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Decolonization agenda to remain incomplete without settling Kashmir dispute: Maleeha

New York, October 08 (Online): Pakistan’s Permanent representative at the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has said that the decolonization agenda would remain incomplete without settling the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan on the basis of Security Council resolutions.

While addressing at the General Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonization Committee, the Pakistan envoy said that for over six decades UN Security Council had failed to implement resolutions promising a plebiscite to allow the Kashmiri people to determine their destiny. “This is the most persistent failure of the United Nations,” she said.

She said the Security Council has pledged the right of self-determination to the Kashmiri people. She said for over six decades it failed to hold a plebiscite to allow the Kashmiri people to determine their destiny.

Ambassador Lodhi mentioned the Indian atrocities in occupied Kashmir and stressed that generation after generation of Kashmiris has seen only broken promises and brutal oppression.
“Today the Kashmiri people have risen again in unison against occupation. The ongoing indigenous uprising is a consequence of the denial of their right to self-determination. This has been met once more with characteristic Indian brutality,” she said.

The Pakistani envoy briefed the audience that over the past two and a half months over 100 innocent Kashmiris have been killed and thousands have been injured by Indian bullets and pellets in Indian Occupied Kashmir (IOK).

Ambassador Lodhi said that the Jammu and Kashmir never was and will never be an integral part of India. She again underlined that “Kashmir is disputed territory, the final status of which has yet to be determined in accordance with several resolutions of the UN Security Council. The right of the Kashmiri people to self-determination has been acknowledged and promised to them by the Security Council,” she said.