The non-implementation of United Nations (UN) resolutions on Kashmir remains the world body’s “most persistent failure,” Pakistan has said.
The UN’s decolonisation agenda would remain incomplete without settling the Kashmir dispute on the basis of Security Council resolutions that pledged the right to self-determination of the Kashmiri people, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN Maleeha Lodhi told the General Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonisation (Fourth) Committee.
The Kashmiri people, she said, were still waiting for UN to fulfil its promise to hold a United Nations-supervised plebiscite that would enable them to determine their own political destiny.
“This represents the most persistent failure of the United Nations,” Ambassador Lodhi told delegates.
She emphasised that implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the decolonisation agenda was not limited to the issue of Non-Governing Territories, but also included other people living under alien occupation.
“Our aim, therefore, should be to ensure that all people under colonial administration or foreign occupation are allowed to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination,” the Pakistani envoy said.
By use of “force and fraud,” India had prevented the people of Jammu and Kashmir from exercising their fundamental right to self-determination, she said, pointing out that New Delhi had “deployed tens of thousands of troops to suppress the freedom struggle there.”
Accusing India of indulging in “worst form of state terrorism”, the Pakistani envoy said that the use of pellet guns against unarmed peaceful protesters had blinded and maimed for life a generation of young Kashmiris. “This has been aptly described as the first mass blinding in human history,” she said.
The Minister in India’s Permanent Mission, Srinivas Prasad, who spoke later said in his scheduled speech, “We reject the efforts of the delegation of Pakistan to bring issues which have never been on the agenda of this Committee ever in its history.”
“We-consider it a diversion from the agenda and as a distraction not worthy of a response,” Prasad added.