Ladies and Gentlemen,
I congratulate you on your election as the President of the United Nations General Assembly. It is a fitting recognition of your distinguished career.
I also commend Mr. Vuk Jeremic, for his outstanding leadership of the General Assembly in the past one year. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon has led the organization ably and wisely. We were glad to receive him in Pakistan in mid-August, as our honored guest on the anniversary of the Independence Day of Pakistan.
I stand here today before this Assembly, soon after my country has seen a new dawn.
come before this house in all humility, as the elected Prime Minister
of Pakistan, for the third time. I feel exonerated, as my supporters
and I stood firm in our commitment to democracy in the long years of
exile, exclusion and state oppression.
am happy to inform the distinguished delegates that we now have a
strong Parliament, an independent judiciary, a free media and a vibrant
there is no room for complacency. We cannot lower our guard.
Democracy needs constant vigilance and strong institutions. It needs
careful nurturing. Most importantly, it is not promises, but good
governance that sustains democracy.
Government has put people at the centre. We will work to give them
peace and security, an environment of growth and development. I am
pursuing an inclusive approach for the entire nation.
Pakistan is an ardent supporter of the United Nations, which is an anchor of peace and a beacon of hope for all nations.
United Nations’ universal character provides a forum to discuss, evolve
and implement global responses to pressing problems of our times.
Pakistan upholds international law and promotes international consensus.
security of our world is assured and reinforced by friendly relations
between nations and respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of
The United Nations needs reform. But it should be a reform that reflects the interests of all; not the ambitions of a few.
believe that the Security Council’s composition should be made more
representative, democratic and equitable; and its work more effective,
transparent and accountable. The intended reforms must however plan for
a dynamic future, not entrench or replicate outdated historical
patterns, based on privileges.
role and authority of the General Assembly must be fully restored and
revitalized. In the past few years, the General Assembly has regained
influence in responding to challenges in regard to peace and security,
development and climate change. It is becoming a platform of choice.
Yet, it has to go a long way to acquire its full authority.
save the world from the scourge of war, we have to continue to strive
for a fair and just international order, based on rule of law.
Festering disputes must be resolved. In this regard, the United Nations
has to play a critical role.
United Nations must continue to remain attentive to the issue of Jammu
and Kashmir and the full realization of the right to self-determination
of its people. The suffering of the people cannot be brushed under the
carpet, because of power politics.
in the past, Pakistan calls upon the international community to give an
opportunity to the Kashmiris to decide their future peacefully, in
accordance with the United Nations Security Council resolutions. The
issue of Jammu and Kashmir was presented to the Security Council in
January 1948; and yet the issue remains unresolved after nearly seven
have an aspiration for regional peace and stability. I have shared
this vision with leaders in our neighborhood. Shortly after assuming
office, I received a message of goodwill from the Prime Minister of
India, Dr. Manmohan Singh. I extended an invitation to him to engage
with us to address all outstanding issues between our two countries.
Prime Minister Singh’s response was positive.
two countries have wasted massive resources in an arms race. We could
have used those resources for the economic well-being of our people. We
still have that opportunity. Pakistan and India can prosper together;
and the entire region would benefit from our cooperation.
We stand ready to re-engage with India in a substantive and purposeful dialogue.
am looking forward to meeting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh here in New
York to make a new beginning. We have a solid basis to do that. We
can build on the Lahore Accord signed in 1999, which contained a road
map for the resolution of our differences through peaceful
negotiations. I am committed to working for a peaceful and economically
prosperous region. This is what our people want and this is what I
have long aspired for.
gave me great pleasure to welcome President Karzai in Islamabad last
month. We reaffirmed our shared goal of a peaceful, stable and united
people of Afghanistan are and should remain masters of their own
destiny. We support an inclusive, Afghan-led and Afghan-owned peace
process, leading to national reconciliation.
reassured President Karzai that we do not wish to interfere in
Afghanistan’s internal affairs; nor do we have any favorites in that
country. In fact, we have an earnest hope that the Afghans themselves
will unite for peace, prosperity and development of their great country.
encourages United Nations’ efforts for the stabilization of
Afghanistan. We will work together with Afghanistan for regional and
economic cooperation that would establish and reinforce regional trade,
energy and communications corridors.
manifestation of our solidarity with the Afghan people has been our
willingness to host millions of Afghan refugees in Pakistan for many
decades. International support for their repatriation as well as
reintegration in Afghanistan is indispensable.
We also look forward to UN support in addressing other trans-regional challenges, including the flow of narcotics.
year, Palestine was given the status of non-member observer state by
this Assembly. We hope that soon Palestine will join this body as a
full member state. We are glad that the stalled peace process has
started again. It should lead to the consolidation of an independent,
viable and contiguous state of Palestine, based on the pre-1967 borders,
with Al Quds Al Sharif as its capital. Pakistan will continue to
demonstrate its solidarity with the people of Palestine.
as we meet here, Syria is in turmoil, with Syrians killing Syrians. We
appeal to the Syrian Government and opposition groups to move to the
negotiating table in Geneva to prepare a road map for national
reconciliation and the necessary political transitions. More war will
lead to more killings that need to be stopped.
party to the Chemical Weapons Convention, Pakistan remains opposed to
the use of chemical weapons. We condemn its use in the strongest terms.
welcome the agreement reached between the United States and Russia, and
supported by other permanent members of the Security Council, to
secure and destroy chemical weapons in Syria. This crucial step has
facilitated consensus within the Council to adopt a resolution, which
will not only address the issue of chemical weapons but start the
stalled political process in Syria that would lead to national
reconciliation and solutions that are acceptable to the people of Syria.
Pakistan will support that resolution. Acceptance of the Geneva One
document and a decision on the dates for the convening of the Geneva Two
Conference will be a big step in ending the crisis in Syria.
I call on all forces to invest their political will and capital in diplomacy to bring peace to Syria.
a responsible nuclear weapon state, we will continue to pursue the
goals of disarmament and non-proliferation and adhere to the policy of
Credible Minimum Deterrence, without entering into an arms race. We
would not, however, remain oblivious to the evolving security dynamics
in South Asia, nor would we agree to arrangement that is detrimental to
our security and strategic interests. Our position on the proposed
Fissile Material Treaty is determined by our national security interests
and the objective of strategic stability in South Asia.
secure and peaceful use of nuclear energy, without discrimination, is
essential for economic development. Pakistan qualifies for full access
to civil nuclear technology for peaceful purposes, to meet its growing
energy needs, for continued economic growth.
the same token, as a mainstream partner in the global non-proliferation
regime, Pakistan has impeccable credentials to join the multilateral
export control regime, including the Nuclear Suppliers Group.
will continue to participate constructively in the Nuclear Security
Summit (NSS) process, which is a laudable initiative.
As a country that has suffered grievously for the past many years, we condemn terrorism, in all its forms and manifestations.
the past twelve years, we have given huge sacrifices, in blood and
resources. We have lost 40,000 precious lives of men, women and
children, which include 8,000 defense and security personnel. There
have been colossal damages to social and physical infrastructure as
well. Our economy has been denied the opportunity to grow fully.
must change now. I have tried to forge national consensus on a
cohesive policy to eliminate terrorism from our soil. For that purpose,
I convened an all Parties Conference, which spoke unanimously against
are resolved to oppose the forces of terrorism, by all means at our
disposal. At the same time, we have offered dialogue to end violence,
wean young extremists off extremism, and integrate all segments of our
society into the national mainstream.
hearts and minds, particularly of the youth, is as important as using
guns to deter terrorism. But dialogue should not be seen as a sign of
weakness or a tool of appeasement.
war against terrorism must be waged within the framework of
international law. The use of armed drones in the border areas of
Pakistan is a continued violation of our territorial integrity. It
results in casualties of innocent civilians and is detrimental to our
resolve and efforts to eliminate extremism and terrorism from Pakistan.
I have urged the United States to cease these strikes, so that we could
avert further casualties and suffering.
knows no borders. It has no religion or creed, which is why maligning a
whole people or a religion on this account, is unfair and unwise.
Islam is a religion of peace, compassion and brotherhood.
yet most insidious form of contemporary racism in the name of religion
is on the rise. Peaceful Muslim communities are profiled and subjected
to discriminatory practices. Their faith, culture, holy personalities
and scriptures are under attack.
of Muslims as extremists and terrorists must stop. We must all use the
influence and reach of the United Nations to avert a clash of
civilizations and promote harmony among followers of diverse religions,
all around the world.
negates Islam’s humanistic outlook and noble values. Those who
perpetrate terrorism are enemies of Muslims and Islam itself.
is the largest troop contributor to UN peacekeeping. Since 1960, we
have contributed 150,000 troops. One hundred and thirty five of our
peacekeepers have lost their lives in service of peace. This is our
most tangible assistance to the United Nations efforts to maintain
international peace and security.
fully support the United Nations’ effort to finalize and implement a
single, coherent post-2015 Development Agenda that identifies benchmarks
for poverty alleviation, sustainable development and social inclusion.
More importantly, we should prepare ourselves to respond effectively to
save our planet from the ravages of climate change.
Government has undertaken an economic revolution in Pakistan so that it
too, can become part of the emerging markets. We have all the
fundamentals and human and natural resources for such a transformation.
In the immediate future, our challenge is to overcome a volatile
security environment, correct structural imbalances in the economy and
bring an end to energy shortages. We are building a new Pakistan with a
robust economy. From the international community, we do not seek aid,
but enhanced trade, market access, investment and strong economic
are creating a new framework for change to provide equal opportunities
and social justice for everyone, eliminate exploitation of the poor,
harness our human resources and restore the dignity of our citizens.
intend to use education as a key driver of socio-economic development
of Pakistan. We are introducing a National Health Service across
Pakistan with the participation of private sector. We have also made
eradication of polio in Pakistan a matter of great importance for my
Government, as we are determined to make Pakistan a polio free country.
is our strong resolve to promote full participation of women in
national development, while protecting their political, social and
cultural rights as agents of change. More than 63 percent of our
population is under the age of 25. By investing in their education and
skills, we aim to tap into this demographic dividend. Minorities are
equal citizens of Pakistan. They will not only have complete freedom to
worship, but we will protect their rights to education, employment and
full political participation.
are deeply saddened by the recent terrorist attack on the members of a
minority community in Peshawar. This heinous attack has united the
entire Pakistani nation in support of our brothers and sisters of all
faith in Pakistan. We share their grief and declared three days of
mourning. This attack has been carried out by the same elements who
have attacked our mosques, our shrines, innocent citizens, and members
of our security forces. However, this attack has further strengthened
my Government’s resolve to deal with terrorism and extremism in a
resolute and comprehensive manner, as I had reiterated in my very first
speech at the National Assembly of Pakistan.
is prone to natural disasters – earthquakes and floods. We have
therefore launched a ten years National Disaster Risk Reduction Policy.
Adopting a proactive and anticipatory approach, we lay special emphasis
on risk assessment, prevention, mitigation and preparedness. We hope
that in future, humanitarian assistance will supplement our national
efforts and resources to prevent natural disasters.
conclusion, I wish to emphasize to this august Assembly that Pakistan
is a strong supporter of multilateral diplomacy, convinced that it is
the most legitimate, ultimate guarantor of peace and security, economic
and social development, and respect for universal human rights.
a non-permanent member of the Security Council, Pakistan has been
making every effort to strengthen the role of diplomacy to resolve
conflicts and to help build states in post-conflict situations. In all
instances, we have upheld the primacy of the Charter.
need multilateral diplomacy so that we continue to respect diversity
while reaching decisions that impact our fate as members of the
international community. Towards this end, the United Nations – the
virtual world parliament – is our best hope.
I thank you, Mr. President.