Don’t underestimate Pakistan’s resolve to defend itself, says Maleeha

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UNITED NATIONS: A prime Pakistani diplomat Tuesday sternly warned India towards its repeated threats to hold out “surgical strikes” throughout the Line of Management (LoC) within the disputed Kashmir area, saying Pakistan would successfully reply to any Indian aggression.

“All I can say to them is: don’t underestimate Pakistan’s resolve and capability to defend itself,” Pakistan’s Everlasting Consultant to the United Nations Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi advised the UN Basic Meeting.

“Any aggression or intervention will meet an identical and efficient response from our armed forces and the folks of Pakistan,” she mentioned, whereas taking part in a debate on the annual report of UN Secretary-Basic on the work of the organisation.

The Pakistani envoy went on to induce the United Nations and the worldwide neighborhood to take “pressing” motion to prevail on India to cease its open threats to make use of power amid the prevailing tensions between the 2 international locations.

India, she mentioned, resorts to every day violations of the ceasefire alongside the LoC to cowl up its crimes towards the Kashmiri folks and to divert world consideration from its occupation. “It claims, falsely, to have carried out a so-called ‘surgical strike’ throughout the LoC. This declare—and India’s repeated threats to conduct such ‘strikes’ throughout the LOC—represent flagrant violations of the UN Constitution’s injunction towards the use or menace of use of power,” she identified.

“This gives Pakistan enough motive to reply in an train of its proper to self-defence. By making such false claims and blatant threats, are India’s leaders trying to impress a battle with Pakistan,” she requested.

Describing the persevering with Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir a travesty of justice, regulation and morality, the Pakistani envoy mentioned the folks of India-occupied Kashmir nonetheless await the implementation of quite a few Safety Council resolutions, adopted some 70 years in the past, that promised them their inalienable proper to self-determination.

India has used brutal and indiscriminate power to suppress the heroic indigenous freedom motion towards the occupation, she mentioned, noting that a whole bunch of harmless, unarmed Kashmiris have been martyred within the current wave of protests; numerous others have been blinded and maimed by pellet weapons, in what has broadly been described as the primary ‘mass blinding’ in human historical past.

Indian atrocities in Jammu and Kashmir had been well-documented by worldwide human rights organisations, however India defends them. “It doesn’t categorical regret on the acts of the perpetrators of those battle crimes; it rewards them with nationwide honours.”

Ambassador Lodhi mentioned the edifice of peace may solely be constructed on the inspiration of justice. “But, these common beliefs are being violated, in plain sight of the worldwide neighborhood, in Palestine, in Indian occupied Jammu and Kashmir, and elsewhere.”

The Pakistani envoy referred to as on the worldwide neighborhood to not enable impunity to conduct its crimes towards humanity in Kashmir beneath the “flimsy” cowl of combating terrorism. “The one terrorism in Kashmir is India’s state terrorism,” she mentioned.

On its half, Pakistan has been on the frontlines within the battle towards terrorism, with its navy marketing campaign, involving over 200,000 troops, having crushed and eradicated terrorist teams within the nation’s frontier areas and its cities and cities, she mentioned. Regardless of paying a heavy worth—27,000 civilians and troopers martyred, and plenty of extra injured—Pakistan will proceed this battle till its aims had been achieved, she added.

“Extremist ideologies should even be challenged and countered,” she mentioned.

Backing Secretary-Basic Antonio Guterres’ emphasis on ‘prevention’, ambassador Lodhi mentioned a surge in diplomacy was one of the best response to any menace to peace. Through the years, she famous, peacekeeping had remained the UN’s flagship enterprise for battle prevention, mediation and sustaining peace.

“Pakistan, because the world’s prime troop-contributing international locations, was proud to have performed its half in bringing hope to the lives of hundreds of thousands of individuals, caught up in battle internationally,” she mentioned. This yr alone, 5 Pakistani peacekeepers have paid the final word sacrifice to uphold worldwide peace and safety, she knowledgeable.

Pakistani peacekeepers, she mentioned, had all the time displayed the best requirements of professionalism and conduct. Pakistan was additionally among the many first batch of nations to signal the UN’s voluntary compact on stopping and addressing sexual exploitation and abuse, she added.

 

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