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Women suffer most from protracted conflicts, foreign occupation: Lodhi

NEW YORK: Pakistan representative at the United Nations (UN) urged the UN Security Council to focus on protracted conflicts especially in Jammu and Kashmir and Palestine to protect women who continue to suffer disproportionately from the violence perpetuated by foreign occupation. Speaking in the Security Council Debate on Women Peace and Security, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said that women were soft targets in conflict situations, often exploited by aggressors as a tactic of war. Ambassador Lodhi…

Inability to resolve Kashmir issue is UN’s ‘most persistent failure’: Lodhi

NEW YORK: Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi said that the right of Kashmiri people to self-determination was recognized by several Security Council resolutions, but the UN’s inability to deliver on this pledge continues to represent the world body’s most persistent failure. Speaking in the General Debate of the Fourth Committee of the General Assembly on Decolonization Issues, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, said the United Nation’s (UN) decolonization agenda would remain incomplete without resolution of the long…

Pakistan raises Kashmir issue in UN Security Council, pointing to atrocities against kids

ISLAMABAD: At the United Nations (UN), Pakistan raised the Kashmir issue and called for effective new ways to protect children from atrocities committed by the Indian occupation forces in Jammu & Kashmir, says a press release received on Tuesday from New York. “Children are often at the heart of conflict and are in consequence directly targeted. Their homes and schools are destroyed and food and water supplies deliberately cut off," Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said while speaking in the Security…

Indian aggression threat to world peace, Maleeha tells UNSC chief

NEW YORK: Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi met UN Security Council (UNSC) President Gustavo Meza-Cuadra to apprise him of the ongoing Indian brutalities in Indian held Kashmir.   In a statement, Maleeha said that during the meeting she raised the issue of Indian atrocities and the blatant violation of human rights in occupied Kashmir as well as frequent ceasefire violations along the Line of Control (LoC) by Indian forces. She said Indian aggression posed a serious threat to world…

North Korea threatens to “sink” Japan, reduce U.S. to “ashes and darkness”

SEOUL: A state agency of North Korea threatened on Thursday to use nuclear weapons to “sink” Japan and reduce the United States to “ashes and darkness” for supporting a U.N. Security Council resolution and sanctions over its latest nuclear test. Pyongyang’s Korea Asia-Pacific Peace Committee, which handles the North’s external ties and propaganda, also called for the breakup of the Security Council, which it called “a tool of evil” made up of “money-bribed” countries that move at the order of the United States. “The…

Major U.S. allies in Asia welcome new U.N. Security Council sanctions on North Korea

UNITED NATIONS/SEOUL: Major U.S. allies in Asia welcomed on Tuesday the U.N. Security Council’s unanimous vote to step up sanctions on North Korea, with its profitable textile exports now banned and fuel supplies to the reclusive North capped after it its sixth nuclear test. Japan and South Korea said after the passage of the U.S.-drafted Security Council resolution they were prepared to apply more pressure if Pyongyang refused to end its aggressive development of nuclear weapons and ballistic missiles. Monday’s decision…

Iran warns US not to ‘create new tensions’ over missiles

TEHRAN: Iran's Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif on Tuesday warned the United States against "creating new tensions" with Tehran over ballistic missiles tests. "We hope that Iran's defence programme is not used by the new US administration... as a pretext to create new tensions," Zarif said in a televised press conference with visiting French counterpart Jean-Marc Ayrault. The UN Security Council is due to hold emergency talks called by Washington on Tuesday on Iran's recent test-firing of a medium-range missile,…

Israel pulls back from approving new East Jerusalem homes

JERUSALEM: Jerusalem's city hall cancelled a vote on Wednesday on applications to build nearly 500 new homes for Israelis in East Jerusalem, a municipal official said, plans that had drawn US criticism in a raging dispute over settlements. The proposed settlement is part of building activity that the UN Security Council demanded an end to on Friday, a resolution that a US abstention made possible. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu requested the decision be put off, said Jerusalem Planning and Housing Committee member…

Aziz briefs P5 mission heads on Indian aggression across borders

ISLAMABAD: Prime Minister’s Adviser on Foreign Affairs, Sartaj Aziz on Friday briefed mission heads of the UN Security Council permanent members (China, France, Russian Federation, UK and US) on the continued and unprovoked ceasefire violations by Indian forces along the Line of Control (LoC) and working boundary. The adviser strongly condemned the attack on a civilian bus in the Neelum Valley on November 23, when Indian shelling across the frontier into Pakistani-controlled Kashmir killed at least 10 people and three…