Friday, 26 September 2014
Nawaz condemns all forms of terrorism at UNGA
NEW YORK: Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif on Friday addressed the United Nations General Assembly during which he condemned all forms of terrorism and sought better relations between Pakistan and its immediate neighbours.
At the beginning of his address, Prime Minister Sharif drew attention towards climatic change and its affects in Pakistan especially the recent heavy rains and floods.
The prime minister said Pakistan was facing the grave danger of terrorism and added that the country’s military had rendered great sacrifices during the past 13 years and continues to make efforts to eliminate terrorism.
Sharif said he condemned terrorism of all forms including the ‘genocide of Palestinians in Gaza’.
“Pakistan wants to improve relations with its neighbours,” Sharif said adding that Pakistan and Afghanistan face similar challenges.
He said Pakistan will pursue a policy of nuclear restraint and credible minimum deterrence.
Prime Minister Sharif earlier addressed the United Nations peacekeeping summit during which he said Pakistan was playing a key role in the organisation's peacekeeping missions and expressed the country's resolve to continue with the efforts.
Sharif also paid tribute to those who had sacrificed their lives in the fight against terrorism and said Pakistan was willing to provide training for the UN peacekeeping missions.
Earlier, Nawaz Sharif met with United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon at the UN headquarters in New York on Thursday.
Speaking to the Pakistani community in New York, Prime Minister Sharif defended his mandate and downplayed the anti-government protests being held in the country's federal capital. He pledged to pull Pakistan out of difficulties.