Int’l community needs to turn solidarity for flood-hit people into action: PM

Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif talks to flood affectees during his visit at a relief camp set up for flood affected people at Qambar bypass
APP33-050922 LARKANA: September 05 - Prime Minister Muhammad Shehbaz Sharif talks to flood affectees during his visit at a relief camp set up for flood affected people at Qambar bypass. APP

NEW YORK, Sep 20 (APP): Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif Tuesday emphasized the international community to realize their sentiments of solidarity for the flood-stricken people of Pakistan into action for much-needed relief and rehabilitation of the suffering humanity.

The prime minister, who is currently on a US visit to attend the 77th session of the United Nations General Assembly, told a private television channel (Geo News) that he had “encouraging” interactions with the world leaders on the sidelines of the annual meeting of the 193-member world body.

He mentioned his bilateral meetings with Austrian chancellor and Spanish counterpart Pedro Sánchez and others, saying the objective was to sensitize the international community at the United Nations platform about the devastation caused by the disastrous floods in Pakistan.

He said UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, in his address at the high-level debate on the issues of global peace and security, particularly mentioned “Pakistan” thrice” to highlight the worrisome situation caused by the climate change-induced floods.

He said the UN chief also talked about showing solidarity with flood-hit Pakistan. However, this solidarity needed to be turned into actions, he added.

Asked whether the Kashmir issue, besides floods, would also be part of his speech at the UNGA, the prime minister replied “why not.”