PM heads home from New York “fully satisfied”

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By Shafek Koreshe

NEW YORK Sept 22 (APP): Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan
Abbasi left here for home at the end of a very hectic schedule
in which he highlighted Pakistan’s vital role and strong
stance against terrorism in his meetings with leaders and at
the UN General Assembly.
Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in his maiden visit to the United
Nations had back to back engagements that included meetings
with several world leaders, media interactions, speeches at
the General Assembly and OIC Contact Group.
The Prime Minister was upbeat about his visit and said
it gave him an opportunity to not only discuss bilateral
matters with leaders of the United States of America, the
United Kingdom, Jordan, Turkey, Nepal, Iran and Sri Lanka, but
also to present Pakistan’s case better to the world.
In an informal chat with President Trump at a reception
hosted at the iconic Palace Hotel, Abbasi had a handshake and
informed him that Pakistan was “partner with the US” in the
war against terror.
The Prime Minister said he got a positive response both
from Trump and earlier in his meeting with the Vice President
Mike Pence, which led to an understanding between the two
sides to continue dialogue to clear misperceptions.
“No one has given more sacrifices than us” he told the
193 member world body in his address at the General Assembly.
Spelling out Pakistan’s stance on Afghanistan at the
72nd Session of the General Assembly Prime Minister said his
country was not prepared to fight the Afghan war on Pakistan’s
soil.
The Prime Minister also demanded of the United Nations
Secretary General for expeditious steps towards the
implementation of the UN Security Council Resolutions on Jammu
and Kashmir and called for appointment of a Special Envoy to
promote a just and peaceful settlement of the decades old
dispute between India and Pakistan.?
“The international community must act decisively to
prevent the situation from a dangerous escalation,” the Prime
Minister said.
Abbasi said a dossier detailing atrocities by the Indian
occupational forces against the Kashmiris struggling for their
right of self determination were also handed over to the UN
Secretary General.
The Prime Minister told the General Assembly that
Pakistan was ready to resolve all outstanding issues with
India, however linked it with ” an end to India’s campaign of
subversion and state sponsored terrorism against Pakistan,
including from across our western border.”
The Prime Minister also interacted with top US investors
and businessmen at a luncheon specially hosted by the US-
Pakistan Business Council. He apprised them about the
encouraging business environment in Pakistan that offered
lucrative returns and security of investment.
Pakistan’s ambassador to the United Nations Dr Maleeha
Lodhi told APP that the Prime Minister was “fully satisfied”
with his visit as it helped put the estranged ties with the
United States back on track.
In a talk on the challenges facing the country and the
way forward, here at the Council of Foreign Relations, the
Prime Minister rejected the perception created by the US
President Donald Trump while announcing his new policy on
South Asia and Afghanistan.
Abbasi told the participants that Pakistan was the only
country that was fully engaged against the extremists and
terrorists with over 200,000 troops involved.
“We have taken the war to the terrorists and are in the
final stages of wiping out their few remaining hideouts,” he
said.
His other engagements included meetings with the heads
of World Bank, World Economic Forum and the UN Secretary-
General.
Foreign Minister Khawaja Muhammad Asif would stay in the
United States for few more days to interact with senior US
officials.
The Prime Minister was seen off by Ambassador Maleeha
Lodhi and Ambassador Aizaz Chaudhry.
The Prime Minister would stop over in London and meet
former Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif before leaving for
Islamabad.