Wrong to weaponise economic tools: Pak minister Khar at WEF as leaders debate Ukraine, Afghanistan
As the global leaders debated the Ukraine crisis and condemned Russian aggression, Pakistan minister Hina Rabbani Khar on Tuesday said the world has reached an inflection point where every country was being asked to choose sides or getting branded as being on the opposite side.
Khar, Pakistan's Minister of State for Foreign Affairs, was speaking at a session on the geopolitical outlook at the World Economic Forum Annual Meeting 2022.
''If the future generation asks what did the global leadership do when there was a pandemic, a hunger crisis, and a crisis in the form of climate change, and the answer is given that the world went to war, I do not think that would be a good answer,'' she said.
''It is a difficult time for all of us to be. If the answer is it was a confrontation and not collaboration, that won't is a good answer. I think the future generation has every right to judge us,'' Khar said.
The minister further said that if every time we have to ask who do you chose, it shows how far we have fallen as a global community.
''This is due to the choices we have made for the last 20 years. If the two largest economies of the world are at a confrontation and countries like Pakistan are given very simple binary choices -- are you with us or are you against us and if you are with them then you are against us, that is very difficult and impossible to answer. It is even more difficult for Pakistan,'' she added.
Khar said she genuinely believes that it is an inflection point for the world.
''Either we can allow confrontations to guide the leadership's decision for the future, or we allow liberal values. The world was a much better place to live 20 years back.'' Khar said everyone wants a rule-based order, but somehow we have begun cherry-picking those rules.
''We start weaponizing the economic tools. We know the impact of intervention but we do not know the impact of sanctions on general people around the world. We are living in an extremely dangerous world.'' On Afghanistan, she said Pakistan wants the world to ensure that an ordinary Afghan is not made to suffer due to the moral compulsions of others. We cannot allow millions of Afghans to go hungry.
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