November 12, 2019

Pakistan to engage 35 world leaders at UNGA on IHK situation

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan will involve at least 35 world leaders, including US presidents. The United States, China, Russia and France and the British Prime Minister, on the highest step this month during the summit session of the 74th United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) in New York on the edge of the annual meeting of the world leaders.

They will be informed about the serious situation in India Held Kashmir (IHK) that has been annexed by India through the violation of the various resolutions of the UNSC, as it is recognized that it is an area in dispute. Prime Minister Imran Khan will lead the delegation of Pakistan, while Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi will accompany him and both leaders will interact with world leaders outside the world summit.

The leaders of ten non-permanent members of the UNSC, heads of state / government of important countries of the Organization for Islamic Cooperation (ICO) and important countries of the region will be essentially among the leaders who will interact with the head of delegation of Pakistan.

Well-located diplomatic sources told The News here on Sunday that Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood has asked Pakistani envoys posted in interested capitals to approach the authorities of their host countries to adjust the schedule of meetings summit on the edge of the UNGA.

Pakistan’s permanent envoy to the UN ambassador, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, is making efforts to make the occasion as fruitful as possible to highlight the issue of Kashmir in the most important international forum. She has held a series of meetings with the relevant senior officials of the world body to make the environment of the UN headquarters as favorable to the voice of Pakistan.

The sources noted that Prime Minister Imran Khan and his Indian counterpart, Narendra Modi, will be under one roof for at least three days during the UNGA, but it is unlikely that they will have a casual meeting or shake hands during the days.

Similarly, Shah Mehmood Qureshi and his Indian counterpart, Subramnium Jaishankar, will attend at least seven meetings together, including one of the foreign ministers of the Saarc countries, but their bilateral meeting is out of probability.

Foreign Secretary Sohail Mehmood and his Indian counterpart Vijay Keshav Gokhale will also meet at meetings of senior officials of different groups, but they also have no plans for a meeting. They will remain at the UN headquarters for about 10 days, sources said.

Shah Mehmood Qureshi will attend another important meeting of the OIC Contact Group on Kashmir that will head Turkey. It will be the group’s second meeting in approximately six weeks since it had an emergency meeting last month in Jeddah following the Indian annexation of IHK. Qureshi will inform the group about the latest situation in the region and Kashmir, sources said.

Sources indicated that Imran Khan will visit Saudi Arabia on his return trip from New York later this month. He will have meetings with the Saudi strongman, Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman. It will be a significant diplomatic development.

The prime minister could also take the opportunity to have an audience with King Salman bin Abdul Aziz during his important visit to the Kingdom.

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