MUHAMMAD NAWAZ SHARIF, Prime Minister of Pakistan, said that his country’s successful implementation of the 2030 Agenda hinged on internal peace and stability. However, tens of thousands of Pakistani citizens had been killed or injured in attacks by terrorist networks, funded by external sources. Despite those losses of human life, his country had successfully pursued targeted operations against terrorists, enabling Pakistan to “turn the tide against terrorism”.
On a global scale, the same efforts to counter terrorism should be conducted multilaterally and “not by the passage of laws with extraterritorial application targeted against certain countries”, he said, adding that the war in neighbouring Afghanistan had presented momentous economic and security challenges to his country, which hosted 3 million Afghan refugees. He iterated that the only path to a lasting peace, and for those refugees to return home, was a dialogue between the Government in Kabul and the Afghan Taliban.
Turning to his country’s conflict with India, a normalization of relations could only be realized with a resolution of the Kashmir dispute. India’s occupation forces continued to repress Kashmiris. His Government would share with the Secretary-General a dossier containing detailed information and evidence of gross and systematic violations of human rights committed by those forces. Pakistan supported the Kashmiri people’s demand for self-determination, as promised to them by several Security Council resolutions. The United Nations should work to demilitarize Jammu and Kashmir in dialogue with India, Pakistan and the Kashmiri people. Pakistan was not engaged in an arms race with India, he said, but added: “We cannot ignore our neighbour’s unprecedented arms build-up and will take whatever measures necessary to maintain credible deterrence.”
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