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Regional Peace Linked to Solution of Kashmir Dispute: Maleeha

New York (October 28, 2017): Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Maleeha Lodhi has said that a peaceful settlement of the Kashmir dispute in accordance with the relevant UN Security Council Resolutions is also a pre-requisite for lasting peace and stability in South Asia.

Lodhi said that they observed Black Day to mark the illegal Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir seventy years ago.

She said we should remember that every day under occupation is a black day for the Kashmiri people. For them, this darkness can only end by an end to occupation.

The Ambassador said the Indian occupation of Jammu and Kashmir is not only a travesty of justice and legality, it is also a betrayal of the legitimate right of the Kashmiri people to determine their own destiny.

The Pakistan Envoy said the Kashmiris have waged a heroic and popular struggle to rid themselves of Indian occupation. India has used massive and indiscriminate force to suppress this indigenous freedom struggle. Yet, the Kashmiris remain resolute in their demand for freedom.

Maleeha Lodhi said the International community must hold India accountable for the grave human rights violations in occupied Jammu and Kashmir.

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