13 June | 2024

Lahore, Pakistan

‘Caretaker’ to engage in ‘carefully-crafted’ meetings, shake-hands during 5-day US tour

Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar will address UN General Assembly in New York as Pakistan’s first caretaker prime minister; FM Jalil Abbas Jilani will accompany caretaker prime minister in United States

Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar proceeded on a five-day official visit to the United States of America to attend the 78th session of the UN General Assembly in New York, according to separate statements of the Foreign Office and the PM Office in Islamabad.

On the sidelines of the UN session during his stay, Pakistan’s ‘caretaker’ will hold ‘carefully-crafted’ meetings with the global leaders, heads of international organizations, philanthropic societies and corporate leaders besides attending a climate change conference. Also, he is scheduled to interact with the American and foreign media.

Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar will address the General Assembly as Pakistan’s first caretaker prime minister on September 22. Caretaker Minister for Foreign Affairs Jalil Abbas Jilani will also accompany the caretaker prime minister during the five-day stay in the United States.

At the UN General Assembly, Pakistan’s caretaker will join nearly 150 leaders to deliberate about key peace and security issues as well as concerns of Global South over growing poverty, inflation and debt burden. In his address, Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar will outline Pakistan’s perspective on a range of regional and general issues of concern.

Pakistan will table resolutions about right to self-determination; Islamophobia and desecration of Islam’s holiest book and symbols

As the host, US President Joe Biden will be the second speaker, the opening day of the annual gathering of world leaders who take the pulse of the planet and tackle global challenge. The list of speakers indicates the presence of 145 heads of state and government, six vice presidents, four deputy prime ministers and 38 ministers or chiefs of delegations – a total of 196.

Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Ambassador Munir Akram underscored the need for a plan to counter the grim challenges, conflicts on various regions, ‘great power’ tensions in Asia, a slowing global economy, and 60 developing countries in financial distress. UN officials said in a series of briefings that efforts to address Global South’s needs were trailing ‘far behind’ the target that UN members have set for themselves through the sustainable development goals.

Ambassador Munir Akram says Pakistan stands for immediate expansion of concessional financing by multilateral banks
Ambassador Munir Akram demands immediate expansion of concessional financing by multilateral banks

Ambassador Munir Akram said that Pakistan stands for the immediate expansion of concessional financing by the multilateral development banks, reduction of borrowing cost for developing countries, and allocation of $500 billion new special drawing rights. He suggested the need for urgent mobilization of at least one trillion dollars annually for investment in sustainable infrastructure for developing countries.

He urged the developed countries to fulfill their pledge of $100 billion annually for climate finance and to at least double climate finance towards adaptation, and give developing countries due share in all economic decision-making bodies. UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres urged countries to focus greater attention on issues that are priorities for developing countries.

UN Director at Human Rights Watch Louis Charbonneau said that the annual general debate provides world leaders with a bully pulpit to speak out on the most pressing human rights issues. “They should all make use of this golden opportunity to generate discussion on world crises, finding justice for ongoing abuses, or bringing attention to issues outside the headlines.”

During the General Assembly session, Pakistan will table its traditional resolution affirming the right to self-determination and also one denouncing Islamophobia and desecration of Islam’s holiest book and Islamic symbols, besides its disarmament-related resolutions. It is pertinent to mention that the caretaker prime minister will visit think tanks as well, as Pakistan’s Ambassador Masood Khan is trying his best to make this visit fruitful.