UNITED NATIONS, Oct 16 (TNS):Pakistan has told the U.N. that it’s decolonization agenda would remain incomplete without settling the Kashmir dispute on the basis of Security Council resolutions that pledged the right of self-determination to the Kashmiri people.
“Unless this pledge (to the Kashmiris) is kept, this will continue to represent the most persistent failure of the United Nations,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said in a speech to the General Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonization (Fourth) Committee on Monday.
India, she said, had deployed hundreds of thousands of troops in Indian occupied Kashmir, unleashing a reign of terror along with employing the most brutal violence to deny the Kashmiris their right to self-determination.
Human rights violations in Indian occupied Kashmir have now been documented in the report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights as well, the Pakistani envoy pointed out.
“The right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination has been recognized and promised to them by the UN Security Council, and by both India and Pakistan,” Ambassador Lodhi told delegates from around the world. “But they still wait for the fulfillment of the promise of holding a UN-supervised plebiscite, to enable them to determine their political destiny.”
In this regard, the Pakistani envoy emphasized the need for determining the future of Jammu and Kashmir in accordance with United nations Security Council resolutions.
“This is the demand of law, morality and the dictate of the fundamental right to self-determination,” she added.
In the Middle East, Ambassador Lodhi said that lasting peace will continue to elude the region until the Palestinian people are allowed to exercise their right to self-determination.
Underlining the significance of the work of the Committee, Ambassador Lodhi said that political and socio-economic progress of people is imperiled and retarded under foreign occupation and alien domination.
She said, “more than one generation has not had the opportunity to experience and enjoy the freedom that we all take for granted.”
The desperation and hopelessness of people living under alien or colonial subjugation doesn’t just deserve our attention and empathy, it should also be a call for action,” she said.
“Concerted effort is required for uniform and non-discriminatory implementation of the relevant UN Resolutions,” the Pakistani envoy said.
“Selective application only erodes the confidence of the international community, undermines the credibility of the UN system, and encourages a culture of impunity,” she said.
“Law must prevail over arbitrary power,” Ambassador Lodhi said, adding, “And Right must prevail over Might.”