NEW YORK: Pakistan has urged the world to resolve the decades-old Kashmir dispute to usher peace in the region.
Speaking at a high-level forum on Culture of Peace, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said that the plight and profound suffering of the Kashmiri people should shake the world conscience and swing the international community into action.
She said the situation in Occupied Jammu & Kashmir was a travesty of international law, justice, and humanity.
The Pakistani envoy said peace could not be achieved amid widespread economic and social deprivation, human rights abuses and situations of political and economic injustice.
In this regard, she cited Kashmir and Palestine as the most glaring and tragic examples of historic injustices where people are still denied their fundamental right to self-determination.
Both these issues remained an unfinished agenda of the United Nations.
United Nations General Assembly’s annual high-level session – which sees heads of state and government and top ministers from nearly all member states gather in New York to weigh in on the vital issues of the day – will begin on Sept 12.