Nawaz Sharif Address to UN General Assembly – Spoke Softly But Gave a Harsh Message
Ansar Abbasi Writes in Daily TheNews
Islamabad (Saturday, September 28, 2013) – Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif made a good speech in his address to the UN General Assembly. He used soft words but conveyed a harsh message to the arrogant US, the docile UN, the anti-Islam West and the ever-dominating India.
He spoke against drones; he highlighted the Kashmir issue forcefully; he demanded of the UN Palestine’s membership; he talked of UN reforms; he desired of resolving all issues through peaceful means and warned the anti-Islam West from moving towards the clash of civilisation.
Nawaz Sharif did not name the United States but smartly implied that the present world was being bullied by Washington. He was cautious in his choice of words but smartly conveyed that the policy of ‘might is right’ is in practice right now, and there is no fairness in the world politics.
He emphasised on the respect for sovereignty and territorial integrity of all the member states of the UN for which this global body has completely failed. He thus suggested, “The United Nations needs reform. But it should be a reform that reflects the interests of all, not the ambitions of a few. It was a message for the UN from its own floor that the United Nations is nothing more than a puppet of US and, therefore, requires immediate reforms to treat the member states in a fair manner. To the disappointment of hawkish Indians and the war-mongers, he talked at length on the issue of Kashmir and reminded the UN that its seven-decade-old resolution for the self determination of Kashmiris remains unimplemented even today.
Two days before his meeting with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, Nawaz Sharif’s Kashmir part of his UN speech is likely to frown many in India who were already pressing Singh not to meet Nawaz Sharif on the sidelines of UNGA session.
Truly representing the feelings of Muslims all over the world, Nawaz Sharif told the West how unfairly and in biased manner, it treated Islam and its followers in the post-9/11 era. In an apparent reference to the treatment meted out to the Muslims in the western societies and the unending anti-Islam campaigns, Nawaz Sharif protested that maligning a religion or all of its followers for the wrongs of one or a group of persons was unfair and unwise.
“Islam is a religion of peace, compassion and brotherhood. And yet most insidious form of contemporary racism in the name of religion is on the rise. Peaceful Muslim communities are profiled and subjected to discriminatory practices. Their faith, culture, holy personalities and scriptures are under attack. Stereotyping of Muslims as extremists and terrorists must stop. We must all use the influence and reach of the United Nations to avert a clash of civilisations and promote harmony among followers of diverse religions, all around the world,” Nawaz Sharif said. In the recent times, rarely any Muslim leader has spoken so bluntly on this account before the anti-Islam West.
Nawaz Sharif said that he wants to engage with India to resolve their issues through peaceful means. He suggested the same for the present Syrian government and the opposition besides highlighting that his own government has preferred dialogue to use of force to bring peace and end terrorism.
Nawaz Sharif assured that Pakistan would help the world and the UN to the peaceful resolution of Afghanistan issue but expected the same from the US and the UN to get the drone attacks stopped.