The Prime Minister of Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi made a very bold speech today at the United Nation’s General Assembly’s floor. Specially the part of his speech regarding the Afghan conflict and the present state of terrorism in Pakistan, in purview of the Pentagon’s new strategy for the region, Khaqan Abbasi clarified that
“We are not prepared to be anyone’s scapegoat,”
“What Pakistan is not prepared to do is to fight the Afghan war on Pakistan’s soil. Nor can we endorse any failed strategy that will prolong and intensify the suffering of the people of Afghanistan and Pakistan and other regional countries,” he added conspicuously.
Given the track record of the past governments in Pakistan, this is the first time that anyone has spoken so outrightly defending the position of Pakistan in the War on Terror.
This bold move from Pakistan may have its effects in terms of soliciting support from the international community. No one has ever criticized the failed strategy of United States in Afghanistan, on such a forum. Pakistan has blown the whistle, that if you keep doing the same things, you will never have a different result.
He also cleared the resolve of Pakistan in this War on Terror, that no one other than Pakistan wants peace in Afghanistan. Further propping up his claim, he drew the attention of the audience to the fact that Pakistan is still the host of 3 million Afghan refugees. On the top of it, more than 30,000 Pakistanis have been the victim of this War on Terror in Afghanistan, in addition to the loss of economy and deteriorating security conditions.
Taking a Jab at India Over Kashmir Issue
Well, what is so surprising is that the Prime Minister took the full advantage of the opportunity and took a swing at Indian state sponsored terrorism in Kashmir. This indeed is a befitting reply to the Indian policy of isolating Pakistan Internationally.
Here is what he said about the Kashmir issue
It sounds more like killing two birds with a single stone, but in reality, the problems incident upon Pakistan right now has much to with it.
There wouldn’t have been a better time and forum to highlight the Indian atrocities in Kashmir, as recently a report of Amnesty India has unveiled the hidden truths behind the use of pellet shotguns in Kashmir. Also, in purview of the sinister advertising campaigns running against Pakistan in Geneva since past two weeks, it became more than necessary that Pakistan may respond in the light of proven facts on the ground.
Though, a little late, but Pakistan is striving hard to bridge the diplomatic gulf created by the past 4 years of having a sluggish and amorphous diplomatic policy. The backlog created due to the lack of a proper Foreign Minister and undulating resolves of the government, lacking a clear vision.
However, this bold step from the New Prime Minister deserves an applause, as it sent the message from Pakistan quite loud and clear
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