At UN Security Council, Pakistan links Kashmir and Palestine 

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Pakistan has once again raised the Kashmir issue at the Security Council and has linked it to the Palestinian crisis.

“Longstanding, internationally recognised disputes of Palestine and Jammu and Kashmir continue to fester,” Pakistan’s Permanent Representative Maleeha Lodhi told the Council on Wednesday ahead of the upcoming General Assembly emergency session on Jerusalem.

“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

“All resolutions of the Security Council must be implemented uniformly and non-selectively,” she said in an obvious reference to a 1948 resolution of the Council on Kashmir.

“Selective implementation weakens multi-lateralism and the credibility of the UN.”

India maintains that the resolution has been made redundant by the march of history. The plebiscite proposed in the resolution could not be held because Pakistan would not withdraw its troop from areas it controls, and since then Kashmiris have elected their legislators and leaders.

India also uses the 1972 Simla Agreement between India and Pakistan and says that it stipulates that all disputes should be settled bilaterally, precluding third party intervention.

India did not respond to Lodhi’s comments.


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