Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan
Pakistan's Prime Minister Imran Khan. Image Credit: PTI

Islamabad: Pakistan’s Prime Minister Imran Khan will virtually address the 76th session of the UN General Assembly (UNGA) on Friday. Foreign Minister Shah Mahmood Qureshi, however, left for New York early Monday to attend the summit.

Khan in his policy address will outline Pakistan’s perspective on key global and regional issues. Pakistan’s UN envoy Munir Akram said that Pakistan’s premier will draw the world‘s attention to the human rights violations in the region, the urgent efforts needed to stabilize Afghanistan and the need to combat Islamophobia in his address.

The high-level segment of the 76th Session of UNGA will be held in New York from 21-27 September 2021.

During his address at Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) summit (September 17-18) in Tajikistan, PM Khan called upon regional countries to chart out “a coordinated approach towards stabilizing the situation in Afghanistan” by providing humanitarian support. He also urged that “Taliban must fulfil the pledges made” to international community especially inclusive political structure where all ethnic groups are represented.” Khan urged the international community to ensure stability in Afghanistan and prevent a humanitarian crisis.

Pakistan’s prime minister’s policy address and the foreign minister’s visit to New York will serve to enhance Pakistan’s diplomatic outreach and engagement with its international partners and key institutions, the Foreign Office said in a statement.

Pakistan’s foreign minister is visiting New York from September 21-25 during which he will participate in various high-level meetings and side events, and also deliver an address at the leading think-tank Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). He will hold bilateral meetings with his counterparts and the UN leadership and will also interact with international media and meet the dynamic Pakistani-American community.

“Pakistan has always played an active and constructive role in the United Nations framework and supported the organization in the effective discharge of its mandates for addressing various regional and global issues as well as contemporary challenges”

Pakistan has been leading humanitarian efforts and evacuation missions in Afghanistan since the withdrawal of foreign forces on August 31. US television host Glenn Beck, whose charity organisation helped with evacuations from Afghanistan highly appreciated the support of  Imran Khan and thanked the people of Pakistan for support to get people out safely. In a statement on Twitter, Beck said that Pakistan’s leadership helped with the departure of three flights with nearly a thousand civilians, many of them Americans, on board. His organization reached out to numerous leaders for help but the silence was shocking, he said, whereas Khan promptly responded to requests for help with evacuations from Afghanistan.