United Nations: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday addressed the 74th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York. He spoke on a range of issues, including the Kashmir conflict with India, Islamophobia, climate change and world peace.
PM Imran Khan commenced his address to UNGA speaking about the climate emergency the world faces at present and urging the United Nations to take leadership for this. Terming it an urgent problem that the world must address, PM Imran said I feel there is a lack of seriousness, perhaps some of the leaders who can do a lot, do not realise the urgency of the situation.
The second issue, which the Prime Minister Imran Khan termed as even more critical, was how every year, billions of dollars leave the poor countries and go towards rich countries. He said, billions of dollars are siphoned off by the ruling elite to western countries.
He told the world leaders that money-laundering, which happens because money leaves poor countries and goes to rich countries, was devastating the developing world, causing more poverty and deaths, and impoverishing those countries. PM Imran Khan called for the rich countries of the world to "show political will" and asked how were the poor countries expected to spend money on human development in accordance with what the UN asks when money left the developing countries.
Noting that there were 1.3 billion Muslims in the world, PM Imran explained that Islamophobia, since 9/11, has grown at a pace which is alarming. This menace, he said, was creating a division. The Prime Minister, highlighting hypocrisy around the world, said: A women can take off her clothes but cannot put on more clothes?
Hijab has become an issue in some countries and it is seen as a weapon, he said. PM Imran Khan said there were terms like radical Islam and Islamic terrorism and that was what was contributing to the spread of Islamophobia. How is a person in New York, in Midwest in the US, or in Europe, how is he going to distinguish between the two versions of Islam considering the rise of Islamophobia, PM Imran asked.
Terrorism has nothing to do with any religion, he emphasised. The term, he noted, was used by some leaders and it has caused pain among the Muslims. Muslim countries watch Islamophobia travelling and spreading and it is getting worse, he said. In the European countries, it is marginalising the communities and marginalisation leads to radicalisation.
After 9/11, it came as war against radical Islam but in all communities, there are radicals, the PM said, adding that Islamophobia had bumped the hatred against the Muslim community and that it was almost like physical pain.
Prime Minister's fourth and the most critical of issues during the UNGA speech was to draw the world's attention to the emerging humanitarian crisis in Indian occupied Kashmir. PM Imran Khan said, the reason why I especially came here is about what is happening in Kashmir.
PM Imran Khan said India's fifth August illegal action about occupied Kashmir is in violation of the UN Security Council resolutions, Shimla Agreement, and its own constitution. He said Kashmiris will never accept revocation of the special status of the disputed territory. He said hundreds of thousands of Kashmiris have been killed by the occupying forces and over 11,000 women raped over the past 30 years. He said there are also two UN Human Rights reports on the blatant Indian human rights violations in the occupied valley.
Voicing serious concerns over the situation in occupied valley, the Prime Minister said women, children and sick people are locked and being treated as worse than animals. He said it is sheer arrogance that has blinded Narendra Modi. He said Modi is not cognizant of the situation when curfew is lifted. He said Kashmiris will come out of their houses in protest and the 900,000 Indian troops in the held territory will shoot them, leading to a bloodbath.
Imran Khan said Indian Muslims, Pakistanis, Kashmiris and the entire Muslim Ummah are closely watching the grave situation in occupied Kashmir, and persecution of oppressed Kashmiris will contribute to their radicalization. The Prime Minister apprehended that a Pulwama like incident may take place and India will blame Muslims and Pakistan for it; and the world should realize this apprehension.
PM Imran Khan said the incumbent Indian government is a follower of RSS that is a racist organization founded in 1925 and inspired by racial superiority ideas of Adolph Hitler and Benito Mussolini. This organization has its basis on hatred against Muslims and Christians. Racial superiority and hatred against others are its founding premise. This ideology of hate murdered Mahatma Gandhi in 1948 and goons of RSS massacred thousands of Muslims in Gujarat in 2002. He said Modi was put in black list of the US to travel there.
The Prime Minister said the world community has a responsibility to ensure that Kashmiris get their right to self-determination as enshrined in several UN Security Council resolutions. PM Imran Khan in a call to awake the world's conscience said it is not time to appease a market of 1.3 billion people but to take concrete action to avert a brewing humanitarian crisis.
PM Imran Khan warned of serious consequences of a war between two nuclear armed countries. He said if a nuclear armed country fights to the end, the consequences will go far beyond the borders. The Prime Minister said if a conventional war starts between Pakistan and India, anything could happen. He said a country seven times smaller has only two choices; either to surrender or fight till end, and we will fight to the end.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said the United Nations must urge India to immediately lift the inhuman curfew in occupied Kashmir continuing for over fifty days and release all the political detainees, including the youth.