minister shared Pakistan’s perspective on various regional and international issues.
He raised the Kashmir issue, said Foreign Office spokesperson Zahid Hafeez Chaudhri.
The premier also share Pakistan’s successful handling of the novel coronavirus, his debt relief initiative for developing countries, and Islamophobia.
His address took place at 11.45pm last night.
On Thursday, in his address at two high-level panel events held on the sidelines of the UNGA, Khan said that each year billions of dollars illicitly flow out of developing countries.
He called upon the world to take steps to counter the illicit flows of money, saying that these stolen assets of developing countries must be returned.
The prime minister continued that although his government came into power with a robust public mandate to get rid of this menace from the country, a multilateral framework of international co-operation would be required to “bring the perpetrators of financial crimes to justice”.
Meanwhile, armed forces spokesman Major-General Babar Iftikhar has said that Pakistan always welcomes the visit of the United Nations Military Observer Group for Pakistan and India, international media, and diplomats to any area of the Line of Control (LoC), and provides them access to the local population to assess the ground situation.
According to an Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) press release, during their visit to the LoC, he told foreign diplomats that there had been some 2,333 Indian ceasefire violations and unprovoked firing incidents across the LoC this year, leaving 18 civilians dead and 185 injured.
The ISPR director-general said that India was firing “indiscriminately” on the civilian population in an attempt to divert global attention from what is happening in Indian-administered Kashmir.
Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi meanwhile spoke on the Organisation of Islamic Co-operation (OIC) as a platform for Muslim countries, through which we can work together with a common strategy in resolving any issue of Muslims in the world.
Addressing the OIC’s webinar on the golden jubilee of the organisation, he said that the hopes and aspirations of Muslim states are linked with this platform, and that all these countries desire unity and increased presence in the world as one voice.
Qureshi said 50 years ago, 25 Muslim countries pledged to work together to formulate an action plan to protect common interests and achieve goals in response to an attack on Al Aqsa Mosque.
He said that through this platform, we are finding ways to promote collaboration in various fields, including science and technology, economy and trade, education, youth affairs, and women’s issues.
The minister said that Pakistan is one of the founding members of the OIC, so it has always played a key role in the improvement and promotion of the body.
He said that Pakistan has hosted two OIC summits and four Council of Foreign Ministers (CFM) Conferences, and that Islamabad is further ready to host the 48th Council of Foreign Ministers Meeting.
Qureshi said that it is commendable that the OIC has raised the issue of alleged rights violations in Indian-administered Kashmir, through its resolutions and concrete statements.
He said that the OIC Contact Group for Kashmir has played a leading role in this regard.
The minister said that it is clear that the Kashmir issue must be resolved in the light of the aspirations of the Kashmiris and the UN resolutions for the peace and stability in the region.

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