Kashmir issue is alive at United Nations: Maleeha Lodhi

Pakistan will stand by the Kashmiri people and support their just struggle for self-determination until the achievement of their goal, Pakistan’s Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations in New York Maleeha Lodhi told a large gathering of Pakistanis and Kashmiris in New York, Business Recorder reports.

As reported by the newspaper, Maleeha was presiding over a meeting organized by the Consulate General of Pakistan to mark Kashmir Solidarity Day, she is quoted to have said that the Pakistan Mission was working hard at the United Nations in seeking the implementation of its resolutions on the decades-old Kashmir dispute.

Dr Maleeha Lodhi

“The Kashmir issue is alive at the U.N. and will remain alive until it is resolved,” Ambassador Lodhi told the audience.

But, she said, the efforts of the Pakistan government and its mission here must be complemented by the community members in spreading the word about the grave situation in Kashmir where Indian forces are attempting to suppress their popular uprising for freedom.

Ambassador Lodhi briefed the audience about the steps taken by Pakistan for the resolution of Kashmir dispute on the diplomatic front. She said she raised the Kashmir issue in the Security Council and urged the 15-member body to implement its resolutions non-selectively in order to establish its credibility.

Maleeha said she had also highlighted the Kashmir issue, especially the human rights violations there, in all the forums of the United Nations and had even spoken about to Secretary-General Guterres. The 193-member Assembly has also adopted a Pakistan-sponsored resolution on self-determination which had 70 co-sponsors.

She said the Pakistan foreign minister had also written letters to the secretary-general protesting Indian ceasefire violations in Kashmir and the killings of innocent Kashmiris and calling for the appointment of a special envoy to facilitate a settlement of the Kashmir dispute.

“Until Kashmir is liberated from Indian occupation, our moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people will continue,” the ambassador declared.