As the 78th Session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) approaches, Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar is poised to represent Pakistan on the global stage in New York. With Pakistan’s participation registered well before the end of the previous elected government’s tenure, preparations are in progress to finalize the visit, according to sources at Pakistan’s Permanent Mission in New York.
Anticipation of Representation:
Sources suggest that all indicators point to Caretaker Prime Minister Kakar’s representation at the upcoming UNGA session. While confirmation is still pending, the Foreign Office indicates that interim Foreign Minister Jalil Abbas Jilani and a small delegation of high-ranking officials from the Foreign Office and select cabinet members may accompany Kakar.
Scheduled UNGA Session:
The regular UNGA session is set to commence on September 5, with the general debate scheduled to start on September 19. The specific dates of Caretaker Prime Minister Kakar’s visit will be determined once the final schedule is established.
A Special Role for Caretaker Premier:
In contrast to an elected prime minister, a caretaker premier’s role is limited. However, the Foreign Office is advising Kakar to lead Pakistan’s delegation to the UNGA with the aim of ensuring the nation’s representation at the highest level. During the session, Kakar is expected to address vital regional and international matters, including Afghanistan, the Russia-Ukraine conflict, unresolved disputes such as Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine, growing Islamophobia, and the challenge of climate change.
Sources suggest that Kakar’s speech will also emphasize his commitment to fulfilling his constitutional obligation of conducting free, fair, and transparent general elections in Pakistan. Additionally, he may highlight his interactions with world leaders on the sidelines of the assembly.
Productive Side Meetings:
Efforts are underway to schedule productive sideline meetings for the caretaker prime minister, especially with friendly countries and Western partners. Diplomatic channels are actively engaged to facilitate bilateral discussions during the UN gathering.
Engaging with Financial Institutions:
Regarding potential meetings with heads of international financial institutions, including the International Monetary Fund (IMF), a senior diplomat highlighted that efforts are being made to maximize the trip’s productivity. These engagements would allow Kakar to present Pakistan’s perspective and underscore the interim government’s dedication to fulfilling international obligations.
Caretaker Prime Minister Anwaar-ul-Haq Kakar’s impending representation at the 78th UNGA session marks a significant opportunity for Pakistan to engage with global leaders on a wide range of pressing issues. As the nation’s voice on the international stage, Kakar is poised to address critical matters, foster diplomatic connections, and reinforce Pakistan’s commitment to its constitutional duties and global obligations. The UNGA session holds the promise of productive discussions and meaningful contributions to the global discourse.