Human security

Economic security, a crucial function of national security: Qureshi

ISLAMABAD: Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi on Monday chaired an interactive session on economic diplomacy at the Foreign Ministry, which was also attended by envoys from Pakistan to the United States, Turkey, Austria, Iran, Russia, the Netherlands, and the Permanent Representatives in New York and Geneva. This was the eighth meeting in the series.

While emphasizing the growing importance of geo-economics in international politics, the Minister of Foreign Affairs said that economic security is a crucial function of national security. He underscored the government’s paradigm shift from geopolitical contestation to geo-economic cooperation and urged envoys to make concerted efforts to implement the government’s economic agenda, the Foreign Ministry said.

The Minister of Foreign Affairs also praised the central role played by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and its overseas missions in safeguarding Pakistan’s economic interests, especially in the successful implementation of various government initiatives / programs such as the Roshan Digital Account Initiative.

During the session, participants identified bottlenecks hampering bilateral economic cooperation with envoys giving their recommendations in this regard. They provided valuable input and information on how to improve economic cooperation at bilateral and regional levels.

Meanwhile, the Indian charge d’affaires was summoned to the Foreign Ministry and asked to convey the Pakistani government’s serious concerns to the Indian government over the widely reported open calls by Hindutva supporters to commit the genocide of India. Indian Muslims.

Pakistan also called on the international community, including the United Nations, OIC and relevant human rights organizations, to hold India accountable for its gross and systematic human rights violations against minorities, especially Muslims, and to take immediate action to prevent them from imminent genocide.

These violent hate speeches were made during the “Dharma Sansad” which was held in Haridwar, Uttarakhand, from December 17 to 20, 2021. He was impressed by the Indian government that it was highly reprehensible that Prabodhanand Giri of the Hindu Raksha Sena and other Hindutva figures who called for ethnic cleansing have expressed no regrets and the Indian government has so far neither condemned nor taken any action against them.

“The Indian side has been told that the reported hate speech has been viewed with serious concern by civil society and a cross-section of the people of Pakistan and around the world. Unfortunately, the toxic discourse against minorities, especially Muslims, and their persecution under state patronage has become a norm under the combined BJP-RSS government led by Hindutva in India, ”the Foreign Ministry said.

The Indian side was reminded that such incitement to violence by prominent Hindutva figures, including elected members of the ruling party, also preceded the anti-Muslim riots in New Delhi in February 2020.

The Indian diplomat was briefed on the continuing serious violations of the human rights of minorities, especially Muslims and their places of worship, anti-Muslim legislation by the Indian Union government and several states ruled by the Indian Union. BJP, and continuing incidents of violence against Muslims under spurious pretexts. by Hindustva groups with impunity and often under state patronage highlight the growing trend of Islamophobia and present a grim picture of the plight of Muslims in India.

“India should investigate these hate speeches and incidents of widespread violence against minorities, especially Muslims and their places of worship, and take measures to prevent such incidents from happening again in the future. Pakistan also urged India to ensure the safety, security and well-being of its minorities, including the protection of their places of worship and their way of life, ”added the Foreign Ministry.

Meanwhile, according to Indian media reports, apart from Muslims, the Christian community was also under attack. Christmas celebrations saw attacks by Hindu extremists on churches, destruction of their statues, intrusions into halls and disruption of prayers. On Monday, the Modi government shockingly froze the bank accounts of Mother Teresa’s Missionaries of Charity.