Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr. Maleeha Lodhi says India’s denial of the UN-pledged right to self determination to the Kashmiri people is a telling example of its impunity.
Speaking at the General Assembly’s Third Committee, which deals with social, humanitarian and cultural questions, she said when they demand this right, the people of Jammu and Kashmir are met with repression and ruthless human rights abuses at the hands of Indian occupying forces.
Pakistani envoy said the detailed June 14 report of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights had “lifted the veil from decades of obfuscation of massive violations” of human rights in Indian occupied Kashmir.
She said the situation remains a blot on the conscience of humanity, and one that demands immediate corrective action.
Ambassador Lodhi said the Universal Declaration of Human Rights has served as a catalyst for progress, and yet, egregious and systematic rights violations take place every day, with plausible deniability becoming the new norm.
Stressing the values of empathy, compassion and understanding, the Pakistani envoy said, “We should not allow diversity of backgrounds, beliefs and perspectives to be endangered by the demons of hatred and extremism.
Reaffirming Pakistan’s commitment to protecting human rights, Ambassador Lodhi said the new government of Prime Minister Imran Khan is committed to the consolidation of democratic institutions, the rule of law and improving good governance, as well as to a new framework for social change, which focuses on education, health, women, youth, and minorities.