Pakistan has referred to as on the UN Safety Council to demand an finish to India’s repressive army lockdown of occupied Kashmir, now in its second month and transfer to implement its resolutions pledging the appropriate of self-determination to the long-suffering Kashmiri individuals.
“This travesty should finish,” Pakistan’s Everlasting Consultant to the UN Maleeha Lodhi stated throughout a UN Basic Meeting debate on the annual report of the 15-member Council on Thursday.
Recalling that the Safety Council had adopted at the least 11 resolutions on the Kashmir dispute, the Pakistani envoy informed the 193-member Meeting that, when it fails to make sure implementation, the implications are paid in blood over generations.
“Within the case of Kashmir,” she stated, “this bloodshed has lasted over seventy years, and has accounted for the lives of over 95,000 Kashmiris, together with numerous ladies and kids.”
Ambassador Lodhi additionally identified that whereas the Safety Council actively pursues the implementation of some resolutions, it ignores others, thus reflecting double requirements in its work.
“In our area,” she stated, “the festering occupied Kashmir dispute, serves, not solely as a reprehensible face to a brutal and suppressive occupation but additionally a relentless reminder to the solemn dedication that the Safety Council, via its a number of resolutions – at the least eleven – made to the Kashmiri individuals, promising them their proper to self-determination.”
Confronted with the unlawful Indian annexation of occupied Kashmir on August 5, the grim actuality of occupation has turn out to be ever starker for the Kashmiri individuals.
Ambassador Lodhi warned that unilateral motion and gross violations of Safety Council resolutions threaten the rules-based worldwide order, in addition to the Council’s legitimacy and credibility.
On the stalled UNSC reform course of, Ambassador Lodhi stated Pakistan seeks a council that’s democratic, efficient, accountable to member states and “in sync” with the up to date world.
In an apparent reference to the extreme marketing campaign for everlasting seats on the Council by India, Brazil, Germany and Japan, often known as the Group of 4, she stated their “divisive techniques” had been solely prolonging the deadlock and vitiating the ambiance for negotiations.
“The reform course of can’t be held hostage to the person nationwide pursuits of everlasting seats,” stated the Pakistani envoy, which firmly opposes extra everlasting members and advocates enlargement solely within the non-permanent class.
On UN peacekeeping operations, Ambassador Lodhi stated Pakistan takes nice pleasure in its position and main contribution to the world physique’s flagship exercise, together with in Sierra Leone, Cote d’Ivoire, Timor-Leste and Liberia.
“Even at present, over 5,000 Pakistani troopers proceed to function flag-bearers of hope and a affluent future, for tens of millions bothered by battle the world over.”