Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi condemned India on Tuesday for the aggressive use of pellet guns against peaceful protestors in occupied Kashmir, calling the act as first mass blinding in human history.
While addressing the General Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonization (Fourth) Committee, Maleeha Lodhi said that India was committing war crimes, which had left the young generation sightless and maimed for life, said media reports. “This has been aptly described as the first mass blinding in human history,” said the Pakistani ambassador to the UN.
She said that the decolonisation agenda of the UN would remain unfulfilled without peaceful resolution of one of the longest disputes of all time – the Kashmir dispute. “This represents the most persistent failure of the United Nations,” she stated.
Maleeha Lodhi further mentioned that for the last 70 years, India through ‘force and fraud’ had been preventing the Kashmiris from exercising their fundamental and inalienable right to self-determination. She said that the deployment of tens of thousands of Indian troops in occupied Kashmir was primarily aimed at suppressing the legitimate freedoms of the Kashmiri people.
“India uses all methods from barbaric violence and extreme cruelty to fraudulent elections to deprive the Kashmiris of their right to self-determination and perpetuate its unlawful occupation,” she stated.
The people of Jammu and Kashmir will continue to wage the struggle for their right to self-determination with courage and conviction, said the Pakistani envoy, and added that the yearning and aspiration of the Kashmiri people for freedom from the occupation remained unbeaten.
Maleeha Lodhi asked the United Nations to fulfill its promise of holding a UN-supervised plebiscite in order to enable the Kashmiris to determine their political destiny by themselves.—KMS