Pakistan's new UN envoy vows to promote Kashmiris' struggle for 'Azadi', self-determination.


NEW YORK -- Pledging to promote Pakistan's national interests at the United Nations, Munir Akram, the Pakistani Ambassador-designate to the United Nations, said Saturday that his mission was to help advance the legitimate struggle of people of Indian occupied Kashmir for 'Azadi' and self-determination.

"I am highly honoured to have been asked to represent Pakistan at the United Nations once again and I am most grateful to the Prime Minister (Imran Khan), Foreign Minister (Shah Mahmood Qureshi) and the Government of Pakistan for their confidence they have reposed in me," Ambassador Akram said in his first statement after assumption of his office.

"At the United Nations," he said, "Pakistan's central endeavour will be to uphold the security and dignity of our country and to promote legitimate struggle of people of Jammu and Kashmir for 'Azadi' and self-determination, while alerting the world to India's threats against Pakistan."

Referring to threats to Pakistan emanating from the East and the West, he said challenges were always accompanied by opportunities.

Citing Prime Minister Khan's address to the UN General Assembly, in which he expressed Pakistan's desire for peace with all its neighbours to realize its priority goal of economic and human development, Ambassador Akram said, "We are facilitating the peace process in Afghanistan and mediating reduction of tensions between Saudi Arabia and Iran."


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