India fails to remove Kashmir issue from agenda at UN annual meeting

Aizbah KhanWeb Editor

15th Sep, 2020. 06:08 pm
India fails to remove Kashmir issue from agenda at UN annual meeting

All attempts by India to remove the 72-year-old Kashmir issue from the agenda of the current United Nations (UN) annual meeting have failed.

It may be recalled that Resolution 47 of the Council, which calls for a peaceful resolution of the Kashmir issue, was passed on April 21, 1948.

In his address to the 75th General Assembly of the United Nations (UNGA), Prime Minister Imran Khan will once again urge the international community to take action to address the plight of the Kashmiri people and India’s widespread human rights abuses.

Munir Akram, Pakistan’s Permanent Representative to the United Nations, said that the Prime Minister would try to end the Indian initiative taken on August 5, 2019, in which the special status of Occupied Kashmir was abolished.

He said that Prime Minister Imran Khan would address the UNGA on September 25 and attend a high-level meeting on illegal financing and a ‘Biodiversity Summit’.

It should be noted that all speeches or activities at the UNGA will be virtual due to Code 19, meaning that world leaders will not be able to attend the 75th UNGA meeting.

The agenda of the Security Council is set out in accordance with established rules and regulations and cannot be changed without consensus.

A member state cannot change the agenda unilaterally.

“We hope that the General Assembly will uphold the right to self-determination and that human rights organizations will seek access to investigate India’s violations,” Akram said.

“Apart from the Kashmir issue, Pakistan will work with other Muslim countries that condemn Islamophobia and protect Islamic places of worship,” he said.

Munir Akram said that Pakistan would join hands with other developing countries to promote its goals in finance, debt relief, infrastructure investment and science and technology.

Pakistan is currently the presidency of the United Nations Economic and Social Council.

“The future we want, the United Nations we need: reaffirming our collective commitment to multilateralism – confronting COVID-19 through effective multilateral action” is the theme of the 75th session of the United Nations.

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