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PM Sharif Calls for SCO’s Joint Action to Address Economic Recession, Terrorism, Climate Change

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Nizamuddin Rezahi
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Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif on Tuesday called for a joint action by the member states of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) to address the common challenges of economic recession, terrorism, and climate change.

In his virtual address at the 23rd meeting of the SCO council of heads of states, the Pakistani premier said, “The SCO represents a promising future only if we seize the opportunity to achieve the shared goals for the region’s peace and prosperity.”

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi chaired the 23rd SCO online summit, which was participated by Chinese President Xi Jinping, Russian President Vladimir Putin, United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, Kazakhstan’s President Kassym-Jomart Tokayev, Tajikistan’s President Emomali Rahmon, Uzbekistan’s President Shavkat Mirziyoyev, and Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi among other leaders of the observer states.

PM Sharif further added that China Pakistan Economic Corridor is a flagship project of the Belt and Road Initiative, which could become a game-changer of progress in view of Pakistan’s location connecting the region.

On terrorism and extremism, the prime minister said the “monster” must be fought with vigor and determination by all SCO states.

This comes as Pakistan has been the victim of terrorism and extremism for years. Over the past two years’ militancy and terror attacks have claimed the lives of scores of innocent civilians and security personnel.

In his remarks, PM Sharif stated that the grave humanitarian crisis and economic meltdown in Afghanistan needed urgent corrective measures by the interim Afghan government and the international community. He also urged the SCO member states and regional players to play their respective roles to help Afghanistan overcome the economic crisis.

On climate-induced disasters, the prime minister said the situation demanded global solidarity as it was the time to act “now and immediately”. He mentioned that Pakistan, during the last year’s flash floods, faced the “horrors of climate change”, leading to 1,700 deaths and economic losses worth $30 billion.

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