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Call for realization of Kashmiris’ right to self-determination

GENEVA: Right to self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir is the most fundamental right which flows from the universal acknowledgment that all human beings are born free and equal in dignity.

Permanent Representative of Pakistan to the United Nations in Geneva, Ambassador Tehmina Janjua stated this while speaking during the 31st session of the Human Rights Council (HRC) and forcefully raised the issue of right to self-determination for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

She reiterated Pakistan’s principled position, calling for the resolution of the Kashmir dispute, in accordance with the UNSC resolutions as well as aspirations of the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

Ambassador Tehmina Janjua said that the Jammu and Kashmir dispute is one of the oldest, outstanding items on the United Nations Security Council agenda and it needs to be settled urgently.

Despite numerous resolutions, political expediency has prevented the champions of human rights to honour their core commitment with the people of Jammu and Kashmir that is the holding of a free and fair plebiscite to ascertain their wishes about their future.

She said that since the establishment of the United Nations, despite clear unequivocal commitments from the UN Security Council, there has been a tragic failure to ensure the realization of this right for the people of Jammu and Kashmir.

The farcical elections held under the supervision of occupying forces can never be a substitute to a free and impartial plebiscite.

Ambassador Janjua highlighted the human rights violations of the people of Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir who are under repression of Indian occupying force for morethan six decades.

These violations have been exhaustively documented by the Special Procedures of this august Council, as well as by a number of human rights organizations.

She called upon the international including the Human Rights Council to fulfill their responsibility to protect and promote the human rights and fundamental freedoms of the people of Jammu and Kashmir, including their inalienable right to self-determination. APP