NEW YORK: Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi on Thursday urged UN to resolve the disputes of Kashmir and Palestine.
Speaking at a high-level debate on Peace and Security in the United Nations in New York, Lodhi said that UN should make efforts to resolve the two long-standing disputes.
“People of Kashmir and Palestine need justice for their rights,” she said adding that injustices being done to the people should be resolved.
Ms. Lodhi underscored the need for the world body to stop pursuing double standards and honour the commitments made to the people through its resolutions.
“The 193 nation’s world body should play its role against the military aggression and denial of the right of self-determination to people living under occupation,” Lodhi said.
She asked the UN Security Council as to why it is reluctant to refer legal disputes to the International Court of Justice.
“These major disputes could be solved in the Security Council. I think there’s no need to take them International Courts. UN should discuss these matters with all nations’ representatives,” she said.
Earlier, the Organization of Islamic Cooperation (OIC) called for the resolution of Kashmir issue in light of UN resolutions and according to the wishes of the people of Kashmir.
OIC Special Representative on Jammu and Kashmir Ambassador Abdullah Al-Alim expressed these views in a meeting with Prime Minister’s Advisor on Foreign Affairs Sartaj Aziz in Islamabad on Wednesday.
Al-Alim said that people of Kashmir are losing hope to get freedom. They have set their eyes on the UN Security Council.
He further said that Security Council should play its role to help Kashmiri people getting their rights of freedom.
Al-Alim also expressed concern at gross human rights violations by Indian forces in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
On the occasion, Sartaj Aziz said that Pakistan will raise the Kashmir issue with India in Foreign Secretaries meeting.
“We are trying to resolve the long-standing dispute and are looking forward to see the progress by India,” he said adding that Pakistan is ready to hold talks with India on the issue.