How Pakistan media desperately tried to look at brighter side of Shahid Khaqan Abbasi speech at UN

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New Delhi | Published: September 22, 2017 3:44:26 PM

Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday made his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly.

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Pakistan Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi on Thursday made his maiden address to the United Nations General Assembly. Abbasi who otherwise is considered media shy, during his address, attacked India by saying that the struggle of the people in the region is being “brutally suppressed” by the country and further urged the United Nations (UN) to appoint a special envoy to Kashmir. In a desperate attempt to defend its the country’s reputation, Pakistan media reported this event in order to improve the perception of people about them. According to several Pakistani media outlets, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi’s visit has brought forth several positives for the country, Firstpost reported.

While talking on the Pakistan-Afghanistan diplomacy, The Nation claimed that the speech presented by Afghan president Ashraf Ghani to the United Nations General Assembly has reiterated the need to sustain talks with Pakistan to establish peace and security in the region. The Nation’s report states, “This call for dialogue is a reflection of Afghanistan’s realisation that the answer to Afghan stability does not lie in blaming Pakistan, rather including Pakistan in the peace process. While Afghanistan, following the narrative of India, has maligned Pakistan a lot in the past; this speech can mark and outline the future frame of action.”

On the similar lines, another leading news daily of Pakistan, Dawn while making the need for strong Pakistan-Afghan ties clear says, “the contours and breadth of proposed dialogue between the two countries must not become a sticking point at this stage; it is more important for dialogue to be continued before it is expanded to include all areas of mutual concern.” The report further states, “The differences between the US and Afghanistan on one side and Pakistan on the other are deep. The so-called South Asia strategy of the Trump administration has triggered alarm in Pakistan and it remains to be seen what, if any, punitive measures beyond the further curtailment of economic assistance to Pakistan the US may attempt.”

While talking about India being a threat for Pakistan, Shahid Khaqan Abbasi in his address yesterday had said, “for us, India was the force that we have fought three wars with. India is a threat to Pakistan, we accept that.”

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