Difference is stark Pakistan seeks negotiated solution to Kashmir: Maleeha

Urges world community to take solid, meaningful steps to sort out Kashmir issue

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Staff Report

NEW YORK

Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi has said that Pakistan seeks a peacefully negotiated solution to the Kashmir issue and pointed out that India was not willing to talk.

Speaking during the debate on a report of the UN General Assembly, she said that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute remained one of the oldest issues on the UN Security Council agenda, noting that relevant, yet unimplemented resolutions grant Kashmiris the right to self-determination.

“Regrettably”, Maleeha added, “these resolutions remain unimplemented”.

She reiterated Pakistan wanted to resolve all the problems including Kashmir through dialogue.

India always evaded pursuing the talk process with Pakistan to bring an end to the disputes, Lodhi added.

“India is trampling basic human rights in Occupied Kashmir unhindered and [the] international community should take solid and meaningful steps to sort our Kashmir conundrum,” Maleeha said.

“As a party to the Kashmir dispute, this is the UN’s long-standing obligation,” she said.

Maleeha also referred to the June 14 report of the United Nations Office of the High Commissioner of Human Rights (OHCHR), which she said documented in detail the systematic violations of fundamental rights of the Kashmiri people.

The ambassador forcefully advocated the Kashmiri people’s UN-pledged right of self-determination, an Indian representative raised objections, while exercising her right of reply.

Counselor Eenam Ghambir, claimed that Kashmir was an integral part of India.

She added that “terror and talks” do not work together.

Responding to the Indian claims, Pakistan’s delegate, Chaudhary Jawad Ali Chatha said, “Jammu and Kashmir is not a part of India. It never was; it never will be.”

Chatha, a second secretary in the Pakistan Mission to the UN, said that it was regrettable that India was fabricating claims and stressed that no amount of deceit could justify its illegal occupation of Jammu and Kashmir.

Welcoming the establishment of the Secretary General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation, the Pakistani envoy reminded that the Kashmir dispute was one of the earliest applications of Chapter VI of the United Nations.

Earlier in her speech, Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi also highlighted Pakistan’s achievements in the fight against terrorism.

In doing so, Pakistan had paid a heavy price, she said, as tens of thousands of civilians and soldiers had embraced martyrdom, and many more were injured.

She also stressed the importance of addressing the underlying or root causes of terrorism. She cited Secretary-General Antonio Guterres as saying: “No one is born a terrorist, and nothing justifies terrorism, but factors such as prolonged unresolved conflicts,…can play a role in transforming grievances into destructive action”.

Defending multilateralism, she said, “Our destiny is invariably tied to rules-based multilateralism, with the UN at its core.”

Maleeha said that a vibrant United Nations is the best bulwark against the rising tide of populism, protectionism and unilateralism.

Additional input by APP