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PTI govt aligned towards shaping new future for Pakistan: Espinosa

ISLAMABAD: United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) President Maria Fernanda Espinosa on Saturday said it has been encouraging to see that the incumbent Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) government was aligned towards shaping a new future for the people of Pakistan.

In an exclusive interview with Radio Pakistan, Espinosa said, “a new future is based on combating poverty, corruption and opening up to investments and tourism.”

Endorsing the right track which the country has adopted since PTI came into power, she stressed that, “Pakistan is such a beautiful place which has so much diversity and so much to show to the world.”

“Pakistan has waged a successful and sustained effort against terrorism,” UNGA President said

Commenting on the women empowerment campaign in Pakistan, the UNGA president acknowledged the improvement in this aspect, adding that several women were holding high level positions in the country. “They have strong voices in public opinion.”

She specifically cited Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi and said Lodhi is one of the strongest voices in New York. “Ambassador Lodhi is a great advocate for Pakistan and its agenda on sustainable development goals.”

Espinosa asserted that Pakistan’s contribution in the war on terrorism is an example. “Pakistan has waged a successful and sustained effort against terrorism and its anti-terror efforts have been recognized by the international community.”

She said the overall role of Pakistan towards regional peace and security was commendable, adding that the South Asian giant was playing a very constructive part in Afghan peace process.

Ms. Maria highlighted that Pakistan is among the most important contributors to the UN peacekeeping missions.

Praising Pakistan for hosting millions of Afghan refugees over the last several decades, she said, this speaks volumes about the country’s commitment to peace, security and the international law.

Responding to a question, the UNGA president highlighted that Pakistan is among the most important contributors to the UN peacekeeping missions.

“Pakistan is a very strong and reliable partner of the UN and of the multilateralism system, apart from her peace keeping contributions, both Pakistan and the United Nations have a very good working relationship.”

 

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