Pakistan stresses for initiating intra-Afghan dialogue aimed at ending war
NEW YORK (92 News) – Pakistan has underscored the need for initiating an intra-Afghan dialogue aimed at ending war in the strife-torn country.
Speaking in a debate on the situation in Afghanistan at United Nations Security Council, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative at the UN Dr Maleeha Lodhi highlighted Pakistan’s efforts to facilitate Afghan government-Taliban peace negotiations.
She said that no country other than Pakistan has suffered more from war and foreign intervention in Afghanistan.
She told the 15-member Council that Prime Minister Imran Khan, in his very first address to the nation after his election last year, reaffirmed Pakistan’s support to peace, stability and prosperity in Afghanistan, and that Islamabad played an “active role” towards that objective.
Pakistan calls for UN action to combat Islamophobia
Pakistan has called for new United Nations Strategy and Plan of Action to combat Islamophobia and hate speech.
Pakistan’s permanent representative to UN Maleeha Lodhi said this at a special meeting in New York.
She said an inevitable consequence is to fan the flames of bigotry, intolerance, anti-Muslim hatred and xenophobia.
Maleeha Lodhi said Prime Minister, Imran Khan, has recently called for urgent action to counter Islamophobia, which is today the most prevalent expression of racism and hatred against ‘the other’.
On the occasion, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said that the UN Strategy and Plan of Action provides a system-wide programme with the overriding objective of identifying, preventing and confronting hate speech.
Denial of self-determination to Kashmiris violation of UN Charter
Pakistan has told the UN General Assembly that the continued denial of the right to self-determination to the people of Indian-held Jammu Kashmir (IHK) was not only a travesty of justice, but also an “egregious violation” of the UN Charter.
Addressing a special meeting of the 193-member Assembly to commemorate the “International Day of Multilateralism and Diplomacy for Peace”, Pakistan’s Ambassador to UN Maleeha Lodhi urged the international community to stand united against any attempts to undermine the sanctity of the UN Charter or to reinterpret its fundamental provisions to suit narrow aims.