NEW YORK : Prime Minister Imran Khan said that India was “obliterating the distinct Kashmiri identity” through it illegal measures in the occupied territory. He was addressing the 75th session United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) via video link on Thursday. Speaking about his government’s smart lockdown policy, the prime minister said that Pakistan opened up the agriculture and construction sector. He credited the government’s Ehsaas Emergency Cash Programme and other policies towards steering Pakistan out of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the prime minister cautioned that Pakistan was not yet “out of the woods”. “We are not yet out of the woods like no country is out of the woods yet,” he said, referring to the COVID-19 pandemic. The prime minister spoke out against the flow of illicit financing from developing countries to the developed ones. He said that these “stolen resources” that flow from the developing countries to others weakens the foreign exchange and promotes property. “If this policy continues, it will accentuate the difference between the rich and the poor,” said PM Imran, adding that rich countries lacked the political will to “curb this criminal activity”.
“Eventually, it will spark off a bigger global crisis, a far bigger global crisis than the migration crisis poses,” he said, adding that rich states cannot talk about human rights when they provide protection to money launderers and their ill-gotten wealth. Prime Minister Imran Khan said that there are robust anti-money laundering regimes, adding that he calls upon the UN “to take the lead in efforts to build a global framework, to stem the illicit financial flows and ensure speedy repatriation of stolen wealth”. “It is important to realise that the aid that flows from the rich to the developing world is minuscule compared to the massive outflows by our corrupt elites,” he said. The premier also touched upon the issue of Islamophobia during his speech, condemning the rising incidences of the burning of the Holy Quran and the publication of blasphemous material against Prophet Muhammad (PBUH). “Muslims continue to be targeted with impunity in many countries,” he said. “Our shrines are being destroyed, our Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) insulted, the Holy Quran burnt, and all this in the name of freedom of speech.” The prime minister said that Pakistan’s contribution to carbon emission was very low when one considered many countries in the world but it was one of the countries’ most affected by the climate change. The prime minister said that his government has launched an “extremely ambitious” plan to combat climate change by planting 10 billion trees over the next three years. He called on world leaders to abide by the provisions of the Paris agreement on climate change. “Commitments made through the Paris agreement must be fulfilled, in particular, the commitment to mobilise $100billion annually as climate finance,” he said.