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PM Modi won’t mention Pakistan in UNGA speech, focus to be on terrorism

All eyes will be on the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA) where Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Pakistani counterpart Imran Khan will take the stage to address the world leaders. The address of both the leaders at the UNGA is much awaited in view of Imran Khan’s attempts to gain the support of the international community against India’s decision to abrogate provisions of Article 370 that gave Jammu and Kashmir a special status.

While Imran Khan’s address at the 74th session of the UNGA may primarily focus on Kashmir, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, reportedly, will not mention Pakistan at all.

PM Modi will be outlining India’s larger role on the world stage and what it was doing for development, peace and security. In his speech, PM Modi would also make references to terrorism and the need to tackle it.

Imran Khan is slated to address the world body after PM Modi. PM Modi would address the UNGA session at around 7:30 pm (India time) and Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s address is scheduled at around 9:30 pm.

India has made it clear that it will not mention Kashmir at all during the time allotted to speak at the global forum as revocation of Article 370 was an entirely “internal issue”.

India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin had earlier said that India will “soar high if Pakistan stoops low” by raking up the Kashmir issue at the UNGA session.

Pakistan has been raising aggressively the pitch on the Kashmir issue and even got Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to speak on Kashmir. While Modi will not talk about Kashmir at the general assembly, a junior Indian diplomat is expected to counter Imran Khan’s statement at the UNGA in the right to reply.

Narendra Modi’s UNGA speech would be followed by the prime minister’s informal meeting with the Indian community outside the UN general assembly hall. PM Modi would also meet Bhutan Prime Minister Lotay Tshering and Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina. After the meetings on the sidelines of UNGA, PM Modi would leave for Frankfurt.

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