PRESS RELEASE

Meeting at Pakistanís UN mission in NY to highlight Kashmiri plight

New York, 22 July, 2016

Pakistanís Permanent Representative to the United Nations, Dr. Maleeha Lodhi briefed representatives of the Kashmiri diaspora in New York on the evolving situation in the backdrop of the grave human rights violations being committed in Indian Occupied Kashmir.

Dr. Lodhi informed participants of the meeting, which was convened at the Pakistan Mission to the UN, that the government of Pakistan stood firm in its principled policy of providing moral and diplomatic support to the Kashmir cause.

Pakistan was actively pursuing the issue at various forums at the United Nations. She stressed the importance of an independent inquiry into the extra judicial killing of Burhan Wani and innocent protestors. The plight of unarmed Kashmiri civilians, killed, blinded and maimed was forcefully brought to the attention of the international community. Ambassador Lodhi had highlighted this latest escalation during her statement at the General Assembly in a debate on human rights.

She also raised this during meetings with the UN leadership as well as with the President of the Security Council.

In this regard, the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Foreign Affairs, Mr. Sartaj Aziz, had written to the UN Secretary-General Ban ki Moon, the President of the UN Security Council, the Secretary-General of the OIC, and the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights to express Pakistan's serious concern on the alarming situation in Indian occupied Kashmir, drawing their attention to the brutal killing of innocent civilians and grave violations of the fundamental human rights of the Kashmiris by Indian forces.

Denial of the right of self determination to the people of occupied Kashmir through an independent plebiscite, promised to them by various Security Council resolutions, was at the heart of the current flare up, which threatened regional peace and security, Ambassador Lodhi told partcipants. She called for the UN to fulfill its 68 year-old promise to the Kashmiri people.

Members of the Kashmiri diaspora attending the meeting appreciated Pakistan's consistent support and its efforts of taking up the issue at different international forums. They pledged to continue highlighting the issue through efforts directed at the media, human rights organizations and local political leaders.