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Prime Minister Shehbaz urges world to ‘do more’ to help flood-ravaged Pakistan during speech at UNGA – PakistanOUS News

On Friday, Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif, in his address to the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, urged the world to “do more to help Pakistan” which he said was in shock of the climatic catastrophe, Aaj News reported.

In his address to the forum, the Prime Minister drew the world’s attention to the devastation caused by the floods in Pakistan.

During his address, Prime Minister Shehbaz said he feared that after the conclusion of the 77th session of the UNGA, the world’s attention would shift to other issues.

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“Will we be left alone to deal with a crisis that we did not create? the Prime Minister asked, reminding the international community that Pakistan is not responsible for a disaster fueled by the climate crisis.

He said Pakistanis are asking for the reasons for the destruction caused by the floods. “The undeniable truth is that the calamity was not triggered by anything we did,” he said.

“It’s time to ask why… it’s time to ask what to do. Our forests are burning. More heat waves are coming. We had a monstrous monsoon. It was the monsoon on steroids as the UN Secretary General described it. Pakistan emits less than 1% greenhouse gases.

He noted that Pakistan had never seen such a devastating example of global warming.

“For 40 days and 40 nights the biblical flood poured down on us. Even today, large areas of the country are still under water. 33 million people, including women and children, are at high risk of health problems. More than 1,500 of my people have left the world, including 400 children. Many more are in danger.

Speaking about Pakistan’s ties with India, he said, “We seek peace with all our neighbours, including India.”

“We in Pakistan remain consistent for peace in South Asia,” he said, stressing, “We are neighbours, the choice is ours whether we live in peace or at war. It is now up to us. to settle our differences as peaceful neighbours.

The Prime Minister said India and Pakistan were “armed to the teeth”, stressing that peace was the only way forward.

“War is not an option,” the prime minister said.

Earlier on Friday, Foreign Minister Bilawal Bhutto Zardari urged the international community to provide urgent and adequate assistance to countries suffering from the impact of climate change.

Addressing the annual meeting of G77 and China foreign ministers in New York, Bilawal said Pakistan had suffered greatly from climate change.

He said Pakistan emits less than 1% of global greenhouse gas emissions, but was the epicenter of climate change impacts.

The foreign minister, once again, reminded the forum that a third of Pakistan was under water – a disaster caused by flooding caused by torrential rains.

“Over 15,000 people have been killed and thousands more injured,” Bilawal said, adding that over 30 million people have been affected and six million are absolutely destitute.

FM Bilawal called for urgently mobilizing humanitarian, economic and financial support to more than 50 developing countries that are in economic difficulty.