Islamabad, November 05, 2013 (PPI-OT): Pakistan raised the Kashmir issue at the United Nation’s General Assembly and highlighted the fact that realization of the right to self-determination continues to be denied to the people of Jammu and Kashmir, says a press release received from New York.
In a statement at the UN Third Committee Session on Right of peoples to self-determination and Elimination of racism, racial discrimination, xenophobia and related intolerance, Ambassador Masood Khan, Permanent Representative to the UN said that it was regrettable that decades after adoption of UN resolutions, the people of Jammu and Kashmir remain deprived of their fundamental rights.
“They continue to face widespread repression and gross and consistent violations of human rights, which have been documented by independent international human rights organizations”, he added.
“As for the exercise of the right to self-determination, Pakistan, the people of Jammu and Kashmir and the United Nations agree to hold a plebiscite. Only India has to say yes; and engage with Pakistan and resolve this issue for all times to come”, Pakistani Envoy said.
The Ambassador also referred to the statement of Prime Minister Muhammad Nawaz Sharif to the General Assembly in September this year in which he urged the United Nations to remain attentive to the issue of Jammu and Kashmir and to take steps for the full realization of the right to self-determination of its people.
“The struggle of the people of Jammu and Kashmir cannot be characterized as terrorism. Nor can “epicenter of terrorism” be wrongly located by India to Pakistan, simply because it raises the issue of Jammu and Kashmir in the United Nations”, he added.
Pakistan, Ambassador Khan said, was the worst victim of terrorism, whose sources, strategies and execution emanate from our immediate neighborhood and demanded that all networks to destabilize Pakistan through terror be dismantled forthwith.
Ambassador Masood Khan said that discrimination on the basis of religion is one of the contemporary forms of racism. And that Muslims around the world have become a target of intolerance and discrimination because of the condemnable terrorist acts by some individuals and entities. “Misperceptions have been spread about Islam, a religion that rejects racism and preaches tolerance”, he added.
Pakistan extended full support to the various international initiatives for promoting dialogue, understanding and peaceful co-existence among all religions and civilizations.
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