Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations (UN) Maleeha Lodhi on Tuesday after separate meetings with UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres and President of the UNSC Anatolio Ndong Mba, told APP that Pulwama incident reinforces the need to address the root cause of violence in occupied Kashmir and to find a peaceful solution to the longstanding dispute in accordance with several UN Security Council (UNSC) resolutions.
“I have reaffirmed Pakistan’s readiness to a constructive and meaningful dialogue with India overall issues, including the core issue of Kashmir, as stated by Prime Minister Imran Khan,” she said. “I explained India’s no-talk posture is not only irresponsible, but it puts at stake, the peace and security of all of South Asia.”
Rejecting India’s allegations, the ambassador said, “I regretted that the knee-jerk Indian reaction was an all too familiar attempt to blame Pakistan without any credible investigation to determine facts.” “Indian brutality and oppression have been met with an intensification of the indigenous Kashmiri struggle against Indian occupation,” she told the UN chief and the president of the 15-member council. “For the Kashmiri people, every victim is not just another statistic — it is a son or a daughter, a brother or a sister, a friend or a ward; with every fallen martyr, a part of them is also slain,” she added.
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17 November, 2019