Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaarul Haq Kakar, during his address to the 78th session of the UN General Assembly, spoke of the current “tense and pivotal moment in history” marked by global conflicts. Emphasizing the importance of geoeconomics over geopolitics, he highlighted Pakistan’s challenges resulting from climate change. PM Kakar detailed the devastating flood that impacted the nation both on human terms and economically. With over $10.5bn commitment for Pakistan’s recovery, he urged timely funding for the $13bn recovery plan. Assurances were given on Pakistan’s dedication to economic revival and attracting investments.
Hindutva Politics & Regional Concerns
During his UNGA visit, PM Kakar expressed grave concerns over Hindutva politics, relating it to recent tensions between Canada and India. Reacting to Canada’s allegations linking India to a murder in British Columbia, PM Kakar warned of the dangers behind the rise of Hindutva politics. Highlighting the killing of a Sikh leader, he depicted it as an “ominous tendency” of rising Hindu nationalism. The PM stressed Pakistan’s intention to raise awareness about the issue, not as propaganda against India, but due to the inherent risks it poses. He added that the effects of Hindutva politics were now reaching Western capitals, as evidenced by the incident in Canada.
Terrorism and Regional Stability
PM Kakar highlighted Pakistan’s resilience and success in counterterrorism efforts. He emphasized that Pakistan has maintained its state structure against terrorism challenges. The PM mentioned close collaborations with neighbouring countries, especially concerning rising terrorism around Afghanistan, assuring that Pakistan would play a role in mitigating the rising threats.
This revised version captures the main themes and concerns addressed by PM Kakar during his speech and interactions during the UNGA session.