Srinagar: At the United Nations (UN), Pakistan raised the Kashmir issue and called for effective new ways to protect children from “atrocities committed by the Indian forces” in Jammu and Kashmir, The News reported on Thursday quoting a press release issued from New York.
“Children are often at the heart of conflict and are in consequence directly targeted. Their homes and schools are destroyed and food and water supplies deliberately cut off,” Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said while speaking in the Security Council debate on “Children in Armed Conflict”.
“Under foreign occupation, they are subjected to arbitrary arrests, detention and torture. And mass blinding too, as the use of pellet guns by the forces in Jammu and Kashmir testifies,” she asserted.
Pointing to the recent report by the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights on the ‘Situation of Human Rights in Kashmir’, Ambassador Lodhi said, “There were multiple cases of children under 18 years being arbitrarily detained and tortured under the garb of a black law,” the Public Security Act.
The Pakistan envoy said that last year witnessed a significant increase in incidents of abuse of children worldwide, making 2017 another “nightmare year”, for children trapped in conflict.“The plight of children in Palestine, Kashmir, Myanmar and Yemen should galvanize the international community to find new and effective ways to protect those most vulnerable”, she said.