UNITED NATIONS - Pakistan is determined to eliminate terrorism through the latest operation Zarb-i-Azb against the terrorists in the tribal areas,.
Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Masood Khan, Permanent Representative of Pakistan in a statement at the Humanitarian Affairs Segment of the United Nations Economic and Social Council (ECOSOC) said due to the security forces' operation against terrorists in the tribal areas, the Government of Pakistan is dealing with disastrous humanitarian consequences and providing assistance to thousands of people temporarily dislocated.
He said that the Secretary General's report establishes how serious the humanitarian crises have become and the forecast for the coming years was more precarious. “Worldwide, there are 11.1 million refugees and 33.2 million internally displaced persons and their number is increasing. Last year alone one million people became refugees and 8.1 were newly displaced. Asia was hit the hardest, accounting for half of the total disasters and 88% of all human losses”, he added.
Pakistani envoy said that Syria continues to bleed as all sides and their supporters are pursuing a military solution. He said, “Half of Syrian population, about 10 million, is in need of humanitarian assistance; and yet despite some success, essential foods and medicines cannot be delivered to hard-to-access areas. Ordinary civilians - men, women and children who are non-combatants caught in the atrocities, are fleeing their homes”. He added that fighting must stop; guns should go silent; arms supplies should cease so that real diplomacy was given a chance to save lives and find a viable political solution.
He also referred to the Occupied Palestinian Territory where the humanitarian situation should be eased by Israel by stopping demolitions and evictions in the West Bank and lifting the blockade of the Gaza Strip which increases unemployment and food insecurity.
Pakistan urged the Myanmar Government to continue to promote inter-religious harmony to stop persecution in Rakhine and Kachin states.
Pakistan expressed support to OCHA’s paradigm shift towards disaster risk reduction and management to focus on preparedness, resilience, transformation through innovation and technology adaptation, and interoperability.
Ambassador Masood Khan said that as a country prone to a variety of disasters, Pakistan had already embraced this change. “Disaster risk reduction has been comprehensively integrated into our ten-year National Disaster Management Plan”, he added.
He said that till last year, Pakistan witnessed monsoon floods for the fourth consecutive year affecting 1.5 million people. He added that the number decreased from the past three years, but the challenge is still enormous for a country whose resources have been constantly taxed by the presence of nearly 3 million registered and unregistered Afghan refugees for over thirty four years.