Steep rise in India’s LoC violations in Kashmir is alarming: Maleeha
NEW YORK (92 News) – Outgoing Pakistani Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi apprised Under-Secretary-General for peacekeeping La Croix that the steep rise in Indian violations of the Line of Control (Loc) in Kashmir was alarming.
The Pakistani envoy made the proposal during her farewell call the United Nations peacekeeping chief at UN headquarters in New York. She proposed that the UN Military Group in India and Pakistan (UNMOGIP) be strengthened and expanded to help keep peace and stability in the disputed region and along the LoC.
Ambassador Lodhi highlighted the fact that Pakistan was a host to UNMOGIP, one of the oldest missions whose role, she said, has become even more significant due to the recent Indian aggressive actions on the LoC, especially since New Delhi’s illegal annexation of occupied Jammu and Kashmir on Aug 5, when New Delhi placed the disputed state under a lockdown which is still continuing.
In 2018, she added, Indian forces committed more than 3,000 ceasefire violations resulting in the martyrdom of 58 civilians while countless others sustained injuries. “This dangerous trend continues unabated in the current year; in 2019, 2608 ceasefire violations have been committed by Indian forces, causing 44 deaths”, the sources quoted the Pakistani envoy as saying.
During the meeting, she also renewed Pakistan’s pledge to remain active in a leadership role in the world body’s flagship enterprise aimed at promoting peace and stability around the globe.
As one of the world’s top contributors to UN Peacekeeping, Pakistan has since 1960 contributed 200,000 troops and served in 46 missions in 28 countries around the world.
Ambassador Lodhi told Croix, the under-secretary-general for peacekeeping, that Pakistan was proud of its role which, she said, was a testimony to its consistent contribution to the maintenance of international peace and security, according to official sources.
The Pakistani envoy said she felt especially gratified by the fact that it was during her tenure that Pakistan increased women’s participation in its troop contributions to the UN and Islamabad met the 15 percent target set by the UN for female participation last December.
Ambassador Lodhi was the first female to serve as ambassador to the United Nations. Her tenure ends on Oct 31.
UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres has said that former Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations Dr Maleeha Lodhi had played a key role in improving the credibility of Pakistan through her performance and experience.
“Maleeha presented the Pakistani stance on each topic and forum,” he said,
During her farewell meeting, she apprised UN Secretary General Antonio Guterres of the latest situation in Occupied Kashmir. “Pakistan always talks about resolving the problems through dialogues and peaceful way,” he said.