Pakistan urges reconciliation in Center East to unite Ummah

UNITED NATIONS: Underscoring the necessity for reconciliation within the Center East, Pakistan instructed the United Nations Safety Council Tuesday that Prime Minister Imran Khan has been holding consultations with the management of Saudi Arabia and Iran to forge unity throughout the ranks of the Islamic Ummah.

“Pakistan will proceed to play its position for peace and stability within the area,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, the outgoing Pakistani everlasting consultant to the UN, stated whereas collaborating in a debate on the scenario within the Center East.

Earlier this month, the prime minister made flying visits to Tehran and Riyadh the place he had talks with prime leaders of Iran and Saudi Arabia in a bid to ease the present tensions between the 2 international locations.

“At this precarious second in historical past, reconciliation throughout the area is crucial to keep away from additional instability, the Pakistani envoy stated, including that it was important for a peaceable and affluent the Center East.

On this regard, she emphasised that any framework for regional peace should be constructed on the muse of mutual respect.

Calling upon all events to desert the pursuit of slim nationwide pursuits, the Pakistani envoy stated any worldwide involvement should be primarily based on an unequivocal dedication to multilateral options and political processes.

Certainly, unilateral measures solely trigger struggling to civilians, and nowhere is that extra evident than within the occupied Palestinian Territory, she stated.

“The continued army occupation, increasing settlement exercise within the occupied territory, together with East Jerusalem, and the looming risk of the annexation of the West Financial institution haven’t solely undermined the objective of a two-State answer however have additionally imperiled peace and safety within the Center East and past,” the Pakistani envoy stated.

“On our half, Pakistan’s solidarity with the folks of Palestine is agency and unwavering.”

Mentioning that Jammu and Kashmir marked its seventy-second anniversary of unlawful occupation on 27 October, Ambassador Lodhi stated the Palestinians will quickly mark the identical anniversary of their very own unlawful partition, however underlined that each one makes an attempt at subjugation in the end fail.

“A lot because the persevering with tragedy of the Palestinians and the Kashmiris nonetheless awaits redressal, they’re nonetheless, reassured of their conviction that whereas darkish and forbidding, the evening of occupation will yield someday to the sunshine of freedom and dignity for them and different peoples residing underneath overseas occupation,” the Pakistani envoy declared.

On the outset, Ambassador Lodhi spoke of a rising tide of advanced and interconnected challenges pushing the Center East in the direction of a vortex of violence and instability.




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FM needs Maleeha Lodhi finest as envoy relinquishes from UN cost

ISLAMABAD: International Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi felicitated Dr Maleeha Lodhi on the completion of her tenure as Pakistan’s everlasting consultant to the United Nations, following the latter’s resignation from the publish. 

Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Qureshi wrote: “On the completion of her tenure as Pakistan’s Ambassador to UN, I want to prolong my gratitude to Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi.”

The overseas minister stated that Ambassador Lodhi served the nation with “utmost dignity, diligence and honour.” He additionally wished her one of the best for future endeavours.

Lodhi, replied to the minister’s tweet, by saying that it was an honour to serve Pakistan and that she is going to proceed to take action.

In line with the overseas ministry, Munir Akram will substitute Lodhi as Pakistan’s everlasting consultant to the United Nations.



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Pakistan urges early resumption of Afghan peace talks

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has expressed the hope that the U.S.-Taliban talks, which had been abruptly suspended over the weekend, would quickly resume and open the best way in direction of intra-Afghan negotiations that will result in a peaceable settlement of the long-drawn battle in Afghanistan.

“We hope the suspension of the peace talks is simply a pause and can resume sooner moderately than later as the choice is a surge in violence, which may push Afghanistan into much more turbulent and unsure part than has been witnessed to date,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi advised the UN Safety Council, whereas assuring of Pakistan’s function as a facilitator of the Afghan peace course of.

Talking in a debate on the scenario in Afghanistan, she mentioned Pakistan had at all times condemned violence and referred to as for all sides to train restraint and to stay dedicated to the peace course of out of its perception that there was no army resolution to the Afghan battle.

The Pakistani envoy mentioned that 9 rounds of direct talks between the US and the Taliban had brightened prospects to place in place the primary important basis of a settlement, elevating hope that the events appeared nearer to that objective than at every other time up to now 18 years.

Earlier this week, U.S. President Donald Trump referred to as off peace negotiations with the Taliban that his particular envoy Zalmay Khalilzad had been carrying on for nearly a yr, after the Taliban claimed duty for killing 12 folks, together with a U.S. soldier, in an assault in Kabul.

The Afghan authorities was not a part of the talks, however President Ashraf Ghani has mentioned his authorities is keen to interact in peace talks with the Taliban underneath the fitting circumstances, together with a cease-fire.

In her speech, Ambassador Lodhi mentioned the current setback mustn’t dampen hopes and the resolve to persist within the endeavour.

“We urge each side to re-engage, and look ahead to an early resumption of talks,” Ambassador Lodhi added.

“Aside from Afghanistan itself, there is no such thing as a nation that has suffered greater than Pakistan from the 4 a long time of warfare and international interventions in Afghanistan,” she mentioned.

In June, Ambassador Lodhi mentioned Afghan President Ghani and Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan dedicated to undertake a forward-looking strategy and transfer away from the mistrust of the previous.

“Our efforts in facilitating the Afghan peace course of, opening of the Torkham crossing level for industrial visitors on a 24/7 foundation, and opening of our air house have given additional impetus to our bilateral relations,” she mentioned.

Pakistan, she mentioned, had supplied important help to Afghanistan in growth help within the training, well being, reconstruction and infrastructure growth sectors, giving particulars of the particular tasks to the 15-member Council.

Pakistan has hosted tens of millions of Afghan refugees for 4 a long time, “opening our houses and hearts to our brothers and sisters”.

“We stay dedicated to their protected, dignified and voluntary repatriation,” the Pakistani envoy added.




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Pakistan requires strengthening of UNMOGIP after India’s ‘unlawful’ actions

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan has urged the United Nations Safety Council to discover the potential of strengthening the UN Army Observer Mission in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP), which displays the Line of Management (LoC) in Kashmir.

“UNMOGIP’s function and significance have elevated dramatically since India’s unlawful de facto annexation of occupied Jammu and Kashmir on 5 August, in flagrant violation of a number of Safety Council resolutions,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi instructed the 15-nation Council.

“Its efficacy has additionally grow to be consequential on account of mounting ceasefire violations by Indian forces, which necessitate common and formal reporting to the Council,” the Pakistani envoy mentioned whereas taking part in a debate on UN Peacekeeping Operations, the world physique’s flagship enterprise.

The Pakistani envoy underscored the necessity for the Safety Council to proceed monitoring the state of affairs in occupied Kashmir, which is underneath siege since India’s clampdown almost six weeks in the past, and to make sure that India additionally permits it the requisite freedom of entry and motion to ensure that it to meet its mandate.

UNMOGIP was deployed in January 1949 to oversee the ceasefire between India and Pakistan within the State of Jammu and Kashmir. Whereas Pakistan permits UN observers to observe the LoC, India doesn’t.

The group, primarily based in Rawalpindi, consists of 44 navy observers, supported by 25 worldwide civilian personnel and 47 native civilian workers.

In her remarks, Ambassador Lodhi mentioned Pakistan has been a constant and dependable troop contributor to UN Peacekeeping Operations since 1960, offering over 200,000 troops to 46 missions.

On this context, she mentioned that Pakistan, as a bunch to UNMOGIP, appreciates the function that the observer group performs in sustaining regional stability.




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Maleeha urges UNSC President to take discover of Indian actions in Kashmir

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi on Tuesday briefed the Safety Council president, diplomats and UN officers on the grave state of affairs within the South Asian area, particularly within the wake of India’s unlawful annexation of the occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

The Pakistani envoy apprised her counterparts of the breach by India of UN Safety Council resolutions on Kashmir with the revocation of the territory’s particular standing that has spawned a regional disaster.

Among the many diplomats, she interacted with was China’s UN Ambassador Jun Zhang.

Throughout her assembly with Joanna Wronecka of Poland, the president of the 15-member Council for the month of August, Ambassador Lodhi referred to as the Indian motion “an egregious assault on the dignity of the Kashmiris,” in accordance with knowledgeable sources.

She referred to as on the Safety Council to demand that India halt and reverse its illegal and destabilizing actions; guarantee full compliance with UN Safety Council resolutions, and chorus from any steps that intervene with the settlement of the decades-old Jammu and Kashmir dispute.

“The tragedy of Kashmir has thus, come full circle,” the Pakistani envoy advised UNSC President, the sources stated. In 1947, she identified, India occupied Jammu and Kashmir on equally fallacious grounds.

“The actual Indian intention to institute these adjustments is to change the demographic construction of the Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” Ambassador Lodhi advised UNSC President Wronecka. Since these actions may materially breach the plebiscite preparations beneath the UN auspices, she stated, they represent a flagrant violation of Safety Council resolutions, significantly with regard to the belief of the appropriate to self-determination of the Kashmiris.

These Indian machinations however, the Pakistani ambassador defined that related Council resolutions present that ‘the ultimate disposition of the State of Jammu and Kashmir can be made in accordance with the need of the folks expressed by the democratic technique of a free and neutral plebiscite performed beneath the auspices of the United Nations’.

The unilateral Indian motion can not revoke this authorized ‘truth’ and is, due to this fact, extremely vires and void, Ambassador Lodhi stated. Pakistan, she stated, resolutely condemns this sly Indian try and perpetuate its unlawful occupation of Jammu and Kashmir, including, “The valiant Kashmiri wrestle for self-determination can’t be crushed by a parliamentary act.”

Kashmiris throughout the spectrum, the Pakistani envoy advised President Wronecka, have unequivocally rejected the Indian transfer. Reasonable voices inside India have additionally berated Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s authorities for mortgaging Kashmir to its slender political pursuits, she identified.

“Tellingly, India is totally conscious of the illegality of its actions,” she stated, declaring that he legislative ‘farce’ within the Indian Parliament was thus, preceded by extra deployment of 38,000 troopers to the occupied territory, compelled exodus of all outsiders, imposition of curfew, detention of the reputable Kashmiri management, and suspension of communication companies.

“These aren’t actions of a state with reputable claims over territory however are acts of a usurper who seeks to occupy territory and subdue its folks, beneath duress and subjugation,” Ambassador Lodhi stated.

In 2018, she stated Indian forces dedicated greater than 2350 ceasefire violations ensuing within the martyrdom of 36 civilians whereas numerous others sustained accidents, noting that this harmful development continues unabated throughout the present 12 months.

“Because the preeminent physique tasked with the upkeep of worldwide peace and safety, the Safety Council ought to take speedy cognizance of the state of affairs,” Ambassador Lodhi emphasised.

In line with sources, the us president listened to the Pakistani envoy and stated she was intently following the developments in Kashmir.




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In UN, Pakistan stresses on inclusive political process for durable peace

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan mentioned that the sustainability of good points in peacekeeping operations wants a political course of which prevents any relapse into battle.

Talking within the United Nations Basic Meeting (UNGA) within the debate on the Peace-building Fee and Peace-building Fund, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, careworn the necessity to preserve the UN Peace-building Fee (PBC) financially sturdy in order to allow the 31-member intergovernmental physique meet the post-conflict wants of nations rising from turmoil.

She referred to as on the worldwide neighborhood to spend money on the peace-building which entails ample funding and capability constructing of state establishments.

Peace, the Pakistani envoy additionally emphasised, is sustained when its foundations are primarily based on inclusiveness.

“Nationally owned political processes should, due to this fact, be supported as solely they’ll chart a sustainable path ahead” she acknowledged.

Whereas noting the numerous contribution of the UN’s Peace-building Fee over time to assist the efforts of nations rising from battle, Ambassador Lodhi careworn the vital function of the Fee in transition conditions following the conclusion of peacekeeping operations.

Peacekeeping efforts, due to this fact, ought to construct on the work of UN peacekeepers to consolidate the efforts of blue helmets on the bottom, she argued.

Ambassador Lodhi instructed the 193-member world physique that as a founding member of the Fee, Pakistan, believed that peace-building was the pure and indispensable successor of peacekeeping.

She additionally instructed the Basic Meeting that Pakistan, together with Japan and Norway, was championing revolutionary financing to reinforce present monetary streams for the Peace-building Fund.

“We absolutely perceive the significance of funding in peace-building”, she mentioned and added that Pakistan appeared ahead to partaking with stakeholders within the system to discover choices for strengthening the Fund each by way of assets and utilization mechanisms.

Ambassador Lodhi welcomed the Fee’s emphasis on enhancing worldwide and regional engagement with nationwide governments.

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