ISLAMABAD: A key committee of UN General Assembly has unanimously passed a Pakistan-sponsored resolution reaffirming right to self-determination for peoples who are subjected to colonial, foreign and alien occupation.
Co-sponsored by 81 countries, the resolution serves to focus world’s attention on the struggle by peoples for their inalienable right to self-determination, including those in Kashmir and Palestine.
Presenting the draft, Pakistan’s permanent representative to the UN Munir Akram highlighted the importance of right to self-determination that enjoys primacy in international law.
He told the committee, in an obvious reference to India’s annexation of Jammu and Kashmir on August 5 when the disputed state was placed under a repressive lockdown with internet and phone communications cutoff.
Munir Akram said curfew, communication blackout and lockdown of civilian population, to suppress their ability to express their demand for freedom and self-determination, were obviously a gross violation of human rights.
On Nov 17, President Dr Arif Alvi had said the Indian occupying forces used rape as a tool in the occupied Jammu and Kashmir which was also highlighted by Human Rights Watch in one of its reports.
On his twitter account, the president had tagged a clip of the Indian TV programme in which an Indian retired army officer SP Sinha and a BJP leader had shamefully advocated rape of Kashmiri women.
Dr Arif Alvi had said imagine the fate of women in the Indian Occupied Kashmir where such men wield power with total impunity.
During the programme, the other participants and female host could be seen shouting “Sinha down” with loud condemnation over his appalling remarks.