UNITED NATIONS : 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, Lodhi
said that India is committing ‘war crimes’ which have
left the young generation sightless and maimed for life.
“This has been aptly described as the first mass
blinding in human history”, said the Pakistani
ambassador to the UN, according to an official press
She said that the decolonisation agenda of the UN will
remain unfulfilled without peaceful resolution of one of
the longest disputes of all time.
“This represents the most persistent failure of the
United Nations”, Lodhi stated.
She further mentioned that since 70 years India has been
preventing the Kashmiris from excercising their
fundamental and inalienable right to self-determination
through ‘force and fraud’.
She said that the deployment of tens of thousands of
Indian troops in the occupied territory is primarily
aimed at suppressing the legitimate freedom of the
“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. The
yearning and aspiration of the Kashmiri people for
freedom from the occupation remain unbeaten, she added.
Ambassador Lodhi asked the UN to fulfill its promise of
holding a UN-supervised plebiscite in order ‘to enable
Kashmiris to determine their political destiny’.
Ambassador Lodhi while highlighting the plight of the
Palestinians, said that Pakistan will continue its
support for the just struggle of the Palestinian people
While denouncing the illegal policy of settlement
construction, she said that a strong and viable state of
Palestine was the only guarantor of peace in the region,
She said that the continued existence of colonialism in
any form was contrary to the UN Charter and to the
Universal Declaration of Human Rights.
“The UN has a moral responsibility in this regard and we
must all work toward eliminating the remaining vestiges
of colonialism”, she said in her concluding remarks.