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Several UNSC resolutions validate Kashmiris’ right to decide their future: president

ISLAMABAD: President Arif Alvi on Saturday said the United Nations Security Council (UNSC), through several of its resolutions, had validated the Kashmiris’ right to decide their future through a fair and impartial plebiscite. "October 27 marks one of the darkest chapters of the Jammu & Kashmir history. On this day, seven decades ago, Indian forces landed in Srinagar to occupy, subjugate, oppress and terrorise the innocent people of Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir (IoK) in blatant violation of international law," he…

Unimplemented resolutions on Kashmir raise questions on UNSC’s credibility: Pakistan

UNITED NATIONS: Citing the unresolved Kashmir dispute, Pakistan has called for the implementation of United Nations Security Council resolutions that provide for the exercise of right of self-determination by the Kashmiri people to usher in peace in South Asia. “The international community cannot succeed in its efforts to strengthen conflict prevention and promote pacific dispute settlement if the Security Council’s own resolutions are held in abeyance, by some,” Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent…

Pakistan urges equitable representation in expanded UNSC

ISLAMABAD: Pakistan has criticized the aspirants for permanent seats in an expanded UN Security Council including India, Brazil, Germany and Japan for opposing reform of the 15-member body based on the principles of democracy, and vowed to resist any move that serves the interests of a "few" countries. "We will continue to uphold values of democracy, equal opportunity and non-discrimination, but we will not be complicit in any exercise that places narrow self-serving interests of a few over the collective good of the…

Pakistan raises case of Kulbhushan Jadhav in UNSC debate

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan raked up the issue of Indian death-row prisoner and spy Kulbhushan Jadhav in the UN Security Council debate. Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the UN Maleeha Lodhi was responding to Indian ambassador to the UN Syed Akbaruddin who said Pakistan needs to change its "mindset" of differentiating between good and bad terrorists. Lodhi raised the case of Jadhav, who was captured in March 2016 and sentenced to death by a Pakistani court for spying and causing unrest in the province of…

WATCH: UN votes 128-9 to reject US decision on Jerusalem

NEW YORK: The UN General Assembly on Thursday adopted by a decisive vote of 128 to 9, with 35 abstentions, a motion rejecting the US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's capital. President Donald Trump had warned ahead of the vote in the 193-nation assembly that "we're watching" and threatened reprisals against countries that back the measure.  The United States vetoed the same resolution on Monday at the Security Council after all other 14 countries backed the measure. Related US vetoes UN resolution…

Pakistan calls on UNSC to address root causes of human trafficking

NEW YORK: At the United Nations, Pakistan called for addressing the root causes of conflict to combat the heinous crime of human trafficking. Speaking in the open debate of the UN Security Council on Trafficking in Persons in Conflict Situations, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Dr. Maleeha Lodhi told the 15-member council, that as the primary body tasked with maintaining peace and security, it also needs to address the root causes of conflict to remove grounds where such crimes breed. "Unless we eliminate the breeding…

UN budget cuts will adversely affect peacekeeping missions: Lodhi

NEW YORK: Pakistan has told the 15-member United Nations Security Council that ground realities, not political expediency should guide the council’s decisions on peacekeeping. Participating in the debate on UN Peacekeeping operations, Pakistan’s Ambassador Dr. Maleeha Lodhi said that sustaining peace requires investing in peace. "Saving lives, restoring order and the maintenance of international peace and security should remain the overarching objective." Lodhi emphasised the need for adequate resources to…

Pakistan seeks expansion in non-permanent seats at UNSC

UNITED NATIONS: Pakistan and its allies opposing additional permanent members on the United Nations Security Council seek expansion only in the non-permanent seats as it is the only category which reflects equity among regional groups. Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi has told a UN panel as the long-running Inter-Governmental Negotiations aimed at reforming the 15-member council resumed the process on Thursday. “The Council needs to be expanded in a manner that gives a greater chance of representation to the regional groups…

Pakistan calls for increase in non-permanent seats at UNSC

NEW YORK: Pakistan has called for adding more elected seats to United Nations Security Council and said that it is the only way to assure fair regional representation on a reformed council. Participating in the resumed inter-governmental negotiations on Security Council reform, Pakistan’s Ambassador to the UN Maleeha Lodhi said that council’s seats were are presently distributed to an equitable geographic principle only in the non-permanent category. Ms. Lodhi said Pakistan wants to enhance the representation of UNSC…

Masood slams India for granting nativity status to non-Kashmiri Hindus

ISLAMABAD: The President of Azad Jammu and Kashmir (AJK), Sardar Masood Khan said India’s decision to grant nativity status to non-Kashmiri Hindus is a clear violation of the UN Security Council (UNSC) Resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir. While condemning the action, he said Kashmiris were deeply concerned over this development because it is an immoral design to change the demographic composition of the territory, radio Pakistan reported. The AJK President said such moves by the Indian government would further strengthen…