United Nations: Pakistan raised the Kashmir issue again at the UN Security Council (UNSC), linking it to the Palestinian crisis and asserting that the world continues to watch these “egregious” situations without addressing them.
Participating in an open debate at the UNSC, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Maleeha Lodhi, on Wednesday said challenges to international peace and security were intensifying at a time when the foundations of global order were fraying.
“The Palestinian and Kashmiri people continue to suffer horrific human rights violations at the hands of occupying forces while the world continues to watch without addressing these egregious situations,” she said during the debate on ‘Addressing complex contemporary challenges to international peace and security’.
The envoy said that conflicts continued to rage across the world, from Africa to Afghanistan. Civil wars and factional fighting in Syria, Libya and Yemen were becoming more vicious and consequential, generating record levels of human displacement, she said.
“Efforts to change the status of Jerusalem threaten to drive an already volatile Middle East into further turbulence and chaos,” Lodhi said, referring to US President Donald Trump’s decision to recognise Jerusalem as Israel’s capital.
“As UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has warned, in the Korean peninsula we may be sleep-walking into a catastrophe. At the same time, longstanding internationally recognised disputes of Palestine and Jammu and Kashmir continue to fester,” the Pakistani diplomat said.
India’s Permanent Representative to the UN, Syed Akbaruddin, hit out at some UN members for failing to “clearly understand” the common threat of terrorism due to their “narrow political and strategic concerns”, apparently referring to Pakistan and China.
“Terror” networks operate across borders in terms of propagation of hateful ideologies, sometimes based in deep-rooted perceived grievances, he said.
“This is a common challenge which requires greater focus by this Council, one where closer international cooperation needs to be, can be, and should be expanded for our common interest,” Akbaruddin told the Security Council during the open debate.
“It appears that this common threat to states and societies is not clearly understood here. Even on counter- terrorism, cooperation continues to elude the Council,” he said.
Akbaruddin also referred to the fact that the UN-designated terrorist, Hafiz Saeed, was seeking to contest elections in Pakistan.
Saeed had announced that his Jamaat-ud-Dawa (JuD) will contest the 2018 general elections in Pakistan under the banner of the Milli Muslim League, which is yet to be registered with the Election Commission.