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UNGA adopts Pak-sponsored resolution stressing interreligious dialogue

NEW YORK: The United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) Wednesday adopted by consensus a resolution, sponsored by Pakistan and the Philippines, on promoting interreligious and intercultural dialogue. Speaking to APP after the 193-member Assembly's action, Pakistan's UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said the resolution, which this year garnered a record 49 co-sponsors, had evolved into a "significant document" to pave the way for genuine and constructive dialogue across the world's cultural and religious dialogue. Under it's…

Diplomatic surge needed for Afghan Peace: Maleeha Lodhi

NEW YORK: At the United Nation, Pakistan called for a diplomatic surge in Afghanistan while reminding the world body that Prime Minister Imran Khan had long urged a political settlement to end the war. Speaking in the General Assembly in the debate on the situation in Afghanistan, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi said there was a clear international consensus that durable peace could only be achieved through a political settlement. “For close to two decades”, Ambassador Lodhi said, “Pakistan’s Prime…

Pakistan calls for assisting middle-income countries achieve debt sustainability

NEW YORK: Pakistan has highlighted middle-income countries' leading role in achieving Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), particularly those related to poverty, and called for helping them attain long-term debt sustainability and financial inclusion. "Middle-Income countries contribute almost half of the global GDP (Gross Domestic Product), but they are also home to 73% of the world’s poor," Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi told the UN General Assembly which held a high-level meeting on gaps and impediments faced by…

Maleeha apprises UN of PM Imran’s initiative against defamation of religions

NEW YORK: Pakistan's Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi  told the United Nations (UN) about Prime Minister Imran Khan’s plan for an international campaign against defamation of religions. Speaking at the Eighth Global Forum of the United Nations Alliance of Civilization, Pakistan’s permanent representative at the UN said, his prime minister had made a major announcement to counter Islamophobia and incitement to hatred being witnessed in some parts of the world. “Hate narratives are spreading in several parts of the world;…

Palestine solution imperative for regional peace: Maleeha Lodhi

New York: At the United Nations (UN), Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi called for a resolution of the Palestinian dispute, describing it as an imperative for regional peace and stability. Permanent representative of Pakistan at the UN, Lodhi said that the “lack of progress on the Palestinian issue had not only betrayed the hopes and aspirations of generations, but had also sowed the seeds of endless hostility and discord in the region.” She was speaking in the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly on the Report of the…

Pakistan increases contribution to UN agency to help Palestinian refugees

New York: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Maleeha Lodhi handed over Pakistan’s enhanced contribution for Palestinian refugees to the representative of the UN Relief and Works Agency (UNWRA), the agency working to provide relief to Palestinians. Speaking on the occasion at the Pakistan Mission to the UN, ambassador Lodhi said this was done on the instructions of the government of Pakistan, and in accordance with the wishes and aspirations of the people of Pakistan. “The people of Pakistan have always…

Denial of Kashmiri’s rights is “a telling example” of Indian impunity: Lodhi

NEW YORK: Speaking in the third committee of the General Assembly on Promotion and Protection of Human Rights, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations (UN), Maleeha Lodhi, stated that India’s consistent denial of the Kashmiri right to self-determination is “a telling example” of Indian impunity. "The egregious violations of human rights in Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir are a blot on the conscience of humanity, and these abuses demand immediate corrective action by the international community," said Maleeha Lodhi…

CPEC to benefit entire region, Pakistan tells UN

NEW YORK: Pakistan has told the United Nations that the flagship, multi-billion dollar China Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) project is an “exceptional example” of South-South cooperation that is aimed at achieving shared economic and development goals.  “CPEC’s scale and scope is enormous, and it is expected to bring huge economic and developmental benefits not just to China and Pakistan, but also to our region and beyond,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said in a speech to the General Assembly’s Second Committee, which…