Non-implementation on Kashmir Resolutions ‘Failure’ of UN: Maleeha
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UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan’s Ambassador to United Nations, Maleeha Lodhi has reminded the international community that non-implementation on Kashmir resolutions is the ‘most persistent failure’ of the UN.
In her speech to the General Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonization (Fourth) Committee, Maleeha Lodhi said, “For over six decades the 15-member Council’s promise to hold a plebiscite under UN auspices to allow the Kashmiri people to determine their destiny has not been implemented”.
“This is the most persistent failure of the United Nations,” Ambassador Lodhi said while participating in a debate on decolonization issues.
She went on to say that it’s decolonization agenda would remain incomplete without settling the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan on the basis of Security Council resolutions that pledged the right of self-determination to the Kashmiri people.
“Today the Kashmiri people have risen again in unison against occupation,” she told delegates from around the world. The ongoing indigenous uprising was a consequence of the denial of their right to self-determination that has been met with characteristic Indian brutality.
During the past two and a half months, over a hundred innocent Kashmiris have been killed, hundreds blinded and thousands injured by Indian bullets and pellets. “This is the worst form of state terrorism, a war crime, which India has perpetrated by its illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir for decades.”
Contrary to Indian claims, the Pakistani envoy said Jammu and Kashmir never was and can never be an integral part of India. “It is disputed territory, the final status of which has yet to be determined in accordance with several resolutions of the UN Security Council,” she asserted.