Pakistan challenges India’s eligibility for UNSC membership
ISLAMABAD: At the United Nations, Pakistan has challenged India’s qualifications for permanent or non-permanent membership of the UN Security Council.
Speaking at UN General Assembly on Tuesday, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to United Nations Munir Akram said New Delhi was in blatant violation of 15-member body’s resolutions aimed at settling the decades-old Kashmir dispute.
He said India had imposed a complete curfew and lockdown on eight million people for more than a 100 days and it was perpetrating massive violations of human rights against them and against its own minority communities.
On Nov 21, Pakistan had expressed deep concern at the absence of action by the UN Security Council to halt India’s violations of human rights and its resolutions in the disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir.
Participating in a debate on ‘The Role of Reconciliation in Maintaining International Peace and Security’ in the UN Security Council, Munir Akram had underlined that the central purpose of the 15-member world body was to settle conflicts.
He said unfortunately, the UN Security Council had had uneven success in resolving threats to and breaches of international peace and security.
Munir Akram had said India annexed Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 in violation of the UN resolutions and placed the disputed state under a repressive lockdown.
He had said since then internet and phone communications are cutoff and thousand of Kashmiris have been arrested, especially young men.
On Oct 27, United Nations Special Rapporteur on Human Rights Agnes Callamard had expressed serious concern over Indian atrocities, killings and violation of freedom of expression in the Indian Occupied Jammu and Kashmir.
To a question at a news conference in New York, Agnes Callamard had said during the past month she had communicated with Indian authorities giving specific details about victims and their perpetrators but the quality of responses had been poor.