ISLAMABAD: Special Assistant to Prime Minister (SAPM) on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Aashiq Awan on Tuesday sought the nation’s support — especially the media — in highlighting the situation in occupied Kashmir ahead of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s address at the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) on September 27.
Prime Minister Imran Khan will represent the country at the upcoming 74th session of UNGA to be held in New York this September.
“Pakistan’s brief delegation will comprise the Prime Minister and Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi to avoid burden on the national exchequer,” said Awan.
During the visit to UNGA, Khan, and Qureshi, “unlike their predecessors,” would not stay at seven-star luxurious hotels but at the residence of the ambassador or consul general, added Awan. the decision was in line with the spirit of austerity to save public money and divert it towards the betterment of people, she said.
She recalled that family members of a former prime minister attended in private capacity the official events, including that of UNGA, which was totally an unjustified act.
She said that Modi’s address is slated a day before Prime Minister Imran Khan’s and urged the media to aggressively pursue the agenda of shedding light on the plight of Kashmiris between today and that day.
SAPM further revealed that if India does not lift the curfew in occupied Kashmir, Pakistan plans on pursuing the matter “within the legal framework” on international forums.
Premier will address the 74th UNGA session for the first time since he assumed office in August last year. Earlier, Foreign Minister Qureshi had represented the country at the 73rd session last September.