Pakistan seeks appointment of special UN envoy to resolve Kashmir dispute

PM Khaqan Abbasi addressing at the UN General Assembly

NEW YORK: Pakistan has called for expeditious steps towards the implementation of UN Security Council resolutions on Kashmir with the appointment of a special envoy to promote a just and peaceful settlement of the festering dispute that has led to heightened tensions between India and Pakistan.
“The international community must act decisively to prevent the situation from a dangerous escalation,” Prime Minister Shahid Khaqan Abbasi told the UN General Assembly,while expressing grave concern over the continuing persecution of the unarmed Kashmiri people, struggling for their right to self-determination.The prime minister said that India had responded with massive and indiscriminate force to suppress the Kashmiris, shooting indiscriminately at children, women and youth. Hundreds of innocent Kashmiris had been killed or injured, he added.”Shotgun pellets have blinded and maimed thousands of Kashmiris, including children. These and other brutalities clearly constitute war crimes and violate the Geneva conventions.”
He also made it a point to speak of Islamabad’s desire for peace with its neighbours, saying Pakistan remained open to resuming a comprehensive dialogue with India to address all outstanding issues, especially Kashmir, and discuss measures to maintain peace and security.
However, he added that “this dialogue must be accompanied by an end to India’s campaign of subversion and state-sponsored terrorism against Pakistan, including from across our western border.”
Dealing with the situation in Kashmir, the prime minister told high level delegates from around the world that India had deployed nearly 700,000 troops in occupied Kashmir to suppress the legitimate struggle of the Kashmiris to exercise their right to self-determination. That was the most intense foreign military occupation in recent history, he said.
He said today the Kashmiri people were waging a heroic and popular struggle to rid themselves of India’s oppressive rule.Demanding an international investigation into India’s crimes in Kashmir, he urged the United Nations Secretary-General and the High Commissioner for Human Rights to send an inquiry commission to occupied Kashmir to verify the nature and extent of India’s human rights violations, secure the punishment of those responsible, and provide justice and relief to the victims.
Pakistan also urged the international community to call on India to: halt pellet gun attacks and other violence against unarmed demonstrators; stop the use of rape as an instrument of state policy; end media blackouts; rescind its draconian emergency laws; and free all Kashmiri political leaders.
The prime minister said India frequently violated the ceasefire along the Line of Control in Kashmir to divert the world’s attention from its brutalities. He said despite over 600 violations since January this year Pakistan had acted with restraint. “But if India does venture across the LoC, or acts upon its doctrine of “limited” war against Pakistan, it will evoke a strong and matching response,” he warned.
“The international community must act decisively to prevent the situation from a dangerous escalation,” the prime minister said. “The Kashmir dispute should be resolved justly,peacefully and expeditiously,” he said. “As India is unwilling to resume the peace process with Pakistan, we call on the Security Council to fulfill its obligation to secure the implementation of its own resolutions on Jammu and Kashmir.” “To this end, the UN Secretary-General should appoint a special envoy on Kashmir. His mandate should flow from the longstanding but unimplemented resolutions of the Security Council.”
In his wide-ranging address, the prime minister also spoke about Pakistan’s desire for peace in war-torn Afghanistan, its counter-terrorism efforts and sacrifices, the Middle East situation, UN reforms, climate change and the country’s economic stability and consolidation of democracy. ‚ĶAgencies


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