- The Prime Minister asked ECO member countries to unite in support of the Palestinians.
- Israel’s sustained, deadly bombings have been called “reprehensible acts”.
- He says this issue should be addressed through UNSC and OIC resolutions.
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwar-ul-Haq Qakar on Thursday strongly condemned Israel’s war on Gaza, especially the extermination of Palestinian children, comparing it to the “Pharaohs” who killed children on the day of Moses’ birth.
Calling for an immediate halt to Israel’s invasion, the Prime Minister said: “Unfortunately, those who claim to be followers of Moses are following the path of the Pharaohs.”
PM Kakkar’s condemnation came during the 16th Organization for Economic Cooperation summit in Tashkent, Uzbekistan, where he was speaking in front of participants from member countries.
He stressed that all ECO member states should immediately unite behind the Palestinians, stop the violence and encourage humanitarian corridors to help the “unfortunate” and “defenseless” people of Palestine.
Condemning Israel for its atrocities on Gaza residents, PM Kakar said: “The sustained and deadly bombardment of Gaza by Israeli forces is a reprehensible act, which demands international condemnation. This issue needs to be addressed in accordance with the relevant United “There is a need for resolutions of the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) and the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC).”
The Prime Minister urged all ECO member states to push for a ceasefire in Gaza, support calls for the provision of humanitarian assistance, and mobilize efforts to hold Israel accountable.
He also talked about the plight of Kashmiris living in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IIOJK).
The Prime Minister said, “The Kashmir issue should be resolved as per the UN resolutions.”
PM Kakkar acknowledged the regional role of Afghanistan
He said Pakistan wishes to work closely with the Economic Cooperation Organization (ECO) member countries towards the common goal of building a peaceful, prosperous and interconnected Afghanistan.
PM Kakkar acknowledged the important role of Afghanistan in regional connectivity.
“Connectivity projects CASA-1000, Trans-Afghan Railway, Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India Pipeline (TAPI) and others are not just economic projects, they are also strategic investments in our shared future,” he said.
Therefore, the Prime Minister said, Pakistan looks forward to working with other ECO states for a peaceful, prosperous and interconnected Afghanistan.
Highlighting a major development in Pakistan’s investment landscape, the Prime Minister said: “The government has set up a Special Investment Facilitation Council which will provide a single platform for multi-domain cooperation in five key sectors including agriculture, defense production, information technology, The window will serve as a stage.” , Energy and Mining.”
He said all state institutions involved in trade and investment have been brought together under the SIFC umbrella.
“This body has the authority to give directions to any government institution and ensure policy continuity and implementation,” Kakar said while addressing the summit attendees.
He stressed that Pakistan has vast opportunities for investment in various sectors
The Prime Minister said, the ECO region is rich in natural resources, geographical proximity, entrepreneurial people and cultural heritage which is preserved as a basis for expanding trade and economic integration in the region.
“Yet, despite our vast potential and infinite resources, our share in global trade is only 2% and intra-regional trade is 8%,” he said.
He said that development in the region is possible only through commercial activities and trade corridors between ECO countries will play an important role.
“There is a need for more borders and trade corridors in the ECO region,” he said.