ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister Imran Khan on Friday has said that Pakistan’s first priority at present is to confront and conquer the COVID-19 pandemic.
He was virtually speaking at the Conference on Future of Asia under the theme Shaping the Post-Covid Era: Asia’s Role in the Global Recovery this morning.
Prime Minister Imran Khan said the COVID-19 pandemic has badly damaged the poor and developing countries but we should keep our economies open for quick recovery.
The prime minister said he proposed a five-point agenda for debt relief, the Special Drawing Rights and reallocation, larger concessional finance, fulfilment of climate finance commitments, and an end to illicit financial flows from developing countries.
Imran Khan said his suggestions for economic recovery are now being recognized and consensus has emerged. He underlined the need to enhance COVID vaccine production.
“The pandemic has badly affected the poor countries,” the premier said and urged the world to help the poor countries in strengthening their economies.
“The virus has created the worst global health, economic, and social crisis in the past 100 years,” he added.
PM Khan also welcomed debt service suspension by the G-20 countries amid the COVID-19 outbreak.
He added that we cannot progress economically unless we resolve the disputes in the region.
On Kashmir, he urged the international community to take action against atrocities being committed by occupation forces in Indian Illegally Occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine.
Imran Khan said India will have to stop human rights violations in occupied territory and should rescind the illegal actions taken on August 5, 2019, to resume dialogue.
He said the Kashmir dispute can be resolved by the implementation of the UN resolutions.
The premier also welcomed the extension of G20’s debt suspension initiative, the agreement to create $650 billion in new SDRs, to expand International Development Association funding, and to expand emergency support programme for multilateral development banks.