PAKISTAN’S Permanent Representative at the United Nations Dr. Maleeha Lodhi has once again reminded the world body that its credibility was at stake because of its inability to implement its own resolutions on Kashmir. Speaking at General Assembly’s thematic debate on peace and security, she underlined that the UN was created with the very purpose to prevent and stop injustices like those being meted out to people of Kashmir.
Dr. Maleeha Lodhi has done well by highlighting the cause of Kashmiri people and urging the United Nations to play its role in not only stopping atrocities against innocent Kashmiris in the 21st century but also for durable solution of the dispute that is lingering on for decades despite clear cut UN resolutions envisaging its settlement. That the UN resolutions on Kashmir remain unattended despite the fact that the issue is still on the agenda of the world body, speaks volumes about selective approach of the UN and the world powers. Implementation of these resolutions is ignored just because of bilateral and regional interests of some major powers that identify themselves with the usurper (India) just for the sake of economic and other vested interests. Apart from Dr. Maleeha Lodhi, who has always been very vocal when it comes to national interests of Pakistan and especially the Kashmir issue, Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif also devoted a major chunk of his UN speech to the issue of Jammu and Kashmir. However, there is a feeling that the country is not doing what it should, mainly because of its zest being not to displease India. No one wants war or conflict with India but people of Pakistan would never allow deviation from the principled position of the country on the issue of Kashmir dispute. Therefore, it is incumbent upon the Government and other stakeholders to frame policies and conduct foreign relations in line with this national consensus. There is also a legitimate complaint that Pakistani missions abroad were not vocal on the issue and even fail to counter Indian propaganda which is aimed at maligning Pakistan and Kashmiris by equating their struggle with terrorism. We believe that an all-encompassing approach should be adopted including dispatch of Parliamentary delegations, holding frequent briefings to foreign envoys and media campaign around the globe to highlight the cause of Kashmiris and putting pressure on India to agree to meaningful discussions on the issue.