Maleeha Lodhi

Pakistan calls for transparent UN inquiry into extra judicial killings in IHK

NEW YORK: Pakistan called for an independent and transparent United Nations inquiry into the extra judicial killings in Indian occupied Kashmir, terming the situation in Kashmir a grave threat to peace and security.

According to a press release, Pakistan’s position was conveyed by Ambassador Dr. Maleeha Lodhi to the Secretary General’s office. Briefing Under Secretary General Edmond Mullet, the Chef d’ Cabinet of UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon, on the atrocious brutality by Indian security forces in Occupied Jammu and Kashmir, Ambassador Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, informed him that the assassination of a popular Kashmiri youth leader Burhan Wani had set off widespread protests which were being responded to by heavy handed tactics by Indian occupation forces.

These tactics included firing on unarmed civilians, which had already led to over 40 deaths, and was further deteriorating an already tense situation. Over 1,500 people have been injured many of whom are in critical condition.

Mr Mulet told the Pakistani envoy that the UN Secretary General was concerned about the deteriorating situation in Indian-held Kashmir,and that he was ready to mediate peace talks between India and Pakistan provided the two neighbours accept his good offices. He also pointed to the fact that the Secretary General had voiced this concern in a public statement.

Ambassador Lodhi said that the situation should be of grave concern to the international community as it poses a threat to peace and security.

The Pakistani Envoy called the use of excessive force against civilians exceedingly deplorable and condemnable.

She informed Mullet that many of the injured had permanently lost their vision due to injuries caused by the use of pellet guns to disburse peaceful protestors. Indian forces were firing at unarmed protesters under instructions of ‘shoot to kill’ and curfew remained imposed in most parts of Indian Held Kashmir.

Leaders of the APHC (All Parties Hurriyat Conference) have all been confined to house detention. The continued imposition of a curfew has brought life to a halt and is caused mounting hardship to the people.

Indian forces have even attacked hospitals where harassment of doctors and paramedic staff has been reported. Even the injured and their attendants were assaulted in the hospitals. Ambulances too have been attacked by Indian occupation forces.

Dubbing the Kashmiris agitating for their right to self-determination as “terrorists” was a travesty of truth and was further inflaming passions, she argued.

Ambassador Lodhi also reminded the United Nations of its longstanding commitments to the people of Jammu and Kashmir under several UN Security Council resolutions.

The international community must call on the Indian government to honour its human rights obligations and its commitments to peacefully resolve the Jammu and Kashmir dispute in accordance with UN Security Council resolutions, she concluded.

Earlier in a General Assembly debate Ambassador Lodhi made a forceful statement calling for implementation of SC resolutions and drawing the attention of the world body to what she called atrocious violations of human rights in occupied Kashmir, the press release added.

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