All eyes were on the Imran khan for his maiden speech on the forum of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) made on 27 September. Imran Khan, no doubt, represented his charisma through his fearless and sure-footed speech before the world leaders. His facial gestures and body language produced shockwaves of anxiety for our foes sitting there and this calculated kick was enough for everyone looking with an evil eye at Pakistan. His extempore and impromptu speech based on well researched data and arguments, helped him to land in the list of charismatic leaders who have foresight and provision.
The speech was precisely divided into four arguments which highlighted the problems that have been confronted by the world today. These issues were climate change, corruption and money laundering, Islamophobia and the Kashmir conundrum.
To begin with, the Prime Minister of Pakistan drew the attention of world leaders towards the severity and bitterness emanating from climate change. He urged the world community to make cooperated and coordinated efforts to take the bull of climate change by the horns. He also highlighted that reports from climate change are painting a bleak picture for human survival. Pakistan is among the top ten countries affected by climate change, despite contributing such a little amount to mankind’s carbon footprint. Thus, he called on the world community to take urgent measures if this malaise is to be remedied.
Moving the needle of his speech to the second point, Imran Khan highlighted the need to contain and halt the vicious practices of corruption and money laundering. He exemplified this argument by quoting Pakistan in this regard. He said that the leadership in Pakistan when in the helm of affairs, looted and siphoned off the public money and sent it to mostly European countries in the form of offshore companies. This practice enhances the gap between the poor and the rich and poses a stumbling store in the way of progress and development among the Third World and developing countries. Therefore, the Prime Minister urged the world leaders to ensure sustainable endeavours to put an end to this venal and corruptible practice. Following the strategy of one page-ism would be productive to save the developing world from the snare of money laundering.
Moreover and more importantly, Imran Khan clarified the fallacy of the concept of Islamophobia before the world community. It is undoubted that he deftly and dexterously presented the case of the religion of Islam and its true preachers and followers. He was of the view that the term Islamic terrorism is based on the false notion that Islam teaches extremism and fundamentalism. He further elaborated that if a Muslim around the globe committed this vicious act, it had nothing to do with the religion of Islam. On the other hand, Islam is a religion of peace, tolerance, pacifism and parity. The Holy Prophet (Peace Be Upon Him) is the practical example of such phenomenal teachings.
In addition to his argument, he pointed out the terrorist and extremist acts carried out in India, Sri Lanka and other parts of the world, which surely did not imply that Hinduism or any other religion teaches such nefarious acts. No religion favours such act which creates human miseries and pain. The act of an individual must not be linked with his particular religion. There should be a respect for others’ religion which is imperative for peaceful co-existence. The severity of Islamophobia can be gauged that around the globe, a woman is allowed to take off her clothes but is not allowed to wear the hijab (veil) because she can be a threat to the security of the country, she is in. Thus, the Prime minister urged the world that around 1.5 billion Muslims in the world are following their religion which is peaceful in nature, and should not be labelled with such derogatory remarks, and asked others to refrain from committing blasphemous acts.
Lastly, the Prime Minister also elaborated in detail the ongoing conflagration and hidden skirmishes between the two neighbours, India and Pakistan. He narrated that once the PTI government has taken the reins of power, it had time and again extended the olive branch to India but the unrepentant India, the so-called flagbearer of democracy, had put pacifism on the backburner. Despite India’s nefarious and proven acts of extremism in Karachi and Baluchistan, as shown by the example of Kulbhushan Jadhav, Pakistan has always called for the enhancing of trade links, alleviating poverty and overhauling the healthcare system. However, the revocation of Articles 370 and 35A of the Indian constitution by India’s Hitler, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, is a last nail in a coffin of Pakistan’s patience and tolerance. Now is the time for the UN to intervene in this matter and try to resolve the Kashmir issue in accordance with the aspiration of the Kashmiri people. So far, the UNSC has passed nine resolutions to carry out a plebiscite in Kashmir. If the UN failed to resolve the issues between the two nuclear states and India continued her fascist tactics, he said, Pakistan would be left with no other option but to retaliate. The Prime Minister intimated the world community that the Modi and the RSS were leading this issue to a point of no-return. Do something tangible, he warned, before it got too late.
- Courtesy Pakistan Today