|Pakistan slams India for ‘mass blinding’ in Kashmir|
Speaking in the General Assembly’s Special Political and Decolonization (Fourth) Committee, Pakistan’s UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi also said the U.N.’s decolonization agenda would remain incomplete without settling the Kashmir dispute on the basis of Security Council resolutions that pledged the right of self-determination to the Kashmiri people.
She emphasized that implementation of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights and the decolonization agenda was not limited to the issue of Non Self Governing Territories, but also encompassed other peoples living under alien occupation, Samaa reported.
“Our aim therefore should be to ensure that all peoples under colonial administration or foreign occupation are allowed to exercise their inalienable right to self-determination,” the Pakistani envoy said.
The Kashmiri people, she said, were still waiting for the Organization to fulfill its promise to hold a United Nations‘supervised plebiscite that would enable them to determine their own political destiny.
“This represents the most persistent failure of the United Nations,” Ambassador Lodhi told delegates.
By use of force and fraud, India had prevented the people of occupied Jammu and Kashmir from exercising their fundamental right to self determination, she recalled, pointing out that it had deployed tens of thousands of troops to suppress the freedom struggle there.
Accusing India of indulging in “worst form of state terrorism”, the Pakistani envoy said the use of pellet guns against unarmed peaceful protesters had blinded and maimed for life a generation of young Kashmiris. “This has been aptly described as the first mass blinding in human history”.