Pakistan govt aligned towards shaping a new future: Maria Fernanda Espinosa

Islamabad: UN General Assembly President Maria Fernanda Espinosa has stated that the government of Prime Minister Imran Khan was aligned towards shaping a new future of Pakistan. In an interview with state-run media on Saturday, she stated this new future is based on combating poverty, corruption and opening up to investments and tourism.    She said Pakistan is such a beautiful country which has so much diversity and so much to show to the world. She said the country is on the right track. With regard to women empowerment in Pakistan, the President of UN General Assembly said there has been a lot of improvement as several women are holding high level positions in the country. They have strong voices in public opinion. Particularly mentioning Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi, she said the envoy is one of the strongest voices in New York. She said Ambassador Lodhi is a great advocate for Pakistan and its agenda on sustainable development goals. Maria Fernanda Espinosa said Pakistan’s contribution in the war on terrorism is an example. She said Pakistan has waged a successful and sustained effort against terrorism and its anti-terror efforts have been recognized by the international community.  Maria said Pakistan’s overall role in regional peace and security is commendable. She said the country is playing a very constructive role in Afghan peace process.  Peace in Afghanistan is also beneficial for Pakistan.  She also appreciated the way Pakistan generously hosted millions of Afghan refugees over the last several decades. She said over two million Afghan refugees are still living in Pakistan.  This, she said, speaks volume about Pakistan’s commitment to peace and security and the international law.   Responding to a question, Ms. Maria pointed out that Pakistan is amongst the most important contributors to the UN peacekeeping missions and “we really recognize and respect the contribution made by the country in our peace keeping operations across the world.” She said it also reflects Pakistan’s commitment to the United Nations and peace and security. She expressed the confidence that Pakistan will continue to be supportive of our peace keeping operations.