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Pakistan Scores Major PR Win at UNSC Meeting Over Kashmir

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Pakistan Scores Major PR Win at UNSC Meeting Against India As Kashmir Is Recognized An Internationally Disputed Territory

In a major PR victory over India, Pakistan claims that the United Nations Security Council (UNSC) meeting has proven Indian-administered Kashmir as an internationally disputed territory.

The UNSC held on Friday its first meeting on the territory in nearly half a century, with tensions rising over India’s move to strip the disputed region of its autonomy.

The meeting began as Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan spoke with US President Donald Trump, who last month controversially offered to mediate in the seven-decade old Kashmir dispute between the nuclear-armed rivals.

India ended the autonomous status of its portion of the Muslim-majority territory by annexing Article 370. It then stepped up movement restrictions and cutting off phone and internet access to head off civil unrest, and igniting calls from Pakistan for the international community to intervene. The curfew in Jammu and Kashmir is still prevalent.

Maleeha Lodhi’s Remarks at the UNSC Meeting Which Recognized Kashmir ‘s Plight

“Pakistan welcomes this meeting of the UN Security Council to discuss the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir,” said Maleeha Lodhi, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the United Nations, while briefing the press after the meeting.

She said the meeting was called on the request of Foreign Minister Shah Mehmood Qureshi. “He asked for this meeting in a letter that I communicated to the president of the Security Council.”

“The voice of the people of occupied Kashmir has been heard today in the highest diplomatic forum. They are not alone,” Lodhi said.

“Their plight, their hardship, their pain, their suffering, the occupation and the consequences of that occupation have been heard in the UNSC today.”

She said the fact that this meeting took place “is a testimony to the fact that this is an internationally recognised dispute.”

“The meeting has reaffirmed the validity of the UNSC resolutions on the occupied state of Jammu and Kashmir,” the Pakistani diplomat said.

“As far as my country is concerned, we stand ready for a peaceful settlement of the dispute.”

She said the meeting also nullified India’s claim that Jammu and Kashmir was its “internal matter”.

“Today the whole world is discussing the occupied state and the situation there,” Lodhi said.

She said the UNSC discussed the “abysmal human rights situation in occupied Kashmir, with violations carried out with impunity by India”.

“This is the first step that we have taken on behalf of the people of Jammu and Kashmir,” she quoted Foreign Minister Qureshi as telling her on phone.

“This is the first and not the last step. It will not end here, it will only end when justice is done to the people of Jammu and Kashmir.”

Lodhi further stated: “In conclusion, I only want to say what I started with, the people of Jammu and Kashmir may be locked up, their voices may not be heard in their own homes and in their own land, but their voices were heard today at the United Nations.

“And their voices will always be heard, because Pakistan will always stand by them extending full diplomatic and political support,” she said.

The Pakistani diplomat also expressed her gratitude to the UNSC members for taking up the issue.

“This is the first time in over 50 years that this issue has been deliberated upon by the Security Council. I thank you all,” she concluded.

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