'We need action': Maleeha Lodhi urges UN to prevent bigger crisis in occupied Kashmir

Posted In: News Date:Sep 9th, 2019

Pakistan’s Ambassador to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has called for action on part of the UN to deal with the crisis-like situation stemming from India's “illegal” annexation of occupied Kashmir and to push for the implementation of the Security Council resolutions that pledged the right of self-determination to the Kashmiri people.

In an interview with Consortium News, an independent American media outlet, she highlighted the gravity of the situation in the disputed region where people have been suffering under a military lockdown for over a month, and urged UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres to take steps to prevent a bigger crisis in South Asia.

“What has happened in occupied Jammu and Kashmir is certainly a flashpoint,” Ambassador Lodhi said, noting that the secretary general and other UN officials have made statements in the wake of the ongoing crisis that called for a settlement of the Kashmir dispute through dialogue between India and Pakistan in accordance with Security Council resolutions and UN Charter provisions.

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“But we need action. We just don't need words. We need action,” she emphasised.

“There are already tensions which are at a peak between India and Pakistan and the situation can snowball into a much bigger crisis,” the envoy warned.

“So, I think, the UN certainly has long-standing obligations, and it also has immediate obligations, including ending the human rights violations that are going on.”

Ambassador Lodhi said Prime Minister Imran Khan was “absolutely right” in repeatedly warning that the situation in Kashmir could turn into a bigger crisis. “This is a very fraught situation,” she said.