We are the voice of Kashmiris: Maleeha Lodhi

NEW YORK: Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi on Friday said Pakistan was the voice of the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir in the United Nations.

Speaking at a gathering of Kashmiri and Pakistani diaspora in New York the ambassador said Pakistan was fighting the case of Kashmiri people at the international forum on the basis of irrefutable moral and legal grounds.

She said that Pakistan’s Mission to the United Nations serves as the voice of the Kashmiri people at the world body.

“Today I briefed the President of the Security Council, Gustavo Adolfo Velasquez, on the grave situation in occupied Jammu and Kashmir,” the Pakistani envoy told the gathering.

She said that she also told him about the escalation of ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC), which together pose a ‘serious threat to international peace and security.’

The Pakistani envoy said she reminded the UN of its responsibility to address the grave situation in Kashmir that has long been on the UN agenda but Security Council resolutions and promises to the Kashmiri people remain unimplemented.

“The Kashmir issue is very much alive at the UN and will remain alive until it is resolved according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir and UN Resolutions,” she added.

Ambassador Lodhi said that the atrocities by occupying forces in Jammu and Kashmir have crossed all limits of barbarism while freedom movement of the Kashmiri people has entered a new phase.

“This is manifested in the unprecedented resistance being offered against the Indian occupying forces.”

In their latest wave of oppression, Indian occupation forces martyred more than 20 innocent Kashmiris in a brutal crackdown on April 1. Indian soldiers also opened fire on funeral processions and peaceful protests, injuring over 200 Kashmiris.

Expressing unwavering solidarity with the people of Kashmir, Ambassador Lodhi said that the BJP government could never succeed in suppressing the Kashmiri freedom movement. “Until Kashmir is liberated from Indian occupation, our moral, political and diplomatic support to the Kashmiri people will continue,” the ambassador declared.

Pointing to the unparalleled brutality and casualties of innocent Kashmiris in a single day in occupied Kashmir, she said that this testifies to the readiness of the BJP government to go to any lengths to suppress the popular uprising for freedom.

Earlier, Pakistan Consul General Raja Ali Ejaz also expressed Pakistan’s solidarity with the people of Kashmir and urged the audience to make contacts with American politicians, lawmakers and common citizens to apprise them of the deteriorating situation in Jammu and Kashmir.


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